WEDDERBURN rally driver Brendan Reeves has clinched the American 2WD championship after racing to victory in the final round of the 2013 Rally America series.
With his sister Rhianon Gelsomino in the co-driver's seat, Reeves steered his Team O'Neil Ford Fiesta R2 truly around the Lake Superior Performance Rally circuit in Michigan last weekend.
It was an incredible result, given the pair did not contest the opening two rounds of the series, but went on to win every one of the final five rounds.
Reeves, 25, was three points adrift of Canadian Andrew Comrie-Picard in the overall standings going into the last event, consisting of 17 stages over two days of competitive driving.
Rally organisers were forced to amend the route last week because of the US government shut-down, so the six different stages used were each run several times.
Reeves held the balance of power on day one, despite temporarily losing the lead to Comrie-Picard when a rock jammed between the rim and brake caliper in a rear wheel.
Once the rock dislodged, he charged on to hold a 13.4-second lead overnight.
Day two was almost a carbon copy: he dominated early but was slowed on stage 14 by another jammed rock and Comrie-Picard regained the advantage.
Reeves and Gelsomino were three seconds behind with just the final stage to go and knew it was now or never. They flew through the stage, beating Comrie-Picard by nine seconds, taking the rally win by 6.6 seconds and claiming the 2013 Rally America 2WD title.
"It's an awesome feeling to have won the Rally America 2WD title," Reeves said. "This weekend was a real battle with ACP and it feels so good to have come out on top."
The pair thanked their team for preparing "an amazing car" and their supporters and sponsors for helping give them the chance to rally in the US.