Travis Hanson retained the lead of both the Rally America National Championship standings and the Super Production class standings after yet another fine display this time at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.
Setting out with a self-imposed target, the main aim of the crew was to stay on the road, whilst focusing solely on their own performance.
“The goal for this race was to stay focused and clean,” said Travis, adding “we had to be sure we finished well to score overall against the faster open class competitors.”
Terry – Travis’ father – revealed the goal for last weekend was to focus on their own performance, and forget the fact that they were leading the championship, “we really tried to race our own rally this weekend. We couldn't allow the pressure of being the leader effect us”, said Terry.
From the moment the Missouri based rally got underway the Hanson pairing of Travis at the wheel and his father Terry on the notes, set about hitting the target, and that the did.
Another performance worthy of the praise it has been receiving from around the globe was the crew’s reward for the faultless display.
The first day of the event saw the Hanson pairing running second in class behind Ramana Lageman, but the battle both drivers were relishing would end in spectacular fashion on the second day.
Lagemann crashed heavily on day two’s second stage, the crew were unhurt, but the accident caused their retirement from the event.
Travis’ words after the event showed that despite the rivalry amongst the Super Production class runners, that there is also a very strong sense of camaraderie in the class as well.
“It's a shame that Ramana crashed. Competition that close is what makes this class so great. I hope he can make it back for the rest of the season,” he stated.
At the rally end, the Hanson crew claimed the class victory, and another fine result overall, with fourth outright.
So far this season, the Team O'Neil Rally School, OSLV, Olson's Auto Body and Big Boulder Park backed Subaru Impreza STi has provided the sponsors with optimum coverage thanks to two Super Production class victories, as well as an outright victory, and a strong fourth place outright.
The performance on the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood sees Travis remain at the top of the Rally America National Championship standings on 34-points, 3-points ahead of the nearest Manufacturer backed entry.
In the Super Production class his points haul of 44 eclipses the second placed tally of 31, as well as showing a one-hundred percent victory record in class for 2011 to-date.