STRONG SHOWING FOR BMX LEGEND DAVE MIRRA AT THE 100 ACRE WOOD RALLY (February 28, 2008) BMX Legend and rookie rally car driver Dave Mirra contested his fourth rally race at the 100 Acre Wood Rally last weekend, round 2 of the 2008 Rally America...
STRONG SHOWING FOR BMX LEGEND DAVE MIRRA AT THE 100 ACRE WOOD RALLY
(February 28, 2008) BMX Legend and rookie rally car driver Dave Mirra contested his fourth rally race at the 100 Acre Wood Rally last weekend, round 2 of the 2008 Rally America National Championship. Mirra was on pace for a finish within the top twelve at the wheel of his BFGoodrich Tires-shod Monster Energy Subaru Impreza when he impacted a tree stump just four miles from the finish on the final stage of the event. Nevertheless, Mirra's driving showed considerable progress and his stage times continued to improve in his rookie year contesting the Rally America Championship.
"The 100 Acre Wood Rally was amazing up until the last stage!," explained Mirra. "I had worked my way up the standings stage by stage and felt very solid the entire rally. I pulled up to the last stage and was excited that I had such a great rally and I told myself to just finish. I guess I slowed down my mind and not the car! I ran wide in any icy turn and clipped a tree stump which ended my chance to a great finish."
After contesting three snow rallies in as many months, the 100 Acre Wood Rally was to be Mirra's gravel rally debut. The Salem, Missouri based event is highly regarded by rally drivers for its fast and flowing gravel roads. However, an onslaught of freezing rain and snow in the days prior to the event turned the area roads into treacherously slick sheets of ice.
After starting 37th on the road, Mirra and co-driver Alan Ockwell quickly moved up the field by setting strong stage times in their naturally aspirated 2006 Subaru Impreza. After day one the duo sat in 17th Overall behind a pack of higher horsepower turbocharged Open Class cars. On the second day of competition Mirra continued to climb up the standings, tackling the treacherously icy stage roads with confidence and eventually reaching an amazing 13th Overall in the standings.
On the final stage, with just four miles of icy roads remaining until the finish Mirra ran wide on an icy turn and slammed his front left wheel into a small hidden tree stump. The overall damage from the impact was minor and both Mirra and Ockwell were unhurt, but the front left wheel was so badly damaged that they were forced to retire from the event.
Mirra is now once again looking forward to his gravel rally debut at the next round of the Rally America National Championship, the Olympus Rally based in Olympia, Washington on April 19-20.