Flatirons at NEFRBoulder, CO – The New England Forest Rally, based in Bethel, Maine, marked the sixth round of the Rally America National Championship. For the Tuning Rally Team the 2007 event would only be the second time the Boulder, Colorado, based team would make the journey across the country to the far northeastern event. Despite the lack of experience hopes were high going into the event after winning the 2006 event.

“We made the decision to go to New England to see if we could get back into the championship hunt. After a string of two disappointing finishes we wanted to get back on the right track and collect some valuable points. Hopefully our bad luck is behind us and maybe we can catch a couple breaks in the rest of the season and get back into the fight for the Production GT National Championship.” Stated co-driver Scott Crouch.
Heading into the rally the Flatirons Tuning team was a somewhat distant third place in the championship and in need of maximum points so strategy would be key. “With Matthew [Johnson] absent from the rally we really wanted to focus on getting a lead in the first series of stages so we could drive from the front and control the pace. Without having to drive at 100% we really didn’t have any issues or make any mistakes.” Commented driver Stephan Verdier, who later added, “I think this bodes well for the championship for the team, just about everything about the car is getting better and we are finding better pace.”
When the dust settled at the end of day two on Saturday, July 14, the Flatirons Tuning Rally Team finished first in Production GT with more than a minute lead on championship leader Pat Moro. “This was a great finish for the team. It feels great to be able to finish a rally back on the podium, especially to be first. The stages were fantastic and there were a lot of spectators, which made it really fun and enjoyable to drive. We are just really happy to take 22 points for the championship and be able to load the car on the trailer and take it back to the shop without having to do any major repairs.” Said Verdier after the podium celebration.

The Driver:
Stephan Verdier, of Long Beach, CA, is a former top Production GT championship contender and has taken two overall rally wins to date in his rallying career. In addition to his duties as the driver for the Flatirons Tuning Rally Team, Verdier also competes in the Formula D Drifting series where he competes in a rear wheel driver Subaru WRX STi as well as participating in a variety of Time Attack races. Along with his exploits Verdier is a former French National Downhill Skiing competitor as well as former 2 times Winter X Games Skier Cross competitor.

The Co-Driver:
Scott Crouch is the General Manager of Flatirons Imports in Boulder, CO, home to the largest Subaru Dealership in the Rocky Mountain region. Scott has been co-driving for over three years and won the 2005 Rally-America Production GT National Co-Driver Championship as well as was on one of the first 12 teams to compete for Rally Gold at the ESPN X Games in 2006. Scott is the proud father of three children and is supported by his wife Libby.

The Sport:
Performance or Stage Rally is the world’s second largest and one of the oldest forms of motor sport, reaching over 801 million viewers world wide in 2005, and is a pinnacle of automotive technology and car control. Teams compete in, street legal, production based vehicles in a variety of different classes. Times are taken from closed road sections called stages which consist of a wide range of surfaces, including but not limited to, ice, snow, gravel, mud, and sand, where teams drive as fast as possible in an exercise of all out automotive and driver performance. This exciting and challenging form of motor sport is one of the most visually stunning exercises of all out car and driver performance.

Words by: Flatirons Tuning Media
Photo by: Pete Kuncis/Onalimbracing.com

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Rally-America: http://www.Rally-America.com
Flatirons Tuning: http://www.FlatironsTuning.com
Cobb Tuning: http://www.COBBtuning.com
The Flatirons Rally Team Website: http://www.FlatironsRally.com/



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