Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 9:50pm


On the face of it, it was business as usual for Brandon Semenuk and Keaton Williams in Missouri on Saturday night. The Subaru WRX pair arrived back into Salem with almost two minutes in hand over their nearest 100 Acre Wood rival. Switching the #1 car off at the finish, the driver’s door was opened and the Canadian was greeted by the team.

Semenuk blew out his cheeks, before offering the same smile he’s delivered since October 2022 – the start of an 11-round winning streak. But it hadn’t been straightforward. Anything but.

A spirited, rapid drive from a returning Barry McKenna kept Semenuk very much on his toes. A Friday puncture ruined the opening day for the Ford Fiesta WRC star, but the accepted wisdom was that second day’s narrower gravel stages would offer McKenna the perfect chance to bridge the 33-second divide between the top two.