On Saturday, May 22, Detroit Region presented the Eastern States Rallycross Championship (comically dubbed the "Eastern Underwater Championships") at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in Adrian, Mich. Because of rain and a lack of drainage, the horse track site quickly turned into an unusable muck pit.
track,” Martin told us. “It was a Warren Elliott drove the Terminator, an GETTING DIRTY challenge, but when we all worked Audi A4, to victory in a competitive RALLYCROSS BY LUCAS LAESER together we turned a lemon into 13-car class. lemonade. We used pneumatic hoses “The M4 class had a lot of talent in RAIN OR SHINE, at the start and ﬁ nish timing area and Detroit, and I did not post the fastest IT’S RALLY TIME! O ran over 900 runs in the rain and mud times,” Elliot said. “I hit two cones after n Saturday, May 22, Detroit with zero timing problems! I’d like to the ﬁnish on the ﬁrst run, the next 15 Region presented the Eastern make special mention of Ken runs were clean. My competitors were States Rallycross Wiedbusch for his efforts in not able to run clean and fast in the Championship (comically dubbed the developing and improving this system slick conditions. Both Nathan Usher and “Eastern Underwater Championships”) so that it can work ﬂawlessly all day in Orion Fairman were tough competitors at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in any conditions.” who could have taken the win if the Adrian, Mich. Because of rain and a The Stock Front winner was DC cones went the other way” lack of drainage, the horse track site Region’s Brent Trail in his Honda CRX. Elliot also commented, “My favorite quickly turned into an unusable muck American muscle dominated the Stock thing at the event was the fast left pit. Plan B was a grass ﬁeld behind the Rear class and Detroit Region’s Steve hand turn in the third run group. I did facility, which was also too wet. Baumbach charged to ﬁrst in a Black six great pendulum turns in a row. Undeterred, 56 psyched RallyCrossers Dodge Challenger. Detroit’s Chris Thanks Team O’Neil!” from across the country put Plan C, Lanctot slipped his “RallyTaco”, a “The Detroit Region organizers did the only other option, into action on a Toyota Tacoma, to ﬁ rst in Prepared a great job with what Mother Nature gravel road with three slight Rear. In Prepared Front, Detroit gave them – about ﬁve inches of rain conﬁguration changes for a total of 16 Region driver Doug Harvey scored within three days of the event. [The slippery stages. another win in his Plymouth Neon. region] made the best of less than “Although the runs were short, they In Mod 2, New England Region’s Hal perfect conditions at the fairgrounds,” were sweet and, best of all, we didn’t Denham took the ﬁrst spot in the commented Denham. have to cancel [the event],” said 10-driver class, piloting his VW GTI. For more i
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