Coming off a podium 3rd place finish at the opening Sno*Drift rally in Michigan, the Bacon Motorsport team went into the 100 Acre Wood hungry to keep their momentum. That is just what they did, showing off their ability to be a consistent contender, Bill Bacon and co-driver Peter Watt ran fast and hard and once again found the podium with a 3rd place finish. This podium has placed them 2nd in the Rally America current point standings for the 2010 season and keeps them on the leader board as the highest placing privateer team.
The road conditions and weather at the 100 Acre Wood rally are always a concern when preparing. A week before the team packed up the transporter to head south, the conditions of the roads were said to have snow and mud. When the team arrived and did the recce on Thursday they found that the roads were a rougher than they had remembered last year, though not as muddy as expected and the snow had all but disappeared. There were a number of water crossings that were filled with golf ball size stones but for the most part the roads of the 100 Acre Wood were fast and dry.
After finishing the five stages on Friday, the Bacon Team found themselves in fourth place and in a good position going into Saturday’s stages. The car was running strong and “relatively” trouble free, the team had a plan to keep pressing the leaders with all they had. On Saturday, the top 3 teams were running fast and making up time proved to be a challenge. It wasn’t until midday on Saturday when a broken control arm took Travis Pastrana out of the rally that the podium door opened.
With only two stages remaining Bill analyzed the competition and realized he was comfortably in third. The time between second and third was too great of a differential to make up so a decision was made to try and take it easy the rest of the race. This plan almost cost the team the podium when they came into a right 4 over crest into a dip with water.
“We came in too hot and bottomed the front of the car and damaged the skid plate,” said Bill Bacon. “I thought that the front of our skid plate had dropped acting as a funnel to shoot rocks into the engine bay. Thankfully just the front of the skid plate had broken and folded back, causing the horrific noise.”
The noise from the damaged skid plate caused Bill to slow and allowed room for the factory sponsored Subaru of Dave Mirra in 4th place to begin to close the gap but he ultimately ran out of stage miles to make up the 2 minutes he was down to the Bacon team.
Currently second place in the championship points, the Bacon Team is looking to make the drive west to compete next at the Olympus Rally, based in Olympia, Washington on April 23-25 and Oregon Trail Rally in Hood River, Oregon on May 14-16.
Bill Bacon and Peter Watt are consistently the highest placing privateer team in the Rally America Series. The team competes in the Open Class of the Rally America Championship in a 2006 Mitsubishi Evolution 9 and is supported by family and friends when at home and events. Please follow the team throughout the 2010 season on Facebook and Twitter!
The Bacon Motorsport team is actively pursuing partnership opportunities. If your business is interested in sharing in the success of the Bacon Team please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Tim Williams
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