Monday, January 31, 2011
SNO*DRIFT 2011 - SURREAL SUCCESS for T. HANSON Motorsports
Driver Travis Hanson, of T. HANSON Motorsports proved that his superior vehicle control, solid confidence, humble attitude and level head allow him to excel minutes past his competition. This weekends race set the world on fire while Travis Hanson had the competition chasing a snowy blur white-out from his fast fluid flat-out driving style. Sno*Drift is one of the best races in the series because of its unpredictable surfaces amongst the trees and frozen roads in Atlanta and Lewiston Michigan last Friday and Saturday, January 28-29th.
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"Travis and Terry Hanson win the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan, the opening round of the 2011 Rally America Championship. The Hansons piloted their 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi to victory with a huge lead of 3 minutes and 53.1 seconds over Subaru factory driver Dave Mirra, who took 2nd overall in a 2011 Impreza WRX STi with a total time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 13.6 seconds. Rounding out the overall podium was Joseph Burke, who finished only 5.2 seconds behind Mirra in a 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9.
A triumphant Hanson made U.S. rallying history today by being the first-ever Super Production class driver to win a National Rally America event outright! Even more significant, Hanson was able to accomplish this feat as a privateer with limited support.
Hanson was able to gain an advantage on the first day of the rally when front-runners Antoine L’Estage and David Higgins both retired, leaving him with an overnight lead of four minutes. Hanson drove a flawless rally and maintained a pace that kept him head and shoulders above the rest of field for the remainder of the event....."
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Hanson Leads Sno*Drift After Dramatic Day One
Friday, January 28, 2011
Travis and Terry Hanson lead the 2011 Sno*Drift Rally with a powerful four minute advantage going into the overnight halt. Hanson drove his Super Production class 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi flawlessly on the opening day of the rally, capitalizing on the early retirements of leading drivers Antoine L’Estage and David Higgins.
Hanson is trailed by Rally America’s 2010 Rookie of the Year, Joseph Burke, who holds second overall in an Open class Mitsubishi with 9.1 seconds over Ark Gruszka, also in a Mitsubishi. Hanson leads the Super Production field by five minutes over SP drivers Roman Pakos and Jimmy Keeney, who are only seven seconds apart.
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"Travis Hanson Wins Sno*Drift, Makes History - Saturday, January 29, 2011
Travis and Terry Hanson have won the 2011 Sno*Drift Rally, opening round of the Rally America Championship. The Hansons piloted their 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi to victory with a huge lead of 3 minutes and 53.1 seconds over Dave Mirra, who took 2nd overall in a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi with a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 13.6 seconds. A triumphant Hanson made U.S. rallying history today by being the first-ever Super Production class driver to win a National Rally America event outright!..."
"Provisional Class Winners - Saturday, January 29, 2011
Overall: 1. Hanson/Hanson, 2. Mirra/Clarke, 3. Burke/Kihurani
Open Class: 1. Mirra/Clarke 2. Burke/Kihurani, 3. Moyle/Barton
Super Production: 1. Hanson/Hanson "
"Super Production Storms the Leaderboard - Saturday, January 29, 2011
The dramatic Day One shakeup at the 2011 Sno*Drift Rally has resulted in an unusual leaderboard with a Super Production driver leading the rally by a significant margin and a total of three SP crews out of eight in the Top 5 before the final two stages of the rally. Travis Hanson will win the rally overall barring any major mistakes...."
"Mirra and Burke Quickest on Super Special - Saturday, January 29, 2011
Subaru Rally Team USA’s Dave Mirra and Marshall Clarke were the fastest on the Super Special in Lewiston, setting the best time of 1 minute and 46.8 seconds during thier run of the first pass (SS12). Joseph Burke and Alex Kihurani went on to win the second pass (SS13), posting a time 1 minute and 50.3 seconds. Burke stays in second position overall, with Mirra 49.4 seconds behind. Travis and Terry Hanson still maintain a comfortable lead, coasting 4 minutes and 35.5 seconds ahead of Burke."
"Hanson Holds Strong; Mirra Chases Burke - Saturday, January 29, 2011
Travis Hanson continues to lead after the first Leg of Day Two’s stages with 4 minutes and 36.4 seconds over Joseph Burke. The Subaru driver has maintained his pace, setting the fastest times on SS8 and SS10....."
"Start Order for Day Two - Saturday, January 29, 2011
Overnight leader Travis Hanson is first on the road, cutting into fresh snow on SS8. Today, crews will run 70.21 competitive miles over eleven stages before finishing in Hillman, MI at 7:31pm ET. Following Hanson will be Dave Mirra, Joseph Burke, Ark Gruszka, Lauchlin O’Sullivan, Roman Pakos, Jimmy Keeney, Henry Krolikowski, Chris Duplessis, and Erik Zenz...."
"Hanson Leaps Ahead After SS7 - Friday, January 28, 2011
Travis Hanson leads Sno*Drift overnight with a four-minute cushion over drivers Joseph Burke and Ark Gruszka. Remarkably, the Super Production class Subaru driver’s pace puts him ahead of eight Open class cars and gives him five minutes over the next fastest SP crew. Hanson has had a smooth, issue-free Day One as fellow competitors dealt with drama and progressively worsening conditions as the temperatures dropped and roads froze over...."
"David Higgins Blows Engine on Stage 6 - Friday, January 28, 2011
SRT USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew are out of the rally after blowing their motor three quarters into SS6, the ‘Greasy Fishlab’ night stage. Higgins had established an overall lead of over two minutes after Antoine L’Estage crashed out of the event on Stage 4. This DNF marks a disappointing end to Higgins’ rally on his return to American competition and Drew’s U.S. debut. Provisionally, the Super Production crew of Travis and Terry Hanson inherit the overall lead with one stage left before the overnight halt. Higgins’ teammate Dav Mirra moves into second place from third...."
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