The New England Forest Rally (commonly known as NEFR) is known for their tricky roads, embedded rocks and jumps. Lots of jumps in fact. This weekend’s event was no different as many teams had difficulty with the road conditions and significant number of jumps on Friday.
Despite the challenging roads, Seehorn Rally Team’s Jeff Seehorn and Karen Jankowski put on a dominant performance achieving their third class win and also there third overall podium of the season. This puts them in 2nd place in the Restricted Open 4wd national championship, only three points out of first going into the last event of the season.
“I am so happy that we finished this rally after having a DNF here in 2015, the roads are so fast and so rough and it’s a very difficult rally to just survive. Some of the stages you are literally gritting your teeth as you go flat out through huge embedded rocks, just praying your equipment will last. Our Maxxis tires mounted on Method wheels did the trick and we got another well-deserved win!“stated Jeff.
“When we were here in 2015 one of the many rocks that this event is known for, caught us out and we weren’t able to continue. The experience from last time definitely was on the back of our minds this weekend. We used our experience to stay consistent all weekend putting in fast times and never putting wheel off. Jeff’s motorcycle racing experience really helps on roads like we had this weekend. It was in my opinion one of his best drives ever!” stated Karen.
In addition to the tricky road conditions, NEFR has very short services for the team with only 30 mins given to complete any work that needs to be done.
“We had great teamwork at this event, Karen and I really connected in the car and we never skipped a beat. Our crew was on top of it all weekend, banging out service like Formula 1 pit stops“ stated Jeff.
“With the very short services our crew of Isaac Fish, Don Jankowski, Tristan Seehorn, and Jennifer Fish absolutely killed it every time! There is nothing better than knowing that you have one of the best service crews out there and they can handle anything we may throw at them. We really want to thank them for all their hard work and positive spirit all weekend” explained Karen.
The team’s last event of the season is Ojibwe Forest Rally August 25-26 in Walker Minnesota Ojibwe Forest Rally two class wins in a row narrows the gap to their nearest rivals for the ARA Championship. With just 1 event remaining, Ojibwe Forest Rally, the battle for the Restricted Open 4wd national title will be fierce. If the team wins then they will win the championship.