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L'Estage Breaks Block's Concord Pond Record

Antoine L'Estage has smashed the Concord Pond stage record set by Ken Block in 2009 by 9.9 seconds.

L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard flew through the iconic 5.38-mile test at a blistering pace setting the new time to beat at 4 minutes and 8 seconds. The Rockstar Mitsubishi crew clocked an average speed of 78.1 mph on their run!

Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino set the previous Concord Pond record at 4 minutes and 17.9 seconds in 2009 while driving a Subaru Impreza STI. It remained untouched until today. more...

Hanson Crashes Out of New England

Travis Hanson's New England Forest Rally has come to a disappointing end after the defending Super Production champion crashed out on the event's opening stage, the .55-mile Sunday River 1 spectator stage.

Hanson, who is co-driven by his father Terry Hanson, went off the road near the end of the stage in a section where the surface transitions from gravel to asphalt. more...

New England Forest Rally 2012: Weather & Road Conditions

The format of the New England Forest Rally (NEFR) based in Newry, Maine at the Sunday River Ski Resort has undergone some significant changes from previous years including the addition of new stages to the schedule.

The 2012 edition of NEFR is serving as the penultimate round of the American championship instead of holding its place on the calendar as the season's closing event as it had in 2010 and 2011. more...

Road Position Could Prove Advantageous for L'Estage

Antoine L'Estage has elected to run first on the road Friday as he seeks his third consecutive New England Forest Rally win.

The defending Canadian champion's decision to sweep the loose gravel off of the opening day stages could play to his favor with dry, dusty conditions expected to cause visibility issues for crews behind him in road position.

L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard are a favorite to win in Maine following their victory at STPR in Pennsylvania last month and more recently at Quebec's Rallye Baie-des-Chaleurs. more...

Exclusive Q&A; with David Higgins before NEFR

Subaru factory driver David Higgins is set to claim the fourth American title of his career at this weekend's New England Forest Rally (NEFR). The Manxman and co-driver Craig Drew head into the penultimate Round of the series with a significant points lead having won Sno*Drift and Oregon Trail outright and finishing second on the podium at both 100 Acre Wood and Susquehannock Trail.

Higgins must now finish NEFR sixth overall or better to mathematically secure his second consecutive crown with Subaru Rally Team USA before the final Round in September. more...

BREAKING: L'Estage Wins Baie Uncontested

Antoine L'Estage has taken a decisive victory on a wet and stormy 35th edition of Rallye Baie-des-Chaleurs based in New Richmond, Quebec.

L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard opened up a comfortable lead on Friday and continued to grow their margin throughout Saturday's stages as their rivals succumbed to various mechanical problems. The defending Canadian champions finished the rally with an advantage of over three minutes further extending their Series lead at the midway point of the season having also won the two previous Rounds. more...

Higgins Comments from STPR Podium

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2011 American rally champion David Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew clawed their way back from 13th to second overall at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally based in Wellsboro, PA this weekend.

Higgins and Drew finished 1 minute 15.1 seconds behind eventual winners and championship nemesis Antoine L'Estage and his co-driver Nathalie Richard. Third was CrazyLeo Urlichich and co-driver Carl Williamson who were 2 minutes 26.9 seconds behind L'Estage. more...

L'Estage Comments on his STPR Win

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The chase for the 2012 American rally championship became marginally more dramatic this weekend after a come-from-behind win by 2010 champion Antoine L'Estage and his co-driver Nathalie Richard at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally based in Wellsboro, PA. more...

BREAKING: L'Estage Takes STPR Victory

Antoine L'Estage wins the 36th edition of the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR).

L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard took an early lead on Friday despite severe overheating problems but their advantage was compromised by an uncharacteristic timing penalty late in the evening. more...

Higgins Aims to Claw Back Time

Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins will be pushing to recover lost time on day two of the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR).

Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew had a tough start on Friday when gearbox problems on the opening stage of the rally cost them nearly a minute and a half. The defending American champions were forced to limp through two more stages with a broken front differential and preserve the car before they could return to Service in Wellsboro. more...


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