SCCAÂ® ProRally Championship - Round 3 - Oregon Trail Day Two Results and News David Higgins captures top podium. HILLSBORO, Oregon The second day of rally action in the high country of western Oregon saw another round of intense performance...
SCCA® ProRally Championship - Round 3 - Oregon Trail
Day Two Results and News
David Higgins captures top podium.
HILLSBORO, Oregon The second day of rally action in the high country of western Oregon saw another round of intense performance rallying, culminating with a satisfying victory for the young driver and his new to SCCA ProRally co-driver Chris Patterson. Rhys Millen finally earned a podium spot he has been yearning to visit again since last November, and Mark Higgins placed Hyundai back on the podium with another determined drive. Keeping all the works teams honest were Carl Jardevall with Amity Trowbridge, local competitors that know the roads well, finishing just 59 seconds behind the 3rd place Hyundai.
Key Notes & Quotes:
* Rhys Millen equaled his best finish of the 2001 season with a solid 2nd place finish, just 40 seconds behind Higgin's WRX. Pushing his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5 - a car he admits has "been through hell" - as hard as he dared, Millen won three stages outright over David Higgins, and kept solid pace on the balance. At the evening prize giving ceremonies Rhys thanked his crew for overcoming a lot of developmental problems since Round 2, and also congratulated his co-driver Garry Cowan for his patience as he came to grips with the stage notes, and urged all in attendance to stick with the notes - calling it "the future of the sport."
* For a second event in a row, Hyundai's Mark Higgins and Michael Gibson have shown absolute resolve in the face of adversity, coming back from a transmission failure that put him several minutes behind in SS4 and SS5. While similar transmission problems sidelined Paul Choiniere, the crew was able to get the 8-time champion's car operational again overnight, and the event Organizer's allowed Choiniere to run the balance of the event as the course opening car. This gave the Libra Racing team and driver some much needed seat time with the all-new cars, and gave rally fans a chance to see and hear these state of the art rally cars up close and at speed.
* After three rounds, with both good and bad luck impacting all three Overall Championship works teams, as well as the leading Independents, the points race heading to the Championship's most brutal event, the legendary Rim of the World in the Angeles National Forest encompassing Palmdale, California is still tight, with the Higgins brothers beginning to establish a more secure hold on the lead and 2nd place. Unofficial standings for the overall Driver's Championship are: David Higgins: 45, Mark Higgins: 38 and Mark Lovell: 32. Rhys Millen's strong finish makes him the big gainer of the weekend, displacing Subaru's Lagemann for 4th place in the standings, with 24 points.
* The Overall Manufacturer's Championship has been thrown a totally unexpected curve, with the retirement of both works Subarus and Millen's strong podium showing at Oregon. Unofficial standings after three rounds are: Hyundai 40, Mitsubishi 29 and Subaru 27. Mitsubishi will be adding a third car to their team at Rim, with Rhys debuting the teams all new Evo VII, and Rhys' father, rally legend Rod Millen, returning to the SCCA ProRally Championship at Round #4 in two weeks.
* The Two-wheel-drive Manufacturer's Championship likewise is being overturned, with Mitsubishi taking over the lead from an absent Mazda, 40 to 32. Mazda will be back in the hunt with an upgraded MP3 Protege at Rim of the World.
The SCCA ProRally Championship is presented by Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Subaru, and is televised in North America on SpeedChannel. Time and date listing information available at www.speedtv.com
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