Sno*Drift Rally: 2WD Crews to Watch
More than 30 crews have signed up to compete at Sno*Drift this weekend, including a majority of last year’s top 10 finishers and stage winners. While new regulations have split National and Regional competition, prohibiting drivers from entering both classifications, the field has actually gotten stronger overall thanks to an increase from last year’s entry list.
Yesterday, we profiled half a dozen of the top competitors in the 4WD classes. Today, we switch it up and look at four of the 2WD entries that stand a good chance of coming home with some hardware on Saturday:
VanDamme’s exploits with the troublesome Tower City Race Team Rabbit have been the stuff of legend over the past few years, as he’s constantly pressed on and rebuilt through mechanical issues. Not here, though, where he enters Sno*Drift as the top defending 2WD racer (seventh overall last year).
Erickson-Chang was last year’s top B-spec performer at Sno*Drift, making her third in the overall 2WD standings, and even cracked the overall top 10 last year. Those results make her one of the biggest favorites for the overall 2WD win among National competitors at this year’s event.
Instead of running the Fit for the HPD/Maxxis Rally Team, as he did in last year’s Sno*Drift, Robinson returns to the driver’s seat in one of the team’s CR-Zs in 2019. The CR-Z didn’t compete in this event last year, but the Honda team typically runs near the top of the 2WD standings.
Driving a second Volkswagen for Tower City Race Team, Niemi immediately found success in his first rally with an overall podium at Nemadji Winter Trail Rally. The experienced short course off-road racer joins teammate Adam VanDamme on an eight-car Regional entry in the Limited 2WD class.