Burke/Fries Win International Rally New York
Reigning U.S. national champion driver Seamus Burke and co-driver Eddie Fries (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) have taken the overall win in International Rally New York, after two days of competition in the Catskill Mountains. The team took first place on the first special stage, and never gave it up. This was accomplished despite the fact that the car's transmission lacked fourth gear (of five) since the afternoon of the first day.
The rally included one day of very fast paved special stages and one day of dusty dirt/gravel. Total distance was approximately 400 miles, with about 100 miles of special stages.
Cyril KearneyDominik Jozwiak (Subaru Impreza) claimed second overall late in the rally, out-racing some of their competitors and out-lasting others. Arkadiusz Gruszka/Michal Chodan (Subaru Impreza N11) placed third.
In the two-wheel-drive category, Rafal Listopad/Amy Feisel (Volkswagen Golf) were also commanding winners. Their only concern was a failure of the car's front motor mount, but a strap was substituted by their service crew so that the car could finish. Hampton Bridwell/Josh Katinger (Ford Focus SVT in the Production 2WD class) were second.
Note: These results are subject to official confirmation.