Saturday, June 16, 2012

Greenhouse captures 2WD National podium finish at Susquehannock Trail

Weasel RallySport's Chris Greenhouse and co-driver Brian Johnson were back in action again at the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® in Wellsboro, Pa., USA, on June 1-2, 2012. The team notched an impressive third place in the 2WD National class in their very first outing in the new turbocharged Dodge Neon SRT4, and have risen to fourth place in the Rally America National Championship points.

Chris Greenhouse and Brian Johnson delight the crowd at the 2012 STPR.
Photo credit: Nate Michel
Friday's stages, sponsored by Waste Management, Inc., were an excellent start for Greenhouse and the EBC Brakes Dodge Neon SRT4, and the team returned to the first service in third place in 2WD. They made no mistakes and stayed clear of the tire-shredding rocks that plagued other competitors. They even set an astonishing ninth overall fastest time on the third stage, besting a large number of the all-wheel-drive entrants.

On Saturday the team ventured into the forest and ran the narrow, fast, technical stages that STPR® is famous for. Greenhouse and Johnson stayed fast and clean, and the car never suffered so much as a hiccup throughout the day. The day ended with a pair of head-to-head passes of the Dirt Excavating Super Special Stage against Australia's Summit Racing's Nissan Silvia of Ross and Scott Allan.

"We knew that this would not be an easy event since we had to get used to the new car," said Greenhouse after the event. "This event is very fast, narrow and unforgiving, and there are a lot of opportunities for disaster here. We needed to log as many stage miles as possible and gain as much experience as possible. But we stayed clean and didn't put a scratch on the car all weekend, and our reward was a podium finish against some of the best 2WD competition that STPR has had in a long time."

Brian Johnson was quite pleased with the team's performance also. "Had a great time this weekend...All in all, we couldn't be happier!"

The team will travel all the way to Bethel, Maine, USA for the fifth round of the Rally America National Championship series at the New England Forest Rally. This will be yet another new challenge as the Weasel RallySport team has never competed on the fast, rough stages that NEFR is known for.

Greenhouse was confident in the team's ability to place well in Maine.

"We completed our first event on stages that are not exactly ideal stages to 'practice' on, and we came home on the podium," Greenhouse said. "Now its on to New England Forest where we expect to be even faster!"

Chris, Brian and the Weasel RallySport Team would like to thank EBC Brakes, Maddog STS, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Sheep Motorsports, Silco Fire Protection, Modern Performance and for their continued support.