PIAA team members Subaru Rally Team USA and FY Racing descended upon Oregon, April 24th-26th for the third stop of the Rally America Series, the Oregon Trail Rally.
Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins continued his dominance at this event, claiming his seventh consecutive victory, with co-driver Craig Drew on board for the last five. FY Racing made a strong showing of their own, with Adam Yeoman steering their 2007 WRX STI to a second place podium; a much needed result after early season DNF’s.
The Oregon Trail Rally is unique in its diverse road types, ranging from high-speed dusty trails to tight and technical roads. The first three stages at the spectator friendly Portland International Raceway featured dirt, grass, and tarmac, and were the only stages in which the drivers had to battle the night.
“One of the unique things with rally is you have to do it in the daytime and the nighttime,” said Higgins. “To have a partner like we have with PIAA really makes our job much much easier; it’s all about having the absolute best confidence and best visibility.”
Subaru Rally Team USA lights up the track with our WRC spec HID racing lights for their custom pod housings mounted on the hood and bumper of their 2015 WRX STI.
The guys at FY Racing utilize our RF Series LED lights on both Yeoman’s 2007 STI and David Sterckx 2011 STI. Both cars run the 18 inch RF Series light bars mounted on the hood along with WRC spec HID headlights. Sterckx opted for even more light by adding two of our 3 inch RF3 LED cube lights.
“Here at PIR we do some night stages, and PIAA hooks us up with some fantastic lights,” Yeoman said. “It allows us to see the road, all the details, and makes us as fast as we can be at night.”
Fast they were, as the PIAA teams left the night stages with Higgins leading, Sterckx in second, and Yeoman claiming third. Following two more days of ups and downs, including a mid-day motor swap for Subaru Rally Team and engine failure for FY’s Sterckx, Higgins and Yeoman found themselves in familiar territory on the podium. Congrats to both teams!