Rally Race driver Bill Holmes and his co-driver Sean Gallagher pulled off another overall win in the California Rally Series. The High Desert Trails Rally was held at the Area 51.5 Motorsport Facility in Ridgecrest, California on February 20-21 2009.

The two wheel drive Bilstein/BFGoodrich sponsored 2008 Ford F-150 Rally Racing truck was the first vehicle on the road with a good turn out of all wheel drive cars starting behind. Vehicles started at one minute intervals. From the start to finish the team of Holmes/Gallagher won all eight stages of the event.

The overall victory was won despite having some fuel issues with the truck. On long right hand turns the truck was running out of fuel. During the short time in a service break, the team quickly replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter hoping to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, it did not, and the truck was still running out of fuel. Holmes determined that the fuel pick up hose in the fuel tank came apart, causing the massive 358ci V-8 motor to be starved of fuel. After this realization, they filled the tank to overflow at the next service and were able to finish the event with no more problems.

The team is leading both the California Rally Series and the Southwest Rally Series in the points championships. The next event for the team will be the Southwest Rally Series’ Desert Storm Rally to be held in Quartzite, Arizona on March 21-22, 2009.



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