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Rally Season ends for Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Driver Andrew Comrie Picard

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Rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and the NOS Energy Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX ended the 2008 season with a crash at the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Northern Michigan.

Rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard will sign autographs at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada at the K&N booth
Rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard will sign autographs at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada at the K&N booth
Comrie-Picard and his co-driver Marc Goldfarb were just four points away from second place in the Rally American Championship Series until a spark plug failed and left them without power in their Mitsubishi. The team refused to give up and pushed hard to replace lost time. With half the horsepower of their Open Class rivals, they were in line for a top 10 finish and hoped to edge into the top five in the two day event.
NOS Energy Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX with K&N products at Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan
NOS Energy Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX with K&N products at Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan

Andrew Comrie-Picard ended the Rally America championship series in 4th place overall
Andrew Comrie-Picard ended the Rally America championship series in 4th place overall

“It was just a freak thing,” said Comrie-Picard. “The plug failed and the engine dropped a cylinder. It was just not our race and there was nothing else we could have done.” The Rally at Lake Superior is usually challenging with high attrition rates. The weather is also unpredictable and the course is known as one of the toughest on the continent.

Comrie-Picard and Goldfarb found themselves going too wide as a corner tightened and they tried to get the car out of danger. The Mitsubishi Evolution IX rolled over and put an early end to the team’s race. “It was a slow rollover, and we’re fine,” said Comrie-Picard. “The car does not look pretty but the damage is cosmetic. We will be back in action at the start of 2009.”

The championship title went to a factory-backed Subaru Rally team as Comrie-Picard ended the season in fourth-place overall. “Our season started very well, but we’ve battled bad luck lately,” said Comrie-Picard. “We were leading the points race by mid-season but with the luck we’ve had we just couldn’t hold on. Still a top five finish in a very competitive season is something to be proud of. We couldn’t have achieved our results this season without the support of K&N. K&N filters have been our choice for a decade. We race in a high-dust, high-speed environment and K&N keeps contaminants out of our engine.”

Team ACP Rally dropped out of the championship lead because they missed back-to-back U.S. events following their end-over-end flip at the X Games. Comrie-Picard has had a busy 2008 season with events on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. The team is expected to return to competition at the Canadian season ender in the middle of November.

Comrie-Picard will also attend the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. He will sign autographs at the K&N booth (number 22943) in the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday November 4th from 1 to 2 pm

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