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2014 SCCA RallyCross National Championships

15 Oct , 2014   David  

2014 marked the return of the RallyCross National Championships to Nebraska. The inaugural National Championships were held in Hastings, NE just a few short years ago. Since then the number of competitors has almost doubled to over 100 and continues to grow every year. The 2014 edition was held at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE on Oct. 4 & 5.

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I’ve been to all but a handful of the National Championships, as a photographer and videographer, but this was my first year competing. In May of 2014, I purchased an e30 1987 BMW 325is from a friend in Kansas City. The car had already had it’s interior stripped and HVAC system removed, it was meant to be a rally car. Over the next year and a half, some repairs were made and a roll bar was added, but the car is mostly stock. With only 2 years experience in RallyCross I fully expected to be near the back of the pack and indeed I was. I finished 14th in Mod Rear, just .197 seconds out of 13th place. My 2nd 14th place finish at a SCCA National Championship event this year, I also took 14th in STU in the SCCA TireRack Solo National Championships.

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In all my years of attending the National Championships, there is always a struggle maintaining course conditions. This year was no different, especially after the abnormal rain that occurred the week of the event. The site received nearly 4 inches of rain and still had standing water as the event got underway. There’s really only so much you can do given those conditions.

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Competition remained fierce, especially in Modified AWD where Dave Carapetyan and Warren Elliot battled it out in their respective EVOs. The finish came down to Texas Dave getting a bit too aggressive and taking out a wall of cones. Remember every run and every mistake counts in RallyCross.

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RallyCross is tough on both the competition and the cars. Some cars made it through unscathed. Others were not so lucky. Engine failure, a fire, and rolls all claimed their casualties.

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RallyCross is still some of the most fun you can have on four wheels on a budget. Where else can you drive offroad, kick up dirt, go slideways and just generally have a blast?

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2014 SCCA RallyCross National Championship Photo Gallery

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