SRTUSA INSIDER: STPR EDITION
Round 3 of the 2018 ARA Championship runs this Friday through Saturday (June 1-2). Last year’s STPR winner David Higgins will be joined in the team’s second car by Chris Atkinson. Higgins and Atko are headed to the forests of Pennsylvania direct from England after competing at the inaugural Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) event at Silverstone.
This will be Chris Atkinson’s second stage rally in America, after competing at Oregon Trail Rally in April. Having never competed at STPR means Atko and his co-driver Stephane Prevot have no past pace notes to review and they must create their own fresh notes; a big challenge since STPR doesn’t offer two pass recce.
While David Higgins and Craig Drew may have upper hand to Atko, with lots of experience at STPR, they will face some new stages and may suffer from dusty conditions depending on their running order on the road. Another Open-class driver, Barry McKenna, is scheduled to enter this rally and other fast national drivers may also pose a threat. It’s going to be an exciting week!
Round 3 of the American Rally Association Championship Series: Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) 2018
EVENT DATE: 6/1/2018 – 6/2/2018
HOST TOWN: Wellsboro, PA. – Home of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon located 52 miles (84 km) northwest of Williamsport, PA.
TIME ZONE: Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)
️ NEAREST AIRPORT: Elmira / Corning Regional Airport (ELM)
WEATHER: Warm and humid with possible showers and thunderstorms. Temperature is between 60-86F.
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2018 Subaru WRX STI Open Class Car – Full Specs
|DAVID HIGGINS #75 SUBARU WRX STI
“I’m looking forward to STPR after just finishing up the debut Americas Rallycross round in the UK. It is really a difficult rally especially when weather can come in and it can create very difficult, slippery conditions. I know it’s going to be a big challenge for us this weekend.”
|CHRIS ATKINSON #55 SUBARU WRX STI
“It sounds like a tough stage rally at STPR. I’m looking forward to getting back in the rally car with no pressure there and I’m just going to enjoy the rally. With one pass recce and since I don’t know the roads at all, it’s going to be a big learning experience. I’ll try having good pace as we found some good rhythm at the end of the last rally (at Oregon Trail Rally). If we are going to have the pace again, we sure can have a good rally there.”
Total distance: 272.26 miles
Number of stages: 15
Stage distance: 131.63 miles
Stage surfaces: Hard packed clay, gravel, and stone.
Longest stage: Stage 13 (29.26 miles)
Highest elevation on stage: 2543′
Recce: 1 pass
Service Parks: Friday – Tioga County Fairgrounds, Whitneyville, PA
Saturday – Where Braun Memorial Field, Germania, PA
Official Start: 6/1/18 at 14:01
Stages in darkness: SS3, SS4, SS14 and SS15
|#75 Subaru WRX STI (David Higgins / Craig Drew)||#55 Subaru WRX STI (Chris Atkinson / Stéphane Prévot)|
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