Brennan and Crescenti Win Empire State Performance Rally 2016

Brennan and Crescenti Win Empire State Performance Rally 2016

Tusten, New York, U.S.A., October 30, 2016 – Patrick Brennan and Aaron Crescenti (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) were the runaway winners of the 2016 Empire State Performance Rally (ESPR). The Irish/U.S. teams were over a minute ahead of the field at the end of the first day, and three minutes up when competitors arrived at the final checkpoint.

This year’s Empire State Performance Rally served as the run-off event for the 2016 North American Auto Sports Association (NASA Rallysport). Thus the win in the rally also earned Brennan/Crescenti the sanctioning body’s 2016 National Championship in the all-wheel-drive category and Ryan Millen/Christina Fate in the two-wheel-drive category.

Ryan Millen/Christina Fate (Toyota RAV4) placed second overall and first in the two-wheel-drive category, after a trouble-free run. (They were in the same vehicle that they used to win the recent Prescott Forest Rally in Arizona.) The class win earned a Millen/Fate the two-wheel-drive National title.

Brenten Kelly/Niall Burns (Subaru WRX STI) were slowed by fuel pump problems and a flat tire, but pressed on to finish third. Duncan Smith/Katherine Lindroth-Gendron (Subaru WRX STI) placed fourth, coming back from low turbocharger boost and a broken wheel on the first day. The husband/wife team of Christopher and Lori O’Driscoll (Subaru WRX STI) rounded out the top five, finishing despite shock absorber failure.

In the category for two-wheel-drive cars, Millen/Fate were followed home by Robert Dawson/Steve Harrell (Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk. 2) and Eric Potts/Claudia Barbera-Pullen (Subaru BRZ).

The rally course consisted of 230 miles of minor roads in New York State’s Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City. The heart of the competition was 21 special stages (speed tests run against the clock), totaling 103 miles, on twisty dirt and gravel roads on private property belonging to the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation.

After snow during the pre-rally week and bitter cold the night before, Saturday favored the rallyists with partly cloudy skies, sunshine, and mild temperatures (about 60 degrees F or 16 degrees C). 42 cars started this first leg and 29 were qualified as finishers. Sunday dawned cloudy and equally mild, but rain fell on the Catskills during the competitors’ final loop through the course, making previously slippery roads even more slick. 37 cars restarted on Sunday morning (including a few which had been repaired overnight) and 23 finished.

Final Results:

1. Patrick Brennan/Aaron Crescenti (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9), 1:34:28

2. Ryan Millen/Christina Fate (Toyota RAV4), 1:37:40

3. Brenten Kelly/Niall Burns (Subaru WRX STI), 1:38:55

4. Duncan Smith/Katherine Lindroth-Gendron (Subaru WRX STI), 1:40:00

5. Christopher O’Driscoll/Lori O’Driscoll (Subaru WRX STI), 1:40:08

6. Gerard Coffey/Andrew Browne (Subaru Impreza RS), 1:41:40

7. Robert Dawson/Steve Harrell (Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk. 2), 1:43:49

8.Martin Egan/Jarrah Lankas (Subaru Impreza WRX STI); 1:44:06

9. Aidan McCormack/Mark McAllister (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6), 1:44:12

10. Dennis Romero/Sebastian Guerrero (Subaru WRX STI), 1:44:28

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