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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

HPD B-Spec Rally Fit Conquers 100 Acre Wood

Salem, MO. (Feb 21-22, 2014) – HPD and THR head to 2014 100 Acre Wood Rally with B-SPEC Honda Fit

THR partnered with HPD to showcase the B-Spec Fit developed specifically for Rally competition at the second round of the Rally-America National Championship. 

“We had a fantastic 2013 season, where we were able to finish first in the B-Spec National Championship, and fourth in the 2WD overall National Championship.  Based on that success, we wanted to come back and build on that success by refining the B-Spec package for the Honda Fit," stated James Robinson, Honda Engineer and driver for THR.  “Looking forward to 2014, we hope to have more competition and excitement in the class, thanks to the continued involvement of Ford Racing and Toyota.” 

The B-Spec Rally Fit started the 2014 season with a win in the B-Spec Championship at the Sno*Drift rally.  “We were excited to get the season started with a win, and also to make it through the challenging snow and ice event without any issues,” Robinson said prior to traveling to the 100 Acre Wood Rally.  Based on the experiences from 2013, the team was hopeful to repeat its success in the fast gravel event held in Missouri. 

HPD and THR started the second round of the 2014 Rally-America championship series with a lot of excitement. Starting out on the mostly dry and fast roads, the Fit was able to build up a five-minute lead over the other B-Spec Toyota Yaris. 

“The road conditions are fantastic, and we’re really having a great time out there,” Robinson said following the eighth stage. “We’ll try and push the pace a bit to try and keep up with the faster 2WD cars.” 

Moving into the second day of competition, which included nine new stages, the B-Spec Fit continued to grow its lead over the Toyota Yaris. By afternoon, conditions had warmed enough for the team to gain some additional time.  “The afternoon stages really felt good for us, and we are able to push the pace of the Fit to its limit,” said James.

Finally, the B-Spec Honda Fit was able to hold off the Yaris and claim victory in the second round of the 2014 B-Spec National Championship. The Fit finished fifth-fastest overall in 2WD, and averaged 20.2 MPG over the course of the entire event.

“We were happy to finish with nearly a 20-minute lead over our competition and have no real issues throughout the event. The Fit was fantastic all weekend,” Robinson said afterward. “We’re excited to have to good finishes so far, and hope to carry that momentum into the third round of the Rally-America National Championship!”

 Look for the Honda Fit at the next round in Orgeon!

About 100 Acre Wood Rally:

The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood is the second race of the Rally America National Championship and is known as one of the most scenic. Named after the storybook home of Winnie the Pooh, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood is a picturesque race with enough twists and turns to test every driver’s ability. Set in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, this race is always a favorite due to its pristine surroundings and fast, tight roads. Although you won’t see Winnie the Pooh or any of his friends, you will see some of the best rally driving on some of the best rally roads in North America.

About Rally America:
Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the Rally America National Championship which consists of at least seven national-level events located at a variety of venues across the country, from Portland, Oregon to Newry, Maine. Top competitors in the Rally America National Championship reach speeds of well over 100 miles per hour, driving highly modified street cars such as Mitsubishi Evolutions, Subaru WRX STIs, Ford Fiestas and Scion XDs on natural-terrain courses consisting of gravel, dirt, ice or snow. For more information regarding Rally America’s National Championship or the sport of performance rally, visit www.rally-america.com

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