Subaru Motorsports USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino took their second consecutive rally win at Missouri’s 100 Acre Wood Rally, March 19-20.
Brandon Semenuk eked out a fourth-place finish after battling throughout the event with one of the most elite Open Class fields in recent memory.
100 Acre Wood is known for extremely fast roads, variable conditions and the infamous Cattle Guard jump, as well as an entry list that tops 90 cars.
Pre-event rain soaked the stages, making Day 1 muddy and slick and creating deep water crossings on Day 2 to challenge the high-powered field.
Pastrana won a pair of stages on Friday to sit in a close second place going into the final day.
Semenuk was in the mix on Day 1, turning in competitive times on the same stages where he took his first U.S. win at 2020’s Show-Me Rally.
After rivals Barry McKenna and Ken Block hit issues early on Day 2, Pastrana pounced with an SS9 win that put him in first place.
Semenuk had a cooling issues after a water crossing damaged a radiator fan on Saturday, dropping him back by over a minute into a battle with Block and McKenna.
As the stages grew increasingly rough and rutted on Saturday afternoon, Pastrana focused on clean driving and avoiding damage to bring home the win.
Pastrana and Gelsomino are now two-for-two on event wins in 2021, sitting in first place atop the ARA championship standings.
Brandon Semenuk now sits second in the ARA championship standings after a second-place finish at Sno*Drift and more critical points at 100 Acre Wood.
Subaru Motorsports USA will return at April’s Olympus Rally in Washington state.