SRTUSA INSIDER: New England Forest Rally 2018 PREVIEW -

SRTUSA INSIDER: New England Forest Rally 2018 PREVIEW


Round 4 of the 2018 ARA Championship, New England Forest Rally (NEFR) runs this Friday through Saturday (July 20-21) in the deep woods of Maine and New Hampshire. NEFR marks the mid-point of the ARA season and there will be three rallies left in the championship. Last year’s NEFR winner and 2017 ARA champion Travis Pastrana will rejoin the rally side of Subaru Rally Team USA just one week after his ARX debut at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. NEFR is known as a very rough, technical and rocky rally. If it’s dry on the race day, dust may become an issue. This year, the field will have Berry McKenna who will pilot a proper WRC-spec car and Ken Block will be back with his World Rally car. It’s not going to be a easy rally to win. New England Forest Rally starts at 11am on Friday. See you at the finish!

Round 4 of the American Rally Association Championship Series:
New England Forest Rally 2018

📆 EVENT DATE: 7/20/2018 – 7/21/2018

🚏 HOST TOWN:  Newry, Maine | Errol, New Hampshire

🕙 TIME ZONE: Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)

✈️ NEAREST AIRPORT:  Portland International Jetport (PWM)

⛈ WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 87ºF and a low of 53ºF. Around 50% humidity.

🔗NEFR | Spectator Guide | American Rally Association (ARA) | Live

SRTUSA Drivers:
Travis Pastrana (Co-driver Robbie Durant) Car #1
David Higgins (Co-driver Craig Drew) Car #75

Rally Cars:
2018 Subaru WRX STI Open Class Car – Full Specs

Event Hashtags



“Looking forward to the NEFR! This rally requires a lot of luck on the rough sections of the roads. It’s a rally that is hard to keep a good rhythm as the roads are great but then you have a real rough section or just a big random rock sticking out of the ground so you are often having to change your line or speed to avoid them. It’s definitely an event that we just need to take as many points as possible from while taking no big risks.”


“I’ve missed rally so much! It’s been way too long since my last event. Winning the championship last year was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. I will have the #1 plate on the car at NEFR! I’m so excited to get back in the woods this weekend and have some scary, fast, fun with Dave Higgins, Barry McKenna, Ken Block and the rest of the field!”


SS1 & 2 – Concord Pond (5.27 miles)
Concord Pond is probably the most famous rally stage in all of America! It can only be described as like Finland – lots of big jumps and crests and very fast. It’s the one we look forward to all year and since 2017 we have ran it twice, back-to-back, which as a competitor is awesome! The stage is always lined with so many fans, and as soon as you finish the stage you always want to do it again – thanks to the organizers for allowing us to now do so!

SS3 – South Arm North (9.34 miles)
This stage is a traditional NEFR stage and is incredibly fast, probably one of the fastest stages we do all year. Due to the high average speeds, the stage now consists of 4 chicanes, which are often very tight and tricky to negotiate. There are severe penalties for hitting chicanes, so caution is needed. The stage also has many embedded rocks in the road, painted orange to help see them, and hitting one of these at speed can be a rally-ender.



Total distance: 464.50 miles
Number of stages: 13
Stage distance: 105.13 miles
Stage surfaces: Dirt and loose gravel
Longest stage: Stage 4 Icicle Brook S (15.61 miles)
Highest elevation on stage: 2,000′
Recce: 2 pass
Service Parks: FRI – Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME. / SAT – JML Trucking, Errol, NH.
Official Start: 7/20/18 11:00am
Superspecials:  0
Stages in darkness: None

#75 Subaru WRX STI (David Higgins / Craig Drew)
#1 Subaru WRX STI (Travis Pastrana / Robbie Durant)
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