(21/10/2013) THE Australian brother-sister crew of Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino has clinched the 2013 Rally America Series 2WD Championship at the final round in Michigan on the weekend.
The Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR), round seven of the Rally America series, added another achievement to the pair’s international record.
They contested the WRC Academy in 2011 and 2012 and Brendan was selected to participate in the FIA Young Drivers Excellence Academy in 2012. Last month they were in the company of the world’s best rally drivers at Coates hire Rally Australia.
The Lake Superior rally proved to be this season’s biggest test for Reeves.
After missing the first two rounds Reeves and Gelsomino secured a drive with Team O’Neil Rally and won every round in their Ford Fiesta.
Coming in to the final round, Reeves was just three points adrift of Canadian Andrew Comrie-Picard in the standings and needed to finish second to take home the 2WD title.
The LSPR was run over two days, 17 stages and around 150 kilometres of competitive driving.
Starting the final stage, Reeves and Gelsomino were three seconds behind their rival. They charged through the stage, beating Comrie-Picard by nine seconds and taking the rally win by 6.6 seconds.
“It’s an awesome feeling to have won the Rally America 2WD title,” Reeves said.
“A huge thanks go to Team O’Neil Rally for preparing an amazing car. The Fiesta has been brilliant throughout the championship and it has been fantastic to be part of the team.
“Rhianon and I would also like to thank all our supporters and sponsors – without them, the opportunity to rally in America wouldn’t have been possible and winning the title is a great way to thank everyone for their support.”
Reeves’ and Gelsomino’s next event is the final round of the 2013 East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship, Rally Victoria, which will be based in Warragul from 15 November.