VIDEO: Subaru Rally Team USA Brilliant in 100 Acre Wood Rally

MyDrive | David Higgins and Craig Drew piloted their Subaru WRX STI rally car to a dominant win at the 2013 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Missouri, giving them the current Rally America Championship lead.  Watch more Subaru rally videos and photo galleries at: http://www.subaru.com/rally

Salem, Mo. Feb. 25, 2013 – Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins overcame the mud, snow, and ice that saturated the 2013 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood to take a dominating win in his 2013 Subaru WRX STI rally car. Set in Missouri’s Ozark Foothills, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood is the second round of the 2013 Rally America National Championship and is regarded as the fastest rally in the USA. However, this year a winter storm blanketed the region in a layer of ice and snow, making conditions treacherous at best. With maximum traction delivered by Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive over the difficult terrain, Higgins drove faultlessly, while his key rivals hit trouble early, to win by nearly nine minutes, and vault to the lead of the Driver’s Championship standings.

Higgins took the rally lead early on the first day of competition when his two key rivals faltered due to driving mistakes and mechanical trouble. Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew steadily increased their lead throughout the event while driving fast and mistake-free on the difficult road conditions.

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The 2013 Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru WRX STI ran trouble free throughout the weekend; Higgins and Drew were fastest on 12 of the event’s 16 stages. “I started the rally a little slow but upped the pace from stage two and was just trying to keep close to the lead to be ready for an attack on day one’s night stages. As it turned out though our rivals fell into deep trouble before that and from there onwards it was just a case of keeping my focus and driving mistake free,” explained Higgins. “The conditions were very difficult but we had the right car and setup to deal with it.”

The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood was the only Rally America round that Higgins had yet to notch a win on, making victory here that much sweeter. “This was the rally I most wanted to win and the team did a great job reacting to the different conditions to give me the car that I needed to get the job done. This result puts us in a great position to defend our Championship.”

Subaru Rally Team USA will enjoy a short break before heading to Portland, Ore. for round three, the Oregon Trail Rally May 3-4, 2013. Confidence should be high for Higgins and the team for this round, as Higgins has won the Oregon Trail Rally four times thus far in his career, including the last two years in a row.

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