2017 DirtFish RallyCross National Championship Review by our very own Michelle MillerUncategorized | October 25, 2017
Michelle Miller, our very own DirtFish Motorsports Team Manager, Instructor and co-driver, attended the 2017 DirtFish Rallycross National Championship on behalf of DirtFish to represent our partnership with the SCCA. Michelle even competed in a 2014 Mazda 2! Read the article below that she wrote of the weekend:
Rallycross cars descended into Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas on a blustery Friday morning. The team’s unloaded and familiar faces reconnected. This was the 11th SCCA Rally Cross Nationals, sponsored by DirtFish. Registration and tech inspection went fairly easily and new competitors were quickly welcomed into the fold by seasoned veterans. Cars came in all sorts of modification levels from bone stock on snow tires to fully stripped out machines with multiple tire options for changing conditions! SCCA officials and volunteers were busy putting the final touches on the courses and the site.
As evening approached, all cars proceeded to their class inspection where competitors could check out their rival’s vehicles to ensure legality, although it was mostly just a getting to know each other during the event. After inspection, the SCCA hosted a competitor dinner and a town hall where members could bring up suggestions for improvement and questions to the SCCA and the rally cross board; a great opportunity to have their voices heard and a real sense of community!
The action really started on Saturday morning as cars proceeded to race. The courses were set up in a recently mowed hay field, which quickly turned into a grass/hard packed mud course. With afternoon thunderstorms looming, we did end up with a delay due to safety for the course workers with lightning overhead. Storms in Kansas are sure something to behold…
Sunday approached and the rain definitely had an impact, as the hard packed dirt from Saturday had turned into a soupy, muddy mess. Those with tire options put their mud tires on and were able to find some grip and some pretty fast times. Those without did their best slipping and sliding and grinning from ear to ear. As the sun shone overhead and the safety team made course changes, competitors found better grip every run and huge improvements in time. At the end of the day, nine new national champions were crowned and one lucky competitor, Eric Less, won a Three Day Program at DirtFish! Check him out below driving the blue Subaru.
DirtFish is proud to be a partner with the SCCA Rallycross; we enjoy supporting this easy to enter series and helping drivers to develop extreme car control regardless of their racing discipline.
Photo credit: Rupert Berrington Action Photography