Rally America Team Moves up to 2nd Place in Points Chase in Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

The Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally took place in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania and driver Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard faced a series of big challenges on the rugged course.

NOS Energy Mitsubishi and Team ACP move up to second place overall in the Rally America Points Series, photo by Pete Kuncis
NOS Energy Mitsubishi and Team ACP move up to second place overall in the Rally America Points Series, photo by Pete Kuncis
“It was a tough weekend for us,” said Comrie-Picard. “But every point counts in this Rally Championship Series and we’re in it for the season.”

Team ACP at the 2008 X Games
Team ACP at the 2008 X Games
ACP and co-driver Marshall Clarke fought back from 31st place after a rollover crash to finish the Rally Race in 13th place. The result also gave them the handful of points they needed to climb up one spot to 2nd place overall in the tight championship series.

“Marshall and I were actually able to roll the car back onto its wheels and keep going,” said Comrie-Picard. “It was a soft rollover and with a new windshield, the car came back to 100 percent. But, we lost a lot of time.”

The Susquehannock Trail event is known as one of the toughest on the Rally America calendar and the team was not alone with its problems. Factory-backed Travis Pastrana lost a minute on the first day to a suspension failure and Polish racer Andi Mancin battled brake issues. The Swedish World Rally Team of Patrik Sandell and Emil Axelsson were out with a blown engine the first day.

The Rally America national championship includes nine events in a cross-continent season that extends from January to late October. The Canadian Rally Championship has six events from coast to coast. Team ACP Rally will contest a busy season with Rally events on both sides of the Canada and United States borders.

Team ACP Rally uses K&N products, such as K&N Filters. “I’ve used K&N since I began Rally racing more than a decade ago,” said Comrie-Picard. “We do the most extreme things we can do in a car and K&N is the perfect formula for our turbo charged motors. There is no compromise with K&N which protects our engines from road debris.”

The next United States event for the team will be the X Games in Los Angeles, California. ACP’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX rally car made headlines at the 2008 X-Games after flipping end over end in a spectacular crash. Neither Comrie-Picard nor his co-driver Jen Horsey was hurt.

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