Lovell/Turvey win big, snap-ip kead for Subaru. RUMFORD, Maine Day two of the 2002 Maine Forest Rally proved to be the lucky charmer for Mark Lovell the 2001 Drivers Champion and Steve Turvey, now with two impressive back-to-back wins after a...
Lovell/Turvey win big, snap-ip kead for Subaru.
RUMFORD, Maine Day two of the 2002 Maine Forest Rally proved to be the lucky charmer for Mark Lovell the 2001 Drivers Champion and Steve Turvey, now with two impressive back-to-back wins after a winless streak that lasted the entire first half of the season. Fast action, thrilling stage roads and a schedule friendly to fans and entrants alike are traditional characteristics of the Maine Forest Rally, and this year didn't disappoint the fans or the entrants.
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What could be described as "just driving a better rally" - Lovell and Turvey for two days simply dodged the pitfalls of rallying better than anyone else, and brought home a convincing win for Subaru. In addition, by earning maximum points, Lovell has significantly enhanced his chances for a 2nd driver's championship. Finishing nearly three minutes ahead of 2nd place challenger Tom McGeer the defending champion also posted the largest margin of victory of the 2002 SCCA ProRally season. That's not to say that Lovell's drive was not without some excitement - the right front fender required some sledgehammer adjustments at the midday service, and a hasty 17-minute transmission swap on day one went right down to the wire.
Current driver's championship points leader David Higgins, blessed with four consecutive wins this season, suffered a variety of rallying cruel twists, running into an embankment on Day one, damaging his front suspension, and getting punctures early in day two, and on the last stage, the last incident wresting away from him an almost certain 2nd place finish. It nearly cost him the 3rd place podium position as well; a hard charging Paul Choiniere finishing a mere 6 seconds behind. Regardless, Higgins, while not jubilant with his finish, was ecstatic with the roads: "the stages we ran today are simply the finest rally roads I've ever ran on - positively incredible."
Brother Mark Higgins was similarly hindered in the Hyundai, with punctures and rear-bumper removing exercise early in Day 2. "Miggins" was pleased with the finish, after several frustrating mechanical DNF's, the impressively quick Tiburons finishing in 4th and 5th place.
Championship Driver's standings. David Higgins: 103, Lovell: 83, Mark Higgins: 66, Rhys Millen: 40, Mark Nelson: 39. MFG Standings: For the first time this year, Subaru has taken the lead away from Hyundai, now leading 92 over Hyundai's 86, and Mitsubishi's 52. Mitsubishi and the talented team of Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Matt Chester continues to expand their lead over Mazda in Group 2, handily leading that championship 100 to 68. O'Sullivan leads the Group 2 Drivers Championship as well.
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