The 2013 New England Forest Rally got underway with an overcast sky and mist in the air. Damp conditions the past week left roads firm with little or no dust which meant excellent grip and extremely high speeds. After a Parc Expose at the Sunday River Base Lodge, teams headed out to the famous Concord Pond Stage featuring numerous high speed jumps and an abundance of excited fans. The added grip and improvements in their 2013 Subaru WRX STI allowed David Higgins and Craig Drew to shave about 15 seconds of last year's time. SRT USA #75 then returned to Sunday River for a spectator stage & a service break before running the long Icicle Brook North & South stages, a lengthy 16 miles each.
David Higgins and Craig Drew were first on the road and had a perfect run ending Day 1 sixteen seconds behind race leader Ken Block. The event continues Saturday morning at 8:30am with a considerable 80 stage miles to go. David and Craig will waste no time getting down to business in an effort to claim the lead and go for the win. Check back soon to see the final results from Maine!