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Britain's David Higgins and Craig Drew, driving a Subaru WRX STI, have won the Rally in The 100 Acre Wood in Missouri, the second round of this year's Rally America series.

They finished almost 9 minutes clear of Joseph Burke in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, with Lauchlin O'Sullivan third.

Higgins, the Rally America champion for the last 2 seasons, was initially third overall on Day One behind early leader Ken Block and championship leader Antoine L'Estage until L'Estage hit trouble on Stage 4, his Mitsubishi Lancer overheating and dropping him down the leaderboard.

L'Estage and his co-driver Nathalie Richard eventually retired.

After that Higgins went head-to-head with Block, the pre-event favourite, eventually taking the lead on Stage 6. Block hit a tree and was forced to retire his Fiesta H.F.H.V for the day. He resumed on Day Two under SuperRally, but eventually was forced out again, this time with a throttle problem.

All Higgins had to do on the final day was to keep his concentration: he did it in the best way possible, gradually drawing further and further ahead of Burke to take a very convincing win.

The result also means that Higgins moves into the lead in the 2013 Rally America drivers' table with 39 points to L'Estage's 23 - subject to final classification.

Source: iRally.com
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