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Orders Takes Command in Oregon

2011 Australian Junior rally champion Will Orders is making his presence felt at his American rally debut this weekend at the Oregon Trail Rally east of Portland.

Orders and his co-driver Toni Feaver are fourth overall in their 24-year-old Nissan Silvia. They pushed hard on Day 2 today finishing third fastest on two special stages, SS7 and SS11.

Orders and Feaver lead the 2WD category at Oregon Trail by 19.6 seconds over Andrew Comrie-Picard and co-driver Jeremy Wimpey in a 2011 Scion xD. Third in 2WD is Edward McNelly and co-driver Ole Holter in a 2011 Ford Fiesta R2. more...

Yeoman Poised for Podium Finish

At the end of day two of the three day Oregon Trail Rally, Michigan driver Adam Yeoman is the highest ranking American still in the event.

Defending national champion David Higgins from the Isle of Man leads the event with his co-driver Craig Drew. Second is Canadian challenger CrazyLeo Urlichich with his co-driver Carl Williamson.

Yeoman and co-driver Jordan Schulze are sitting third overall with one day to go. This is only Yeoman's 12th rally ever.

Here's what Yeoman had to say: CLICK more...

Heartache for L'Estage in Oregon

Antoine L'Estage's American title hopes are dashed after an early retirement from the Oregon Trail Rally.

L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard started day two only 9 seconds behind defending champion David Higgins before losing more than a minute on Saturday's opening stages due to electrical problems and a puncture. Their electrical problems persisted after the day's first Service and the crew was forced out of the event on Stage 7 when their Rockstar Mitsubishi Evo X lost its power. more...

Duplessis' Observations on Day Two of Oregon Trail

Editor’s Note: 2010 American 2WD champion Chris Duplessis, the current points leader in 2WD after winning at both Sno*Drift and 100 Acre Wood, will not be at the third round of the championship this weekend at the Oregon Trail Rally. more...

O'Sullivan Burdened With Mechanical Issues

After SS8 Lauchlin O'Sullivan and co-driver Scott Putnam are 12th overall and fourth in the Super Production category at the Oregon Trail Rally east of Portland in a resort community called The Dalles. At the second service of the day the crew is fourth in Super Production 2:38 from third.

Here's what co-driver Putnam said at midday: more...

Sterckx and ACP Move to the Front

Saturday morning of the Oregon Trail Rally has again proven to be eventful as drama shakes up the overnight standings.

David Sterckx and co-driver Karen Jankowski have inherited the Super Production class lead from Lauchlin O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan and co-driver Scott Putnam encountered a slew of issues including overheating, a puncture, and losing their brakes on stage. O'Sullivan now heads into the second set of Saturday's stages 7 minutes behind Sterckx and having little confidence in his brakes. more...

L'Estage Loses Time to Electrical Issues

Problems on Saturday morning at the Oregon Trail Rally are legendary and this year is no different.

We've learned that defending Canadian rally champions Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard had electrical problems on two stages this morning plus a flat tire.

They've fallen more than a minute behind rally leaders David Higgins and Craig Drew, the defending American rally champions. L'Estage started the day only nine seconds in back of Higgins.

You can hear the disappointment in his voice. more...

Higgins Extends his Lead After Morning Loop

As is the norm at the Oregon Trail Rally, the Saturday morning stages have shaken out the competition on the forest and farm roads east of Portland.

At the top of the leaderboard, defending American rally champion David Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew have opened a 1:20.2 minute lead on Canadian champion Antoine L'Estage and his co-driver Nathalie Richard.

Higgins was only nine seconds ahead at the beginning of the day. But the Subaru Rally Team USA crew did have some problems after going off the road on SS6. more...

Co-Driver Putnam Faces Fierce SP Battle

After the PIR Spectator Stages at the 2012 Oregon Trail Rally, Lauchlin O'Sullivan and co-driver Scott Putnam are fifth overall and leading the Super Production category by 1.5 seconds over David Sterckx and co-driver Karen Jankowski. In other words, they have a real fight on their hands!

Here's a Saturday morning update from Putnam: more...

Oregon Trail 2012: Weather & Road Conditions

The 2012 Oregon Trail Rally now moves on to its proper gravel stages after a wet opening day at Portland International Raceway. Crews will contest the scenic forest and farm roads of the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland in the areas of The Dalles and Dufur. more...


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