Subaru’s David Higgins Dominates 2018 Ojibwe Forests Rally
This time the victory came at the 2018 Ojibwe Forests Rally, marking the duo’s third consecutive victory and fourth total victory of the 2018 American Rally Association season.
Higgins’ biggest competition is Travis Pastrana in the other Subaru car, but Pastrana made a mistake in the opening stage and had to miss the first day of action, putting him out of contention for the win despite being fastest all throughout the second day.
The Ojibwe stages are certainly not easy to navigate. The roads are narrow and dusty, providing the drivers little room for error as they fly through the forests and lakes of northern Minnesota. Last year it was Pastrana who had come out on top, and because the Ojibwe rally was placed at the end of the season, it had been a title-decider.
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This time there are still two more events remaining in the championship, so Higgins will be keen on keeping his lead. In rally, however, that’s much easier said than done. Driving so as to avoid big shunts will get you to the finish, but it won’t get you points. It’s a constant balancing game to find the limit and stay there without tipping over.
Having a car that lets you do it confidently, like the Subaru WRX STI, can go a long way. “It’s always more fun when you can drive maximum attack, but when you have a good lead it’s really important to manage that all day,” said Higgins during podium celebrations.
“The car has been perfect all rally, so a big thanks to the team for that again. I’m happy to get the win and the points and we’re looking forward to the next event in Idaho.”
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