Subaru Driver David Higgins Breaks Course Record Again at Legendary Mt.
CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 30, 2014
CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Subaru Rally Team USA driver
David Higgins is "King of the Hill" at the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington
Hillclimb, breaking his own course record set in 2011 by over two seconds. At
the wheel of a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2014 Subaru WRX STI, Higgins set a
blistering new record time of 6 minutes and 9.09 seconds on New Hampshire's
sinuous 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road. Higgins' teammate Travis Pastrana,
with co-driver Chrissie Beavis, made it a Subaru one-two by finishing a close
2^nd Overall just three seconds behind Higgins' new record.
Higgins and Drew claimed a new Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb record and
their fourth win of this season in the Rally America Championship.
Higgins and Pastrana also finished one-two in the Rally America Championship
portion of the event, which scored drivers based on their cumulative time
across the four half-course practice runs and two full course runs. The
victory, Higgins' fourth this season, extends his lead in the 2014 Rally
America Championship where he is aiming for hisfourth consecutive Driver's
"It was a great event and we put in a big effort for those few seconds,"
explained Higgins. "There is so much history here and it's great to be a part
of it again for Subaru. This was a big challenge this weekend as we had
Pastrana and our old record staring us down. But Craig (Drew) was perfect on
the notes and Subaru gave me a car that was perfect."
Higgins teammate Travis Pastrana, driving an identically prepared Subaru, was
able to bounce back from several setbacks at the event. On his second
top-half run he clipped a rock on an inside corner puncturing his tire and
subsequently losing time to Higgins. Then on Sunday his first full-course run
was slowed by a loss of boost pressure which was subsequently fixed by his
team mechanics ahead of his second full course run. Pastrana's final run up
the mountain was trouble free but was just seconds off of Higgins record pace,
eventually finishing with a time of 6 minutes and 12.29 seconds.
"We knew it was going to be tough to catch David here," said Travis Pastrana
at the podium celebration. "It's great for the team to go one-two and lower
the record again. It was a close fight on that final run and our Subaru was
just a blast to drive here."
Prior to the event Higgins felt his chances at a new record were out of reach
due to the more restrictive rules of the Rally America Open Class compared to
that of the Hillclimb's own Open class, in which he entered and broke the
record in 2011. The more restrictive rules meant that the 2014 Subaru WRX STI
Higgins drove this year was equipped with almost 100 less horsepower while
being 500lbs heavier than his 2011 record-breaking car. However, 160 of those
pounds come via his co-driver Craig Drew sitting beside him this year. Higgins
ran without a co-driver in 2011 and needed to drive the road from memory at
the time. The addition of a co-driver in 2014 enabled Higgins to go flat-out
"After our splits on the lower half practice runs were a bit slower than the
record pace I was definitely thinking the record was out of reach," explained
Higgins. "We had more weight and less power this time but our Subaru really
excelled on the top-half of the course which has the dirt section and some
very technical parts. Our speed there is what helped us surpass the record."
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Higgins and Drew attack the gravel section 2014 Subaru Mt Washington
Hillclimb. They would go on to win the event with a new hillclimb record.
Travis Pastrana claimed second for Subaru Rally Team USA at the 2014 Mt.
Washington Hillclimb; just three seconds behind teammate David Higgins.
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