Rally America: Travis Pastrana Takes Olympus Win

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IApril 20, 2009

Travis Pastrana took a win for the second time this season at the Olympus Rally on Sunday. The Subaru Rally Team USA driver emerged victorious after a furious Day Two battle with Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard.

“It was awesome—we tied to the 10th of a second on the first stage of the last leg,” said Pastrana the finish. “The competition was amazing.”

Day One leader, Ken Block suffered a turbo failure early Sunday and dropped out of podium contention. The Subaru mechanics were able to repair the trouble, but Block was forced to withdraw after further mechanical problems late Sunday.

Comrie-Picard was unable to make up time in the final stages after trading top times with Pastrana all weekend. ACP ended up taking second place with an ailing transmission in their NOS Energy Mitsubishi EVO IX.

“We lost third and fourth gear in the last two stages today, and had to hold it in fifth,” said Comrie-Picard at the end of the day. “But this finish means we’re still in the championship lead, and we’re happy.” 

Tanner Foust finished third in his Rockstar Energy Team Mitsubishi EVO X. Foust had been in the hunt for the lead early on, but suffered trouble with their transmission late Saturday that put them at a disadvantage.

“It was pretty good out there,” said Foust. “We were battling on the first day and putting good time on Travis until we had our problem—it’s a promising thing for the car.”

In fourth place was Polish ace Andi Mancin, followed by Super Production class winner Pitor Wiktorczyk in fifth.

With Today’s results, ACP takes the sole lead of the Rally America Championship with 48 points, followed by Pastrana and Foust, who are tied for second with 45 points apiece.

Photo and Quotes courtesy of Rally America.