Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 10:45pm


Ricardo Cordero has ended Brandon Semenuk’s 12-rally run of ARA National Championship wins with victory on the Oregon Trail Rally.

The Citroën C3 Rally2 driver took control of the event after both factory Subarus hit the same rock and retired from day two on Saturday’s opener. Cordero was initially challenged by DirtFish instructor and Ferrari-Subaru star Sam Albert before a puncture robbed the Wild West winner of his shot at a maiden National victory.

After a day on the Washington side of the Columbia River, Sunday was all about the faster roads around the Oregonian town of Dufur. Starting the day with an advantage of 1m37.4s, Cordero was cautious. A historic win was within touching distance and, while the third day’s stages weren’t quite as rough as those further north, keeping the car in one piece was uppermost in his mind.