Justin Pritchard and Ryan Scott scored big in only their second event as a rally team, winning the Lou Fusz Honey Jar Challenge at the 2012 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. Pritchard returned to stage rally in a non-turbo, Open Light Subaru Impreza at Sno*Drift Rally in January after a five-year hiatus, and with only the icy stages in Michigan to adjust to a new car and a new co-driver the outcome on the fast gravel roads in Missouri was uncertain. Fortunately it proved to be a winning combination.

Scott has co-driven for a hand-full of drivers in events all across North America, including Canada and Mexico, but had never competed at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. “The stages are incredibly fast with some loose corners and when traveling at such high speeds there is little time to pause between calls and absolutely no room for error,” said Scott.

Pritchard and Scott finished the Friday regional event 1st in class and 2nd overall, despite losing a minute on Stage 6 due to a lack of visibility after catching a competitor with a flat tire. “We could get close enough to occasionally see their taillights, but the dust was so thick we couldn’t get any closer,” Pritchard explained.

On Saturday, Pritchard and Scott not only won their class, but also won the regional event, beating Open Class cars with twice their horsepower and seizing the Lou Fusz Honey Jar Challenge award, which is presented to the top placing all-wheel-drive team over both regional rallies.

“It was unexpected to win the Honey Jar Challenge and get the overall win on Saturday in a non-turbo car; the roads at 100 Acre are fast and cater to high-horsepower cars,” said Pritchard. “It is great to return to both this sport and the 100 Acre event, and I would like to thank the generous rally sponsors and supporters like Lou Fusz dealerships.”

Thanks to their regional win on Saturday, Scott also collected $100 from Monster World Rally Team co-driver Alex Gelsomino. “It was very admirable of Alex to personally fund a prize for the top co-driver in each of the 100 Acre regionals. It just goes to show what a class act he and Ken are,” said Scott.

The next event on the schedule for Pritchard and Scott is STPR on June 1st and 2nd in Wellsboro, PA.

 

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