After the lunch break, the crews recce-ed a shorter uphill stage with some challenging tight turns at the start and end of the stage. Some timing issues on SS5 forced the times to be dropped in the overall results, keeping only times for the last 2 runs of this stage in the standings. There were no changes in the standings after the second loop (and no more incidents either!) The crews regrouped at service to prepare for the last stage, the longest of the rallysprint, mostly downhill with very technical sections and constantly changing grip. This time the lighter R4U and 2WD cars would be at an advantage compared to the heavier R4O cars.
Dylan Gondyke and Benjamin Chuong won that last stage in style with a nice tank slapper through the finish line (checkout the video online on the NER Facebook page) and took the win in R4U (23m33s) ahead of Caleb Pocock/Elijah Hammarlund (25m27s) and Kadence Verge/Joseph Verge (27m05s). Luis Teixeira, for his return in 2WD, took the win in R2U with (24m12s) ahead of Jesse Whitsell/Kenzie Whitsell/Samantha Gouin (25m05s). Samantha was codriving for the first time for Dan Downey but after Dan’s car broke down in the first loop, Kenzie offered her seat to Samantha so that she could gain some experience. Third place in R2U went to Matthew Stryker/Bryan Cammerlin (25m55s) who were amazed they didn’t get any chicane penalties despite his many close calls in his Toyota Rav4!
In R2O, Scott James/Gavin James kept their lead (26m19s) just ahead of Kevin Brolin/David Dennis who took 11 seconds back in the last stage to finish 7 seconds behind the winners (26m26s). Third place went to Anthony Burden/Benjamin Nadeau (26m34s) who ran out of time to recover from their bogey time on SS2.
The R4O class saw a great performance of Margaret Sharron/Jennie Holden in the last stage taking 17 seconds back to Tony Gearheart/Joshua Alexander to claim 2nd place. The R4O podium was taken by the husband and wife team Frog Racing of Emmanuel Cecchet/Mike Willard (23m20s also FTD) and Margaret Sharron/Jennie Holden (24m45s), with Tony Gearheart/Joshua Alexander (24m58s) in 3rd place.