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Old 02-03-2010, 02:07 PM   #1
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Slick Conditions Challenge at Sno*Drift 2010
By Ryan Douthit, Driving Sports TV



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It was a cold, icy weekend in Michigan -- perfect weather for Sno*Drift, Round 1 of the Rally American Championship. The only official snow rally on the calendar, this year’s event proved particularly challenging. Why? We’ll let Mitsubishi driver Antoine L’Estage explain:

“They got a lot of rain here, turns out it’s like an ice rink. Just a little, thin layer of snow on top of it and, um, yeah, it’s glare ice… you need skates!”
So that’s the backdrop. Bitter cold and slick ice. When faced with a challenge like this, what car would you want to drive? Probably a Subaru, right? Well, here’s a reminder that even world-class All-Wheel Drive needs some amount of traction to be useful.

Case in point, O’Neil rally driving instructor Chris Duplessis and co-driver Catherine Woods dominated the 2-wheel drive class, rocking technology from the George H. W. Bush era. Yes, a 1990 Volkswagen GTI.

Even more astounding was the VW team’s 11th place finish overall… that’s in front of Mancin’s Mitsubishi Evo, Moro’s Subaru STI and many, many other cars that by all rights should spanked the little Volkswagen. The closest two-wheel drive car was another GTI... a staggering 35 minutes behind them! Cheers to you my good man.

Father and Son team of Travis and Terry Hanson won Super Production, and fifth overall in a 2007 Subaru STI. The Hanson team put in a consistent performance over two days and the 130 miles of slick stages.

Finishing third in Open and overall was the privateer team of Bill Bacon and Peter Watt in a Mitsubishi EVO 9. It’s unfortunate this team doesn’t plan on doing the entire series, they obviously have what it takes to mix it up with the factory players, even beating out Subaru Rally Team driver Dave Mirra, who fell all the way to sixth after running into a tree with his Open Class STI… on the final stage.

Second was the Canadian team of Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard in the Rock Star Mitsubishi Evolution X. L’Estage won Sno*Drift in 2008 in a Hyundai Tiburon (note: it’s not your normal Tiburon), but he wasn’t able to repeat the feat this year. By the second day of competition, they started to gain on the leader, but it was already too late.

Travis Pastrana of the Subaru Rally Team USA was just too far ahead, finishing the event more than a minute and a half ahead of L’Estage and taking first overall for the second year in a row. Keep in mind: Pastrana did this after breaking his collarbone just last week (hooning on a motorbike). Following the win he remarked that the pain made him drive smoother than the other competitors, which he believes was actually a benefit in the slippery conditions.

What about Ken Block and the new Monster World Rally Team? After winning the first stage of the first day and then falling back to third after several stages, “Flat out” Kenny from the Block and his new Monster Ford Fiesta were settling into a conservative groove, then disaster struck – suspension gave out at about 110mph. Ken was able to stop the car, but his rally was done. Ken has never done well at Sno*Drift, good thing for him this is the only snow rally he has to worry about on the American calendar.

The next stop for the Rally America Championship is 100 Acre Wood in Salem Missouri, starting February 26. This is an event that Ken Block dominated for the past four years when he drove for the Subaru Rally Team USA. Can he keep the streak alive now that he’s driving a Ford?
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:37 PM   #2
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Nice little article. Must have been nuts when the suspension gives at 110mph!
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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so ...... Block goes to Ford and breaks down and Pastrana wins in his Subaru.

I understand why Block went to Ford, but at the same time ......... why

I hope you the Best Ken Block.
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I think we'll have a much better idea if the Monster team is going to be a competitive threat for 2010 after 100AW. Ken has never done well at Sno*Drift, and considering its a whole new car that has yet to be fully-developed for the American series, that's a lot to deal with out of the gate.
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:10 PM   #5
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Yes i agree, and i do wish them the best, Pastrana and Block
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:37 PM   #6
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Go Travis!

Very unfortunate for Ken, but like the video says, hopefully he will have a show for us in Salem
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:04 PM   #7
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ford - fix or repair daily =D

sad that blocked went to ford.

great article.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:28 PM   #8
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I wish the best of luck for both Subaru and Ken.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:25 PM   #9
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MAN those hosts are uncomfortable to watch...
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:26 PM   #10
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MAN those hosts are uncomfortable to watch...
We can't hire Conan O'Brien for another 6 months. Damn NBC contracts!
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:41 PM   #11
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ok.. yada yada ford.. i dont want to jump on the band wagon.. but a fiesta, seriously, i think of the guy everyone made fun of in high school because he had a fiesta, atleast colin had a focus.. hah
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Nice write up!
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I drove the new fiesta at the Oshkosh airshow in July. It was pleasently surprised when I didn't die on the obstacle course at the airport. However I'd be terrified to go over 70mph in the thing (granted the rally version is more aerodynamic).
What I don't understand is why Ford chose to go with that name with a poor reputation instead of coming up with a new name for the car.
(or why any man would let himself be seen in one)
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Wish these races were televised...
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Wish these races were televised...
You can get Driving Sports TV on Boxee, Roku, FiOS, Bravia and other set top systems. (though, yes, I know what you meant)
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Rally in the U.S. is a joke. Watch the WRC and see what a ford can really do.
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I drove the new fiesta at the Oshkosh airshow in July. It was pleasently surprised when I didn't die on the obstacle course at the airport. However I'd be terrified to go over 70mph in the thing (granted the rally version is more aerodynamic).
What I don't understand is why Ford chose to go with that name with a poor reputation instead of coming up with a new name for the car.
(or why any man would let himself be seen in one)
Bah, I was driving 190 kmh in my rental Fiesta for several hours on the autobahn in november. Its was fine. And this was on snow tires in rain! And the Fiesta has a very good rep, and a very good history of great hot hatches. Just not in this country. I'm glad they stayed with that name rather than, say, VW going back to "Rabbit" when worldwide its a Golf.







And that was the lil 1.2l car.
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I drove the new fiesta at the Oshkosh airshow in July. It was pleasently surprised when I didn't die on the obstacle course at the airport. However I'd be terrified to go over 70mph in the thing (granted the rally version is more aerodynamic).
What I don't understand is why Ford chose to go with that name with a poor reputation instead of coming up with a new name for the car.
(or why any man would let himself be seen in one)
Well as Arnie said the Ford Fiesta name has been enjoying a pretty decent reputation in every market where it is offered. The new Diesel-powered Fiesta is literally flying off dealership lots in Europe. And, oh, yeah, men who are secure with their sexuality will have no problem driving a Fiesta . Anyone unable to comfortably cruise at 80MPH in a Fiesta is a wuss .
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Ford know hows to diagnose a problem by putting a circle around it









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Ford know hows to diagnose a problem by putting a circle around it







yeah but thats not a circle......this is......
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Good one, Spotlight on Canada.


I shouldn't slag Ford and the Big 3 especially when they will indirectly put my kids through college.

Yay Ford, GM and Dodge
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Good one, Spotlight on Canada.


I shouldn't slag Ford and the Big 3 especially when they will indirectly put my kids through college.

Yay Ford, GM and Dodge
just dont show it (my last post) to the border, you guys have the best snowmobile trails id hate to be banned from Canada.
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i was there. pastrana tore that **** up so nicely
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wow the old ford found the problem when they circled their logo. when the car you love (subrau) has a circle around the stars, that is a pretty lame ass line to say about another company.
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