Once Racers Descend into the Valley, the High-Speed Chase Can Commence
Teams had the sense they’d been there before. The steep climb, the rocks and barren trees, the water crossings. As if Special Stage One just wouldn’t relent. A welcome sight for some, and the sign of a grueling day for others. But this longest day of the Yokohama Sonora Rally, presented by Method Race Wheels, wasn’t going quite according to plan. Storms had mutated the land so much the route was unrecognizable enough to the organizers to cut Part One of Stage Two in half. These same systems caused competitors to snorkel through the finish just yesterday. And even abbreviated, the early mountainous section of the day’s challenge would cake the race vessels in mud by its end. But not before picking up the pace – a lot. What better way is there to burn off some steam (and maybe dry out your gear) than to turn up the heat when the road opens up...