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Comrie-Picard and Ford Racing Team O’Neil Fiesta
Win at Rally America 100 Acre Wood

SALEM, Missouri (ACP RACING – 24 February, 2014) – Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard and co-driver Ole Holter took a convincing victory in the two-wheel-drive class at the 100 Acre Wood Rally America Pro Rally this past weekend, finishing with a two-minute margin over their closest rival.

“This is a great result and a vindication of our strategy for this year,” said ACP. “The win is the result of great effort by Team O’Neil Motorsports and Ford Racing, and it gets our Championship campaign off to a great start.”

This was the first time that ACP had driven the M-Sport-developed Ford Fiesta R2 on gravel, and only the second time he had driven it at all. The team finished third on the previous event, the SnoDrift Rally in Michigan last month, after getting stuck in a snowbank while in the lead.

“We had absolutely no issues and just kept clicking off consistent stage times while adjusting to deal with any other rivals who were putting in good times. On the second day, we had to turn up the wick a little and that put us ahead with a margin, and then the other teams just took care of themselves and we ended up with a big margin,” said co-driver Holter.

This is the second consecutive year that ACP has won the two-wheel-drive class at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, and his fifth time on a podium at the event, including a second overall finish in 2009.

The rally, held on the rural roads around Salem, Steelville, and Potosi, Missouri, is known for high speeds and big commitment to fast corners.
“We knew coming here that we were at a technical disadvantage to our main competitors on top speed,” said Tim O’Neil, principal of Team O’Neil Motorsports, “but what we lacked in gearing we made up for in agility and good strategy. It was a textbook win.” The team ran BFGoodrich tires in a specialized size to adapt the car’s gearing for the fast event.

The team is now preparing for the Oregon Trail Rally, near The Dalles, Oregon, on May 2-4. It’s a challenging multi-faceted event with tarmac, twisty, and fast sections in the shadow of Mount Hood.

Scott Denby, Ford Racing Business Manager, said “This first win of the year is a great success for ACP and the team, and we couldn’t be happier with this double success.” The rally was won overall by Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino in an open-class Ford Fiesta.

The Team O’Neil Rally School features Ford Fiestas as training cars and offers a great way for new competitors to learn the craft of rally driving and then compete in fast, reliable cars on North American rally events.

Rally car racing is considered the extreme sport of automobile racing and is often described simply as "real cars, real roads, real fast." This all-season motorsport sees drivers and their co-drivers take modified road cars to the limit as they achieve blistering speeds over courses that cover hundreds of miles of gravel, dirt, or snow-covered roads.

ABOUT THE DRIVER: Andrew Comrie-Picard has won the North American Rally Championship, holds the FWD record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, is an X Games Rally medalist, and has won his class in the Baja1000. When he isn’t racing, Comrie-Picard works in film and television as a writer, host, producer, and precision driver. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

ABOUT TEAM O’NEIL: Team O'Neil Rally School, located in Dalton, New Hampshire, has been teaching rally and safety driving techniques since 1997. On 600 acres in the White Mountains, Team O'Neil is the premier location to learn how to drive on loose surfaces. Five-time North American rally champion Tim O'Neil has hand-built the roads to mimic all the situations he has come across in is decades of rallying, and has trained every winner of the Rally America Rookie-of-the-Year award, including Ken Block.
The ACP Rally program is made possible by: Ford Racing (www.fordracing.com), Team O’Neil Rally School (www.teamoneilmotorsports.com), BFGoodrich (www.bfgoodrichtires.com), Lincoln Welders (www.lincolnelectric.com), Recaro (www.recaro.com), Exedy (www.exedyusa.com), Innovate Motorsports (www.tuneyourengine.com), and Mishimoto (www.mishimoto.com)
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