The third Idaho Rally finished this years rally with 38 car entries and 4 motorcycle entries. The community embraced the Rally with open arms. Mountain Home Mayor Tom Rist was on hand to wave the cars off. The Idaho Rally competed Friday the 11th through Saturday evening the 12th on a number of local dirt roads.589196446_dsc_0279

United States Performance Stage Rally has shown one of its best faces last week. The third annual Idaho Rally and Round 3 of the United States Rally Championship took place in Idaho’s famous Banana belt. After two days of hard fought competition Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner placed first. The team managed to stay ahead of Keith Jackson/Marra Estep and Paul Eklund/Jeff Price and made history to win a National Event in a two wheel drive car. A total of 38 Car competitors started the field on Friday morning. Maximum driving skills where necessary as stage 1 was 17 miles long and one of the most technical in North America. Before the end of the Day 1 ten cars had to withdraw for either mechanical problems or had crashed. Day 2 with remaining forty miles of this 110 mile long event promised to be highly interesting. The roads character changed from slow and technical to fast and tricky. The rally organizers had also built a jump into the road which turned out to be a great spectacle for the spectators. Barrett Dash claimed the “Longest Jump”

but had to give up “Most Spectacular Jump” to Bill Holmes who nailed it at over 100mph just to end up skidding down the road on his nose.

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The Bikes Competition was won by Roger Neth who set fastest time on all but the last stage of Day 1. Roger charged hard all weekend and gets bragging rights to win Idaho’s first Rally Bike Event.

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The Organizers are very happy and consider the Rally great success. The four participating Championships United States Rally Championship – California Rally Series – Max Attack and Pacific North West Rally Championship made for a great team variety.

We would like to thank Larry Miller Subaru, JB Hospitality, Eibach Springs, RB Components and Stand21 for their sponsorship and all others involved.
See you next year.

IR Team

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