The DiRT 3 Global RallyCross Championship: Twin Peaks, presented by Best Buy, the second round of the Global RallyCross Championship, was a mud-flinging, body battering, suspension-scraping extravaganza. Much more rally-inspired than the tarmac-heavy opener at Irwindale, the Twin Peaks round, held at the Dirt Fish rally school in Snoqualmie, Washington, featured an intoxicating blend of pavement, dirt and gravel. The school is based at the former Old Mill Rally Park, which was originally a Weyerhaeuser paper mill and the course ran through the facility’s huge 100-year-old warehouse, giving the event a decidedly gymkhana vibe.
Qualifying and the heat races had their fair share of carnage as sheetmetal was shredded, bashed and hurled to the ground. Super 4WD combatant Richard Burton was rear ended into the air by fellow Subie racer Jimmy Keeney, suffering fatal rear suspension damage. Andy Mancin flipped his Evo IX on the 70-foot Joker Jump and Joseph Burke shaved the front fascia off his Evo on a mis-timed jump.
But it was devastating Dave Mirra that kept the capacity crowd on their feet. Like the pistons of his finely tuned Boxer engine Dave’s adrenal gland was pumping at full capacity. He nailed a K-barrier coming out of the warehouse in one of the heat races, breaking the outer rim of the wheel away from the spokes, and the crew did a miraculous job putting humpty back together again just in time to make the B-Main qualifying race. Dave advanced to the finals as the sixth so-called “promoter’s option” car, under a rule that allows a fan favorite who didn’t qualify to get a shot at the A-Main race. On the last lap of the money race Dave again suffered left rear suspension damage that included drop-kicking the rear wheel into the woods. Totally uninhibited Dave kept the throttle wide open and three-wheeled his STI to the finish line where his race concluded with a spinout and a cloud of smoke puffing from the hood.
Tanner Foust in the Rockstar Ford Fiesta, Sweden’s Michael Jerenberg and his 2008 Skoda Fabia, fellow Swede Andreas Eriksson driving the Best Buy Ford Fiesta, Rhys Millen and his Hyundai Veloster and Stephan Verdier and his Crawford STI, joined Dave in the A-Main. All day long the tough 90-degree first turn, which transitioned from tarmac to dirt, was prime real estate. Blast from the starting line and get through that turn first and you are set-up for the rest of the race. Eriksson drifted his Fiesta way wide taking up plenty of the racing line to grab P1 and lead for most of the race. He was on cruise control until a mis-step coming out of the warehouse bounced him off a K-rail. This punctured a tire and took the edge off his Ford. Foust, himself injured after dislocating a shoulder the previous day, pounced, grabbed the lead and never looked back. Jerenberg and his Skoda were among the elite cars at the event and did well to come home second. Eriksson held on to the last podium spot.