Aaron Bowering has taken out the first ever Hoosier Challenge, as part of the AGI Sport Adelaide Hills Rally.
Having used Hoosiers on his Subaru WRX alongside Heath Weedon throughout 2020, Bowering and Weedon proved to be too strong for the six competing crews during the combined season finale, as well as taking out the outright event.
As a result of winning in the Hoosier Challenge, Bowering will now get free entry into a round of next year’s RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC).
“We have been running the SARC completely on Hoosier tyres as it is the ARC’s control tyre for 2020 and they have been quite good,” Bowering said.
“There were a few fast competitors running on them during the AGI Sport Adelaide Hills Rally so we were lucky enough to get the win.
“At the end of the day, you want grip in a tyre, and the Hoosier tyres are strong and they grip well.
“It’s great to see Hoosier getting behind state and local level drivers around the country and encouraging them to get up to the ARC level. Their support gives them the opportunity to get entry into a round next year so I was lucky enough to get the win.”
Rounding out the Hoosier Challenge podium behind Bowering and Weedon were ARC regulars Stephen Mee and Jason Page in the Muscle Car Mufflers Toyota Corolla and Taxi Tech Ford XR6 pilots Kevin Raedel and Pete Hellwig.
In fourth place, Ryan Poel and Rebekah Cutting in the Poeley’s Custom Fabrication Subaru WRX, while Rick Powell and Karien Heimsohn were involved in a spectacular crash late on the first day when their Nisscare Subaru WRX went airborne but landed on all four wheels.
It was a short day for the remaining crew in Stuart and Lincoln Bates as the duo had an incident with their Subaru WRX three kilometres into the event’s first stage.