2017 PHOTO RECAP: RALLY & HILLCLIMB

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This year has been a very dramatic season with close battles between #SRTUSA team mates David Higgins and Travis Pastrana. Let's look back on the year's best photos with comments from the drivers and team photographers.

SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA DRIVERS:

#75SUBARU WRX STI - DAVID HIGGINS

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#199SUBARU WRX STI - TRAVIS PASTRANA

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Rallye Perce Neige 2017, Maniwaki Quebec, Canada

"The first test of the year. I was stoked to get back in the car. This was my first full year of rally racing since 2009. David and I were told to warm up he cars but I went around him and sent it into the first corner waaaaay too fast! Robbie and I couldn't see anything because the car was under a wave of snow!" - Travis Pastrana

Rallye Perce Neige 2017, Maniwaki Quebec, Canada

"Getting the season off to a flying start. Your senses work overtime on snow without the full winter studs. You are always looking for grip and driving by the seat of your pants." - David Higgins

Oregon Trail Rally 2017

if we had any chance at the championship we had to win Oregon.

TRAVIS PASTRANA

"Climbing up the longest stage of the rally. The first stage of day 2, Robbie and I went into this rally knowing if we wanted any chance at the championship we had to win Oregon so we used up 6 tires on day 1. David opted to only take 4 on day 1 but he got a flat on the last stage probably due to his tires being completely spent.. anyway, he had 4 new tires for this stage and we had 2 new tires.. he only won the stage by 3 seconds even though Robbie and I were sweeping the stage and on older tires. At that point, I know we had a chance to win." - Travis Pastrana

Oregon Trail Rally 2017

"It's rare to be able to get the entire gravel spray against the sky. However, with Pastrana and Higgins at full attack it seemed like a great opportunity. I was right in the middle of a spectator point and was keenly aware there would be little or no warning before Pastrana appeared who was first on the road. I was shooting through a 500mm lens and ready to fire and Pastrana was due any second. Some of the course workers were re-positioning a vehicle near me (off the course) and I thought, this is exactly how it happens and you miss the shot so I kept focused on the turn. I had no sooner completed my thought and Bam! Pastrana rounded the corner as I had hoped with absolutely no warning." - Lars Gange / SRTUSA Photographer

Oregon Trail Rally 2017

the photographers always dam it for the best pictures!

David Higgins

"Oregon Trail Rally was our first rally with a smaller turbo, 10 tyres with heavier weight so it was hard to know what tyres to run with as we had no experience. The water crossing is always interesting as on recce, there is very little water but the photographers always dam it for the best pictures!" - David Higgins

Oregon Trail Rally 2017

"Sending it in on Boyd stage at Oregon Trail Rally, always a favorite with drivers and fans". - David Higgins

Olympus Rally 2017

"One of the toughest events of the year and one we were able to dominate, Travis couldn't bridge the gap on this one." - David Higgins

Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally 2017

It is the only rally on the championship circuit that I haven't won.

Travis Pastrana

"Robbie and I went out hard in STPR. It is the only rally on the championship circuit that I haven't won. We knew if we wanted a shot at changing that statistic we would have to make time on the twisty and jumpy stages on the first day's Waste Management section. We won the first 4 stages and got the distance record on this jump but it wasn't enough to hold of David and Craig at the end." - Travis Pastrana

Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally 2017

the dwindling light disappeared completely and the cars finally appeared

Ben Haulenbeek

"This photo was a pure serendipity. At STPR there are little to no spots where the road emerges from the thick canopy. On stage 13 I found this spot where a tight turn spilled out from the forest into an opening. While I had set up in a tree anticipating the following corner to be the exciting one where the cars would slide over a small brook that passes under the road. Instead Higgins and Drew came flying out of the first turn at full opposite-lock. Luckily I was able to capture the moment. While I was initially getting annoyed at the near hour long delay for the stage to get underway, with just minutes to go before the dwindling light disappeared completely, the cars finally appeared and the unusual mix of light and natural vignette made for an interesting shot." - Ben Haulenbeek / SRTUSA Photographer.

Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally 2017

"The Super Special at the Tioga County Fairgrounds is a staple of STPR. The fans love it, but it's a real challenge for photographers, especially when they run reverse order and the fast cars are last when all the light is gone. It is however a rare opportunity to get the two SRTUSA cars together in the same shot when they're going head-to-head." - Ben Haulenbeek / SRTUSA Photographer

Mt Washington Hill Climb - Climb to the Clouds 2017

If you are going fast enough to win the event you are going fast enough to crash.

David Higgins

"It was going really well up until it went really bad. It’s one of those events that you put so much work into one small run, so the disappointment is massive. If you are going fast enough to win the event you are going fast enough to crash." - David Higgins

Mt Washington Hill Climb - Climb to the Clouds 2017

I had the record but David took it.. I wanted it back.

travis pastrana

"Mt. Washington wasn't part of the championship but I put a huge priority on it. This hill climb is the oldest running car race in America and it only happens sporadically. I had the unofficial record but David took it. I wanted it back. I was fastest in all four practice sessions and knew it would take everything I had. So stoked to stay on the road! The hill climb cars Subaru gave us were absolutely amazing!!!" - Travis Pastrana

Mt Washington Hill Climb - Climb to the Clouds 2017

"Cragway turn is an iconic spot on the Mt. Washington Auto Road. It's the photo everyone expects to see from the event. In years past I've always favored the view south towards Tuckerman Ravine. With this shot I instead wanted to capture the scene on the corner with spectators covering the rocks and the view back towards Wildcat Ski Area to truly capture the seemingly infinite drop back down the valley." - Ben Haulenbeek / SRTUSA Photographer

Mt Washington Hill Climb - Climb to the Clouds 2017

Have an idea of what you want, shoot like crazy with multiple lenses and bodies.

Lars Gange

"I wanted to capture the scale of the mountain as well as the countless twists and turns of the Mt Washington Auto Road. Shooting from the helicopter adds many variables itself, the intermittent puffy clouds were at times blocking the sun, and matching the speed of the 600 hp SRTUSA Hillclimb cars from the air is challenging to say the least. The entire run is under 6 minutes and the optimal car-helicopter vantage points last in total less than a minute over the upper half of the mountain. Have an idea of what you want, shoot like crazy with multiple lenses and bodies and see what you come away with is pretty much how it goes. At first I was disappointed the shadow was across the mountain, however, I really like how it highlights the twisty road to the summit which is what I wanted!" - Lars Gange / SRTUSA Photographer

New England Forest Rally 2017

"We have take off! It's always an interesting feeling when you can only see the sky over jumps. This rally has some of best rally sections around but there are also some of the roughest sections with very large rocks that really spoil your rhythm. We came one stage away from sealing the championship until a rock kicked up and broke rear of our car, losing a wheel on the way." - David Higgins

New England Forest Rally 2017

NEFR is run through some of the most beautiful forests in the northeast.

Ben Haulenbeek

"Few things beat shooting rally cars from a helicopter with the doors off. NEFR is run through some of the most beautiful forests in the northeast, and at the northernmost tip of the northernmost stage the cars race across Hurricane Brook, giving us the opportunity to capture a image that truly defines the event." - Ben Haulenbeek / SRTUSA Photographer

New England Forests Rally 2017

we under estimated how much air we would get off a crest.

TRAVIS PASTRANA

"The New England Forest rally started off amazing. Robbie and I were really in tune and working together better then we ever had before. All of our note practice was finally coming together but we under estimated how much air we would get off a crest. Robbie hurt his back and I was pretty sure our hopes at a championship was over. Greg (Dorman) stepped in for day two and surprised everyone. Greg did phenomenally well considering he was reading someone else's notes and going faster than he had been before in a rally car. I think it caught David and Craig off guard. When they picked up the pace they made a big mistake and we were able to capitalize." - Travis Pastrana

New England Forest Rally 2017

"This Concord Pond shot from New England Forest Rally is a classic. There are multiple jumps and it's always difficult to decide which one to shoot. Even though as a career rally photographer I have seen and taken similar photos before, sometimes you need to resist the urge to do something different and just deliver that classic awesome stop action rally jump everyone loves. I got down low with a 200mm lens to make the car appear high above the road while positioning myself behind a big tree for protection. Using cameras with a frame rate of 10-12 per second, I pre-focus on where I want to start shooting. Once the car reaches that point I let the focus tracking manage the focusing. It works remarkably well." - Lars Gange / SRTUSA Photographer

New England Forest Rally 2017

We went out with no driveshafts no brakes and a lot of bits missing.

David Higgins

"This is a mega tough event with big rocks. When you’re the first car down the road, you’re the first person to hit the rock. We were on the second to last stage and thought we had the job done; everything was going swimmingly and the next thing you know there’s a big bang from the rear. We then had to do 26 miles with nothing in the rear corner. Massive thanks to my #75 crew for their hard work. That car shouldn’t have gone any further. We went back out with no driveshafts, no brakes, and a lot of bits missing, but we were able to get back out there and it was great to finish the rally." - David Higgins

Ojibwe Forests Rally 2017

"We hit a rock that was pulled out on SS1 damaging a wheel but we only lost 3 seconds. We also did first 3 stages with wrong tyres and there was the wiper incident.. We had some amazing stage times taking over 35 seconds from Travis on a few stages and were able to close the gap from over 2.15 minutes to less than a minute. When it rains there, it becomes so slippery. It's worse than Rally GB so there were some very big moments at times and it’s fun to see some of the ones Travis was having. He even finished a stage with a tree stuck in the rear spoiler." - David Higgins

Ojibwe Forests Rally 2017

Ojibwe was a must win for us.

Travis Pastrana

"Ojibwe was a must win for us. The 3 miles of super rocky and tight four wheeler trails was a make or break section for Robbie and I. We put the hammer down and came away 19 seconds up through the tight stuff and managed to not get a puncture. That was a turning point in the rally for sure!" - Travis Pastrana

Ojibwe Forests Rally 2017

There were multiple stages that I had the opportunity to shoot from the water's surface.

Ben Haulenbeek

"Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, so what better way to capture the action but from the water. There were multiple stages that I had the opportunity to shoot from the water's surface, but on Stage 12, Sawmill Lake, I got a premium opportunity. While setting up a homemade raft I had cobbled together a local fisherman was nice enough to take me out on his boat instead. He maneuvered me into an ideal spot were I was able to track the cars for nearly a quarter mile along the shore line. The silver lining with the dim and overcast conditions was that water's surface was mirror smooth and dark forest behind the car were ideal for reflections." - Ben Haulenbeek / SRTUSA Photographer

Ojibwe Forests Rally 2017

there is big rock on outside of landing.

david Higgins

"Trying to get the line just right with a blind landing, there is big rock on outside of landing here so you always have to be 100% perfect on this one." - David Higgins

Ojibwe Forests Rally 2017

"We had to win one of the two night stages to take the championship. I had been good on the super specials all year but mainly because David doesn't put a huge focus on them. There isn't much to be gained in the big picture but always a lot to lose. I knew that David was going to be pushing to the max on that stage and he is very good at karting and pavement.." - Travis Pastrana

Ojibwe Forests Rally 2017

It came down to the last super special stage of the last event in the championship to decide the rally.

Travis Pastrana

"Being on the top spot of that podium for a championship win for the first time in 7 years was huge for me. The team worked so hard. It came down to the last super special stage of the last event in the championship to decide the rally... pretty amazing how it worked out!" - Travis Pastrana

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