We knew this was going to be a tough finish. Going into the last day, finish positions third through sixth were up in the air, spread across only four points. Being so close it would be anybodys guess.
The final ice race was very fun but Paul Eklund was so much faster than everybody that all cars got the 10 point maximum penalty. That was somewhat of a relief for Eric and Steve since they find the ice racing most challenging. With everybody getting a max score it meant that the ice racing would not impact their position. Eric was third fastest on his first run at the ice race and had the 'prettiest' run, doing a perfect controlled slide around the spectator end.
Results were kept secret until the award banquet and the results were announced. Eric and Steve finished 2nd in class I and 6th overall. Their hopes of a final-day victory were dashed. Jim and Dan finished 3rd in class I and 8th overall, quite happy after their trouble with the WRX alternator. Rob and Nick finished third in class III and 9th overall. Rob and Nick relished their three victories in the non-studded tire class at all ice racing venues.
TeamD took second place in the team trophy competition. Subaru Challenge Driving took the trophy home. Third place team was Mitsubishi (car 5, 8, and 13). Contrary to earlier reporting, BMW was not declared as a team, lacking a rookie car.
Here are the full results as presented at the awards banquet:
NOTE: THESE HAVE BEEN SUPERCEDED
1. Car #1 Ahearns, Schneider, Webb (class II) with 47.5 points 2. Car #3 Carlson, Joy, Kraushaar (class II) with 56 points 3. Car #4 Eklund, Rounds, Reid, (class III) 76.2 points 4. Car #10 Wallace, Hightower, Carozza, (class I) 82.3 points 5. Car #2 Kraushaar, Engstrom, Richardson, (class II) 85.7 points 6. Car #7 Horst, Willey (class I) with 87.4 points 7. Car #8 Bornhop, Kott, (class III) 242 points 8. Car #11 Hogan, Comden with (class I) 392.1 points 9. Car #6 Dunn, Marcuse, (class III) 465.5 points 10. Car #9 Wright, Fuhrman, (class II) 724 points 11. Car #16 Brown, Morris, (class I) 751.1 points 12. Car #14 Weaver, Weaver, (class III) 1024.3 points 13. Car #5 Elder, Elder, (class III) 1275 points 14. Car #15 von Richthofen, Touring Class DNF Car #12 Miller, Duchene, Wood (class II) with 1336 points (donated parts to car #3) DNF Car #13 Gilland, Boyd (class II) with 1602 points (engine failure)Posted by erich at February 27, 2004 10:43 AM