Travis Hanson, co-driven by Terry Hanson, took a deserved place in American motorsport’s history by becoming fhe first driver to win a National Rally America round outright at the wheel of a Super Production class car.
Hanson drove an impressive rally, as consistency and fortune saw him claim victory by over three minutes from Dave Mirra’s factory backed Subaru.
Early pace-setters Antoine L’Estage and David Higgins fell by the way side during the first day, allowing Hanson’s Super Production 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi through into a lead he did not relinquish.
Dave Mirra was joined by a new co-driver for the event, as Marshall Clarke sat alongside for the Sno*Drift event. The pair fell back to fifth after suffering a puncture on the first day, but made up time on Joseph Burke, and eventually passed him to take second late-on.
Burke, who was awarded the “2010 Rally America Rookie of the Year” for his exploits in 2010 made an impressive debut in the Open Class, as he set fast stage times. He enjoyed an intense battle with Mirra on the second day, and eventually fell back to third.
“It’s awesome. I couldn’t believe we did it a Super Production car against the field that we had here” said Hanson, adding that he hopes the result would bring some more sponsors on-board to allow him to continue for the season.