Modified All Wheel Drive
Modified All Wheel Drive repeated its annual exhibition
of horsepower, tight finishes, and frequent cone upsets.
Max Lawson turned in a redemptive drive for a 2017
championship bid that eroded in muddy conditions, advancing
from third to first on Saturday afternoon and never looking
back. Despite a cone on his final run, Lawson’s 2006 Evo
remained beyond the reach of a resurgent Orion Fairman,
whose Sunday times outmatched the field. Fairman made deft
use of the 2005 Subaru STI that also took second last year
in the hands of Lothrop Withington IV, who sold it in favor of
a 2010 Evo X with a semi-automatic gearbox. Though cone
penalties held Withington to third place this year by just a
tenth of a second, his slate of fast raw times foreshadowed
the RallyCross potency of the relatively unproven Evo X.
Warren Elliott drove his 2006 Evo to fourth place,
adding another trophy to his expansive collection. Just
two tenths behind, Nationals first-timer Jess Moeding
earned the fifth and final trophy with a cumulative time
that would have made him runner up, minus cones.
Likewise, Eric Less had the right pace for second place,
but had to settle for sixth due to cone trouble.
And, with much to debate about the fastest cars
and drivers, Modified All looks forward to bench
racing gold ahead of its 2019 rematch.
Constructors Two Wheel Drive
The Constructors category, made up of Constructors Two and
Constructors Four Wheel Drive, is the latest to join the RallyCross
fray – and with nearly unlimited potential, it’s also one of the most
exciting. “With growth of the RallyCross program, there was a group
of competitors who wanted to be able to use their skills to build
a RallyCross-specific vehicle, which is why these two new classes
were created,” RallyCross Board chairman Steve Hyatt explained
in early 2018 when the Constructors category was unveiled.
As is implied by the name, the Constructors rules allow significant
freedom in design. To quote the RallyCross rules: “The Constructors
Category is intended for four-wheeled vehicles altered in excess of the
Modified Category allowances, such as dune buggies, sand rails, tube
frame/chassis vehicles, kit cars, and similar types of custom-built vehicles.”
But being in its infancy, it was no surprise when only two drivers,
sharing one car, showed up at the 2018 RallyCross National
Championship. Driving a modified 1991 Nissan Sentra, Leon Drake
and Jim Perrin took turns battling for the lead. The outcome of that
battle could be foretold early, however, as it only took Drake two runs
to amass a four-second lead. While both scored DNFs on their third
runs, the weekend got worse and worse for Perrin as he carried a total
of five cones by the end of competition; compared to Drake’s all-clean
(and fast) runs, Perrin never stood a chance. The result was Drake as
the class winner and the category’s first RallyCross National Champion
by a mile, the 20.332sec margin of victory the largest of the event.