U.S. Rallycross Completes First Event At New Jersey Motorsports Park
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| • Field of 4WD and 2WD battled it out on a customized Lightning track.|
Rally America's first of four rounds of the 2012 U.S. Rallycross Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park returned this past Saturday, May 19, 2012 after a brief hiatus with intense competition on the .6 mile rallycross course that consisted of 30% dirt and 70% tarmac surface. After a day full of practice and qualifying heats, it was the former Belgian National Rally Champion and 2012 Oregon Trail Rally Super Production Class winner David Sterckx from Santa Ana, California who won the 4WD Class in his 2003 Mitsubishi EVO after his rival, Sebastian Kokoszka, from wake Forest, North Carolina broke a rear strut in Heat two. Eric Vlasic from Paris, Ontario, a lead motorcycle technician working with Honda of Canada, piloted his supercharged 2008 Honda Civic to 2WD Super Class victory over local New Jersey Motorsports Park track driver and fan-favorite, Kyle Gagliardi from Millville, New Jersey driving a 2002 Ford Mustang V8. Third place honors in the 2WD Super Class went to Rafal Listopad, from nearby Lodi, New Jersey, driving a 2005 Dodge Neon SRT4. Vlasic worked hard to earn his 2WD Super Class win after surviving a heated battle with former X Games 17 athlete and 2009 Rally America 2WD National Champion Dillon Van Way from Carencro, Louisiana driving his turbocharged 2012 Ford Fiesta. Van Way and Vlasic tangled as the two entered a dirt section in Heat number one causing damage to Van Way's radiator which he needed to replace before returning to competition. Van Way's crew managed to complete the repair in time for him to enter Heat number two, but he was unable to keep the car going to challenge Vlasic in the Main event. Josh Wimpey, from Steeles Tavern, Virginia continued his winning ways in the U.S. Rallycross Series competition by fending off a slew of talented drivers in the 2WD Limited Class to take the class victory by nearly seven seconds. Collin Wooding from Southampton, New Jersey, took second place honors driving his 1996 BMW 318i while former NFL player turned racecar driver, Rich Bodmer from Westfield, New Jersey brought his Racing 2 Remember 2004 Dodge Neon home in third place in the 2WD Limited Class. The U.S. Rallycross Series will return to New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey for the second of four U.S. Rallycross Series events on Saturday, July 21, 2012. For more information regarding how to get involved as a competitor or where to purchase spectator tickets for this exciting event, please be sure to visit www.rally-america.com for all the details. About Rally America: Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the U.S. Rallycross Series, the most accessible European style rallycross series in the United States. In 2012, Rally America will be conducting four U.S. Rallycross Series events at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Rally America has a rich history of introducing European-style rallycross at New Jersey Motorsports Park and at ESPN X Games SuperRally in 2010. More information about the Rally America National Championship and the U.S. Rallycross Series and can be found at http://www.rally-america.com. Rally America also sanctions performance rally in the six round Rally America National Championship.