PORTLAND, OR (MAY 17, 2011) Subaru USA driver David Higgins won round 4 of the Oregon Trail Rally this weekend holding a gap of nearly three and a half minutes ahead of his closest rival, Antoine L’Estage. Both drivers were fueled with VP’s proven RallyPlus blend.

Higgins’ triumph in Oregon marks his second win in a row for the Rally America Championship. This sudden boost in points has placed the driver in the lead for overall standings with just two events in the pipeline.

This year’s Oregon Trail Rally offered a set of stages with mixed surfaces starting at the Portland International Raceway and migrating to the scenic farmlands of the Dalles and Dufur area during days two and three. The event began with dry and dusty roads but heavy rains and thunderstorms moved into the area during day two which made conditions extremely challenging for competitors.

Higgins experienced success out of the gate by leading all four stages held at the Raceway. Going into Leg Two he had a 10+ second lead, but experienced some issues with his rear brakes, dropping him just one second off of the lead. The issue was resolved during Higgins’ first service break and he went on to lead the remaining three stages with ease.  

Higgins’ closest rival, L’Estage, was held back by multiple tire punctures during the event. They contributed to the three and a half minute time gap between he and Higgins. Higgins spent his third and final rally day conserving this lead and trying to stay out of trouble. He went on to win Oregon Trail with a victory by over three minutes and twenty six seconds.

“This is a fantastic win and although we had a nice lead early on, the rain made conditions treacherous and it was a big challenge the whole way,” explained Higgins. “My Subaru STI, my co-driver and many of the stages in the championship are new to me this year and we knew it would take a few events to get the rhythm going, but we are there now and the team and I have a really high level of confidence headed into the final two events.”

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