The final round of the 2011 United States Rally Championships’ Pacific Division is now in the history books. David Sterckx, former Belgium rally champion and co-driver Karen Jankowski took the top honors after an exciting battle.

Will Hudson/Brian Szykowny took early command of the event winning every stage Friday night outright. Even through rain soaked stages Hudson was able to pull out a lead of over 2 minutes. A spectacular near-off on the 21 mile Perkinsview stage 5 Saturday morning would eventually lead to multiple flats and a fall off the leader board. This allowed event sponsor Brian Scott/Steven Taylor to take over the lead but an unexpected co-driver change took them out of contention.

This turn of events allowed Sterckx/Jankowski to continue to push to the win just over a minute and a half ahead of former Prescott resident Mike Whitman with co-driver Piers O’Hanlon. Third overall was the team of Mitchell Williams/Alix Hakala who have all but wrapped up the USRC’s Open AWD championship.

Open 2WD was all the Michel Hoche-Mong/Sameer Parekh show. This duo knows the roads at Prescott very well and were never seriously challenged. Early second place contenders Eddie Fiorelli/Tom Smith had a light roll on Saturday’s Firstville stage. This led to a broken spindle a mile later and a DNF. This opened the door for the steady Chuck Wilson with 2009 USRC Open AWD champion co-driver Mara Estep to take second. A limping Jen Imai/Terry Stonecipher came home third.

Production AWD produced one of the tightest battles of the weekend with second time rallyists Michael Carnes/Reza Yazdani in their Audi edging out Katianna Pihakari/John Dillon for the win. Rookies Leelyn Pritchard/Desirae Huls came home third with many thanks to their supportive family.

Teams now move to the finale’ at the International Rally New York October 22 and 23. Pacific Division teams will be invited with a free entry to the event where the final champions will be crowned.

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