What a HOOT last weekend (Dec2-4, 2016) was? The first ever RallySprint in New Jersey was held at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, organized by William Petrow of Broken Motorsports, ably sanctioned and supported by NASA Rally Sport.
Now that you have seen the video, first go clean that drool that’s rolling down the side of your mouth. (So much sexiness from the Ford Escort Mk II’s, 240 SX’s, and the usual smattering of rally cars). Then read on......
The event was the brainchild of Billy Petrow who for the last year had been conjuring up this very day. Having been drifting at the track over the last few years, he had this awesome idea of using the gaps in between the motocross course and parts of the asphalt track to create a fast, yet technical 2.1 mile rally stage run in both directions.
Running under the NASA Rally Sport banner, there was a fantastic turnout of rally cars, drift cars, moto bikes, UTV’s and quads all adding up to approximately 25-30 entries.
The morning loop, run counterclockwise and the afternoon loop run clockwise (both run 5 times) with a midday lunch break, gave the competitors plenty of seat time as well as the ability to test, tune and get a good feel of their vehicles for the upcoming 2017 racing season.
Given that there was some wet weather in the lead up to the event, the dirt sections surprisingly held up really well, with a few areas getting muddy and therefore giving the cars some added decorations at the end of the runs.
The media turnout for this event definitely was outstanding. Photogs and Video folks who cover the US Rally scene as well as the drifting scene made their presence felt in their bright orange and yellow vests on top of the motocross hills capturing some awesome footage. (There was a drone too). Or were they all meerkats hmmmm........
As someone who took part in the event in the Broken Motorsports Rental Subaru Impreza RS, I gotta say that I had a blast getting back in the car after a year and half break, and trying to keep it neat and clean was the order of the day for me, but I guess sometimes when you are in a rally car, you just have to get her dirty.
Overall, this event was a blast, and seeing so many different rally-ready vehicles taking part in this rallysprint was just great for the sport and great for New Jersey. With so many different machines there is definitely a future for further rallysprints at E-town, and hopefully authorities in the Garden State can realize and see the economic potential for smaller towns in South and Central Jersey multiply. I mean just think about, if you are a little kid who lives on a vast expanse of land and you can hang out in your backyard with your friends and see quads, rally cars, and bikes flying through jumps or going over a 100 mph on a straight, wouldn’t you spread the word. I know I would. Well, I guess until that happens, check out the pics below and don’t forget to come to the next one and the one after that and the one after that........
Here’s Ryan Symancek of My Life As A Rallyist showing his excitement on co-driving for Alex Jagger.