Mazda Driver Wyatt Knox took his first National two wheel drive class win this past weekend at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood based in Salem, MO, the second round of the Rally America National Championship Series. The victory was greatly attributed to two days of clean driving by Knox and excellent in-car communication with his new teammate Ole Holter, the 2010 Super Production Co-Driver Champion. The team’s finish boosts Knox in National 2wd standings to 2nd just 2 points behind driver Dylan VanWay.
Knox charged out of the start Friday in the Mazda Speed3 to gain a lead on the field after the first day of competition, putting the team in great standing for the second day of racing. Saturday Wyatt posted more blistering times for the win; pleased with his stage times he said, “There was one 11 mile stage that we finished in under 9 minutes, which is almost unheard of in 2wd rallying.” The team finished 3 minutes ahead of 2nd place Chris Greenhouse and Brian Johnson and over 6 minutes in front of VanWay in 3rd. This year’s race gave the competitors a challenge with extremely wet conditions, causing water crossings and flooded stages after a heavy rainfall; circumstances the Team O’Neil driving instructor could handle.
Coming off the momentum of the 1st place class finish the team looks to prepare for the next event in the Championship Series on the west coast for the Olympus Rally in Ocean Shores, WA on April 30th and May 1st. Knox and Holter will be racing the remainder of the season together including some Canadian events, and are looking to build on their successful first rally together.
For a video of highlights on Wyatt Knox and Ole Holter’s race at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood visit here http://mattjohnstonrally.com/RA100AW/Wyatt100AW.mp4.
Wyatt Knox would like to thank his sponsors Mazda, BF Goodrich, Team O’Neil, Blanco Basura Racing, Ogontz Group, and S&S Precision for their continued support. For more information on Wyatt Knox visit his website at www.wyattknox.com.
Photos: Alison Merion Padron
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