Bacon also lands one of 12 spots for ESPN’s X Games 16 in Rally Car Racing at Los Angeles

NASHUA, NH: With west coast dust and dirt still in the tires of his rally car and a few bent and damaged body panels to replace, Bill Bacon, a full-time Firefighter from Chelmsford, MA, and his family went to work on their rally car – a brightly painted Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, safe and sound in their home garage located in Chelmsford, MA.

They had mere thirteen days to completely rebuild their rally car from top to bottom and front to back before they loaded their truck and trailer and headed south for the 6-hour drive to the village of Wellsboro, PA where they would compete in the legendary 2-day Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally – Round #5 of the Rally America National Rally Championship which took place June 3-5, 2010.

Although their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX faired extremely well following the two recent events they competed in at Portland, Oregon and Ocean Shores, Washington, lots of work still needed to be done in order for the family-run Bacon Motorsports Rally Team to fully prepare their rally car for the brutal pounding that was expected to take place at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Pennsylvania.

With their Mitsubishi rally car fully prepared and the team ready to go, Bill and his co-driver (also known as a navigator), Peter Watt from Ontario, Canada, successfully completed their reconnaissance (recce) run of the entire 100+ mile rally course on Thursday leading up to the Friday / Saturday event. That evening, during the seeded draw that determines the start order for the top five rally teams, Bill and Peter ended up being selected as the first car on the road, a new opportunity for both of them during a Rally America National Championship event!

The next two days and 100+ miles of hard-fought competition would prove to be adventurous for the Bacon Motorsports Team as they encountered numerous on-course challenges – everything from bent suspension components to broken brake lines. In the end however, the team of Bacon & Watt finished second overall out of 34 rally teams behind the current Rally America National Rally Championship overall points leaders, Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard of Quebec, Canada.

With their second place finish at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally etched in the record books, Bill Bacon and the Bacon Motorsports Rally Team also solidified second place overall in the Rally America National Championship with just one event remaining, the New England Forest Rally which is scheduled for July 15-17, 2010 at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine.

In addition, their second place overall result in Pennsylvania also secured Bill one of twelve very hard-to-get slots in ESPN’s Rally Car Racing competition that’s part of the much sought-after Summer X Games 16 which takes place at the world famous LA Coliseum in Los Angeles, California July 29-August 1, 2010.

The Bacon Motorsports Rally Team would like to thank Hawk Performance Brakes, Kaps Transmissions, D-Force Wheels and Veloz Media for their products and service support.

Photos by Mat Janiak |



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