Atko is back behind the wheel of the #55 Subaru WRX STI Open Class Car for Round 3 of the 2018 Round 3 of the American Rally Association Championship Series: Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) June 1-2.
Atko will join last year’s STPR winner David Higgins for SubaruRally Team USA. Higgins and Atko are headed to the forests of Pennsylvania direct from England after competing at the inaugural Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) event at Silverstone.
This will be Atko’s second stage rally in America, after competing at Oregon Trail Rally in April. Having never competed at STPR means Atko and co-driver Stephane Prevot have no past pace notes to review and they must create their own fresh notes; a big challenge since STPR doesn’t offer two pass recce.
“It sounds like a tough stage rally at STPR. I’m looking forward to getting back in the rally car with no pressure there and I’m just going to enjoy the rally.” Atko said
“With one pass recce and since I don’t know the roads at all, it’s going to be a big learning experience. I’ll try having good pace as we found some good rhythm at the end of the last rally (at Oregon Trail Rally). If we are going to have the pace again, we sure can have a good rally there.”
While David Higgins and Craig Drew may have upper hand to Atko, with lots of experience at STPR, they will face some new stages and may suffer from dusty conditions depending on their running order on the road.
Total distance: 272.26 miles
Number of stages: 15
Stage distance: 131.63 miles
Stage surfaces: Hard packed clay, gravel, and stone.
Longest stage: Stage 13 (29.26 miles)
Highest elevation on stage: 2543′
Recce: 1 pass
Service Parks: Friday – Tioga County Fairgrounds, Whitneyville, PA
Saturday – Where Braun Memorial Field, Germania, PA
Official Start: 6/1/18 at 14:01
Stages in darkness: SS3, SS4, SS14 and SS15