Travis Pastrana won his second event of the 2010 Rally America National Championship Series over the weekend, claiming victory on the tricky gravel roads of the Olympus Rally held on Washington State’s picturesque peninsula.
The unpredictable Washington coastal weather lived up to expectations and gave Olympus Rally competitors plenty of challenges to overcome. Strong winds and rain squalls made the gravel roads slippery, but sunny skies rewarded teams on the second day of competition for a beautiful coastal victory celebration in South Bend.
Pastrana started strong from the very first stage of the event and maintained his lead over Rally America points leader Antoine L’Estage. By the end of the weekend Pastrana had won 8 out of the 13 stages and built a 1:42.8 minute cushion over L’Estage.
“This rally was hard from the start,” Pastrana said. “It was definitely the most intense field that we’ve had; unfortunately a lot of guys went out on the first day. It was a really technical course, more so than we expected!”
Pastrana’s win at Olympus moves him from a third-place tie into second place overall for the series.
The Rally America National Championship resumes with the Oregon Trail Rally in Hood River, Oregon, on May 14-16.