Harrisville, NY (Sep, 2016) – Alvin Fong and Billy Machin successfully piloted their production-class stock heavy Mitsubishi Evo to 1st overall this past weekend to take their first national rally win. A mere 8 seconds separated first and second place overall over the 12 hotly contested stages.
Black River Stages was competitive from the onset with the top 3 cars of the rally separated from each other by only 7 seconds until mechanical issues sidelined Coffey/Browne on stage 4, and Wages/Montplaisir on stage 5. From there, the battle was between Fong/Machin and Kuklov/Rosato, whom traded stage times and were on average, only 6 seconds apart until the very end of the rally.
At the end of the event, Fong exclaimed:
“This was an excellent event for our team where we showed what we could be done with with a production based car against some very challenging roads in a variety of conditions. Our goal is always to finish every event we compete in; With an AWD field with mostly open class competitors, I had no expectation that we would be on the podium, so finding out we were in contention overall was icing on the cake.”
In fact, the team had discovered transmission problems only a couple weekends before the event and was forced to complete a swap leading up Black River Stages.
Black Box’s crew chief stated: “With the issues found during testing so close to the event, we didn’t have much time to prepare the car and make it rally ready. But as always, the team overcame those challenges, and put us in a good competition position with minimal mechanical issues during the event.”
Black Box rally team would like to thank all the organizers and volunteers for their tremendous effort to ensure the 2016 running of Black River Stages was a success. The rally team’s next event is Empire State Performance Rally taking place Oct 28-30 in Narrowsburgh, NY. ESPR is the final round of the 2016 NASA RallySport National Championship.