“We’ve been absolutely transparent with Klim, every step of the way we’ve said, ‘Hey, this is what we’re doing, this is what you’ve got to do if you want to beat us,’ and he’s been doing it!”
Unfortunately for Fedoff, that would be the end of his rally and open up a second step on the LN4 podium for the Honda Passport of Chris Sladek and John Sharps, who also finished eighth overall.
Fourth and fifth overall went to first and second in 2WD, with Seamus Burke and Martin Brady maintaining their lead ahead of Michael Hooper and Claudia Barbera.
“We always have a good fight,” Martin Brady said in the stands. “Mike always keeps us honest. We know he’s never far behind us.”
The two teams traded minor issues over the weekend, but after a few close calls, Hooper pulled away and kept the car, managing the gap well for the rest of the day.
Lucy Block with DirtFish’s Michelle Miller in co-driver was able to finish sixth overall in Fiesta Rally3, with Spencer Sherman and Boyd Smith in seventh behind them.
As previously mentioned, Sladek finished eighth, while the father-son duo of Nathan and Elliott Odle finished ninth, finishing outside the Super Rally in the final.
In addition to them, Pat Hrushka, who competed in the Super Rally after the fire on SS2 on Friday, took 10th place.
The victory in the regional rally was won by the fan-favorite Toyota Rav4 AP4, driven by Alejandro Perusino, with Andres Bautista second.
The pair were thought to be still learning the car in just their fourth rally, but they impressed, setting times that would have put them in the top three in the country on some stages had they been entered there.
“This was our first race here at Ojibwe, so we didn’t really know what to expect,” Perusino said.
“The roads were fast, wet, sandy, different to anything we’ve driven before, but the weekend was quite stressful to be honest. We had some problems at the start of the race, limping in the first half of the day and we were just fighting with ourselves, some things with the car, but it was fun today!
“We’re here, we’re done, the car is fine, we’re happy, but it’s definitely been a tough, long, busy weekend.”
Second to Perusina was the BMW M3 of Ryan George, about 15 minutes behind. George was the fastest 2WD car by over five minutes, followed on the podium by Jordan Harberer and Drew Staples.
The end of the Ojibwe Forests Rally means teams have just two more chances to earn national points: the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally is about a month away, and the Lake Superior Performance Rally will close out the season in October.