For Travis Pastrana and Robbie Durant, the Tall Pines Rally in Canada was a practice and tune-up for 2017. It was still a successful weekend as they took second place in their Subaru WRX STI and reached the podium. It was Canadian favorite Antonine L’Estage and Darren Garrod driving another STI that got the overall win.
Pastrana will run a full season in 2017 in the Subaru WRX STI Open Class Rally Car, and this was a good event to get more experience as a team. Tall Pines Rally, in Bancroft, Ontario, was round 6 of 7 in the Canadian Rally Championship Series.
Pastrana catches more air than ground
It’s twisty and fast roads were a good test for Pastrana and Durant as many stages having almost continuous jumps. Pastrana said, “We were in the air more than we were on the ground!” Durant described one of the Hastings stages as “Jump, Jump, Jump, Ice.”
The duo had a successful outing with 5 stage wins. But rally champion and Subaru of Canada driver Antonine L’Estage and Darren Garrod were too fast in their 2016 Subaru WRX STI. Pastrana and Durant blew a tire about 6 miles from the end of an extremely narrow stage section, and had to finish the stage at a reduced pace.
They were still able to finish the rally in second with limited knowledge of the roads and icy conditions at the Ontario event in the SRTUSA #199 Subaru WRX STI. Pastrana and Durant will be focusing next on 2017 and competing in the newly-formed ARA Rally series.
Source: Subaru Motorsorts