Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew are in second place after the first four stages of the 2012 Olympus Rally. The event has paused for the day as a result of fire concerns in the area, and will resume at dusk with 26 more miles of racing over five stages.
The first few stages went relatively well for the SRT USA duo in the white #1 Subaru. The seeded draw placed Higgins and Drew fifth on the road, so dust was a significant factor. Despite slowing to a near standstill in some spots of particularly bad visibility, they put in competitive times and finished second or third on each of the first three stages. On Stage 4: Nahwatzel 1, David and Craig suffered a violent puncture eight miles from the end of the twenty mile stage. Shrapnel from the disintegrating wheel and tire caused considerable damage, but that didn't stop the #1 Subaru STI from setting the fourth-fastest time and averaging over 61 MPH on that stage. The damage sustained certainly isn't too much for SRT USA's ace technicians to handle before the race resumes this evening.