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1st Overall at NEFR 2015 NH Rally

New England Forest Rally 2015 is in the books and we ended up 1st place overall in the regional NH Rally. It was a long week and there were a few points where I thought we wouldn’t even start the race. Still have some issues to sort out with the car, but it held together and we ran a clean rally. Started and finished on a set of used tires, didn’t even have to chance a wheel. A good battle with Gary Donoghue came down to a few seconds. Couldn’t have done it without friends and family. Ian Oliver, Hollen Groff, Jared LantzyDerryl Rausch Gottlieb, Mom, Dad, Eric Pfeister, Steve JardineJohnstons SubaruDeMan Motorsport, Liberty Trading Post, ACE

Subaru Garage Parts Sale

The time has come for a garage clean up.  Everything must go.  Full list of what is still available below photos.  Email mattgottlieb1 at for any questions.

Engine stuff
– 2.7L Darton Sleeved Sti EJ257 Stroker Long Block – Full setup (motor, turbo, ecu) capable of 800+hp – built by Jr when at Turbotrix – $10,000 for full setup
     – AEM standalone tuned on e85 on low boost – larger ARP head studs – P&P heads (specially dried for larger head studs) – Ferrea valve train – TGV Delete – Perrin Fuel rails – id2000 fuel inj  – Stainless fuel lines – aeromotive FPR and filter – reverse intake manifold – EL header – Precision 37R turbo and uppipe – Tial External wastegate – Downpipe Vband – setup for custom front mount
– turbo xs fmic, bracket, piping (used for custom setup above, not direct fit to stock) – $400
– bar and plate fmic v mount style – $200
– Tial blow off valve (bov) – $200
– k&n RE-0870 air filter Brand new in box – $30
– 45 mm turbo restrictor fit to precision 37r turbo
– 02-07 wrx sti APS blow off valve – $150
– 07 Sti/forester xt/lgt DBW throttlebody – $100
– 02-05 wrx stock top feed blue injectors (3/4) – $50
– 02-05 wrx top feed blue injectors cut for 800+cc mod – $100
– 02-05 wrx crank pulley – $15
– 02-05 Subaru wrx turbo oem top mount intercooler(tmic) -$50
– 02-05 oem subaru wrx intake manifold with throttle body, fuel lines, rails, injectors, tav’s, wiring, inlet  – $200
– 02-05 wrx intake manifold stripped – $40
– 02-05 subaru stock em tgv valves – $75
– 02-05 wrx starter – $40
– 03 wrx power steering pump – $50
– 02-05 em wrx uppipe with cat removed – $40
– Perrin Air/ oil separator and hoses – $250
– wrx radiator fan – $25
– Random radiators – $20 each
– PPG Subaru Dog Box Group N Rally Spec (6 speed case with 5 gear set) 3.9FD with matching R180 Rear Plated Diff $7500
– R160 Rear diff from 02 wrx with cusco 2 way LSD – $600
– R160 rear diff used in a 6 speed conversion –
– R180 Sti rear diff not sure year (believe 3.9 fd) – $300
– 6 speed short shifter and assembly – can’t remember brand of SS $150
– DCCD pro center diff controller – $200 , sti thumbwheel – $60
– Torque solution solid engine mounts – $150
– 5×100 Sti hubs
– 02-05 wrx trailing arms
– 02-05 wrx trans pitch mount stop
– 02-05 wrx trans mount
– rear diff cover
– sti front control arm mounts
– 03 auto wrx driveshaft (good for sti swaps) –
– Sti driveshaft – $250
– 02 wrx stock front diff – $50
– flywheel unknown – $20
– MOMO steering wheel quick release – $175
– Longacre steering wheel holder – $10
Suspension and handling
– 03 wrx front sway bar – $50
– 02-05 wrx Whiteline 24 mm adj rear sway bar
– 06-07 subaru wrx or sti carbon hood (small crack on front) – $400
– 02-05 stock side skirts black – $50
– 03 wrx steering column -$50
Wheels and Tires
–  6x 2008 Sti 5 spoke 18” wheels (5×114) some curb rash – $80 per wheel
– Set of Stock Sti Silver BBS wheels (5×114) with almost new Direzza tires (1 tire has a bad bubble) – $
– 5x Speedline Corse Tarmac Wheels(5×114) Gold 18×7 inch – $300 each
– 6x New DMack Tramac/track day tires 17 inch (medium compound) – $225 each
– 4x Michelin Tarmac Tires used N03 (17 inch) – $100 each
– 4x New Hankook Winter iPike studded (205/65/15) – $80 each
– 4x BFG Tarmac Wets W01 (225/40/18) – $100 each
– 5x New Pirelli Tarmac Tires RE (18inch)

Mt. Washington Hillclimb was awesome!

Finished 3rd in Open Hillclimb Class and 7th Overall including the Rally America Cars.  The weather was amazing and very rare from what I understand.  We were able to do the 2 full runs up the mountain.  As always, there was not enough time to prepare the car so the turbo and tune has issues.  During the practice days, the car felt inconsistent and snappy.  After a quick swaybar change (actually hooking it up properly), the car instantly felt better and the first timed run was flat out.

Here is a video of the second run:

Rally WV: 3rd overall until disappointing mechanical failure

This was Matt Gottlieb’s first time at Rally West Virginia and first time with co-driver Jared Lantzy.  The car was prepped a PPG Dogbox was installed.  This was their first time racing with a dogbox so the first few stages was a learning experience for the team.  They had to get used to each other, get used to the car and the roads, and get used to the new transmission.  It didn’t take long for the team to mesh and they were sitting in 2nd place overall before going into the night stages.  An unfortunate light pod mistake led the team to drive practically blind through the night stages and they dropped back to 3rd overall after losing minutes.

The second day of the event started out well as the team posted their first stage win and followed it up by being within seconds of the fastest stage times all day long.  They were now comfortably in 3rd overall and on their way to a National event podium.  In transit to the last stage of the day, which was a short tarmac hill climb, all of the sudden when shifting from 4th to 5th, the transmission got stuck in neutral.  The team was forced to retire on the side of the road as the car was stuck in neutral and no way to fix it.  With no cars able to tow them to the finish, they had to wait for sweep.

A very disappointing finish but Matt was happy with their performance and how they had done so well without any scratches or close calls the whole rally. Thanks to Jared Lantzy for a great run, Matt’s Dad, Arthur Barnard Jr. and AJ for keeping the team on the road and looking good.

ESPRally All Tarmac 5th Overall

Racing on the back roads of Rock Hill, the team had a slight advantage with knowledge of some of the roads.  The disadvantage was the prep of the car.  Completed only a week before the rally after the damage from Sandblast, there was no time to test or set up the car for tarmac.  With a goal to finish the race without any damage, the team did a great job finishing 5th overall without a scratch.  Ride along on the final stage with the Helmet Cam.


Sandblast 2013 Rally ends quickly

Sandblast 2013 came to an end on stage 2 after hitting a water  hole and hydroplaning into a tree.  The radiator and timing gears were broken and the team was unable to continue.  Check out the video from the crash.

5th Place Finish at New England Forest Rally


GottiRacing finished out their last Rally America event for the 2012 season with another 5th place in Super Production class and 15th Overall in the National event.  A rough few days before the event is the typical scene at their home garage.  A few days before traveling up to Maine, the team installed a new Subaru long block to replace the knocking engine from STPR in June.  With only a handful of miles on the engine, they left for Sunday River and felt pretty well prepared.  Day 1 was pretty much a shakedown of the car.  The first stage could have gone better and it was apparent that they needed to warm up and make a few changes at the first service.  On stage one, they slide into a guard rail at the main spectator area and left their mark for the year.  Some setup changes on day one including sway bar adjustments, suspension tuning, diff controller adjustments, and a brake change helped get Matt and Austin comfortable going into day 2.  As the stages went on, they were getting faster until stage 9, when a small off bend a rear trailing arm.  The drivers rear wheel was toed out around 40 degrees but the car was abel to be driven, although sideways back to service.  The service crew was able to find a new trailing arm from Mr. Gill, and were able to get the old, stuck arm out and replace it with only 5 seconds to spare.  They turned it down a bit for the last two stages and finished out the event with another good finish.

Awesome job by the Gotti Racing crew of Ian Oliver, Jay McDade, Hollen Groff, and Arthur Barnard.

5th Place Finish at Susquehannock Trail Rally 2012

In 2011, GottiRacing did not make it past stage 1 after hitting a large rock and damaging the engine and front end.  STPR starts with a set of very rough stages through Waste Management land.  The goal of those stages is to keep the car in one piece.  This year, Matt was able to do that, relatively…  The town of Wellsburo is a great start to the rally and there are always a lot of fan in the parc expose.  The engine got louder and louder throughout the rally and it was clear that something was wrong, possibly a bearing.  Thankfully the engine lasted and they were able to make it to the finish after the fun side by side spectator fairground stages.  After getting the car home and removing the skid plate, a closer look revealed a dent in the oil pan that may have damaged the oil pickup causing oil starvation to the engine.  Time for a new long block.

5th at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood 2012


This was Matt and Austin’s first time to 100 Acre Wood Rally.  The roads were fast and smooth, unlike most rallies up north.  The car had some troubles early on and dust became an issue on day 2 that forced many cars to slow and even stop on stage until the dust cleared.  With two stages to go, they were able to wire the diff controller to lock and were able to drive harder than earlier in the rally.  With not much to gain on the last stage, they brought the car back in one piece with a 5th in Super Production class finish and 14th overall in the National event.

GottiRacing 3rd Overall at Rally New York 2012


The up-and-coming rally team of Joseph Burke and Alex Kihurani (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) outran and outlasted a strong United States Rally Championship field to win Rally New York USA 2012. Their car suffered a brake problem on the first of two days, when a seal failed, and later a spin due to a differential problem. But the team’s mechanics were able to fix both, and with the car in order they rose to the front of the field.

Rally New York USA is one of only two national auto rallies in the United States in which all of the special stages are on paved roads. Other American nationals use dirt and gravel or snow-covered roads. This year’s event used a new 270-mile course in the Catskill Mountains of eastern New York State, in the populated area around Rock Hill and Monticello. Sunday’s leg included four super specials (two in each direction) around the circuit at the Monticello Motor Club, a road racing country club south of Monticello. The route received immediate approval from many of the competitors for its challenge and novelty. All Rally New York events are conducted under the international FIA rules with full reconnaissance of rally route and pace notes.

The rally was hosted by the Rock Hill Fire Department with support from the Rock Hill Business Association and received wide acceptance by residents and business community alike. Local law enforcement, volunteer ambulance corps, fire departments and radio clubs were on hand to assure the excellent safety of this successful event.

The rally ran on time for two days and completed all the special stages in spite of being conducted in a populated area of Sullivan County, New York. There were very few retirements and no serious injuries.

Pre-rally weather reports predicted rain for most of the weekend, heavy at times. In fact, most of Saturday’s leg was conducted in dry, partly sunny and mild conditions. Light sprinkles fell only on the last stage of the day, and heavy rain held off until everyone had reached the end-of-day service. Sunday was entirely overcast, with no precipitation but damp roads in the morning, and light to moderate rain in the afternoon.

The Hungarian team of Robert Martai/Tibor Kertes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) placed second, about seven minutes down. This was the best-ever finish in a national for both, after a smooth performance.

The local favorites Matt Gottlieb/Austin Gager (Subaru Impreza) were back after winning last fall’s all-gravel International Rally New York. The driver actually lives on one of the special stages. They finished third after heroic efforts because of failing brakes. The car’s brakes went away on the second special stage, putting them into a ditch. They were able to drive out, after which their service crew diagnosed the problem as damaged hydraulic pipes. The mechanics restored the front brakes for the remainder of the day, then the rears for the second day. They spent the next several hours climbing back up the order. On Sunday the rear brake line failed again, and the mechanics were able to restore stopping to one of the wheels, which got them to the finish in third overall.

Alvin Fong/Amber Stacy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) placed fourth, an excellent result for a driver in his first full season of rallying, and a co-driver who was competing in her first national. They also took home the trophy for best-placed Production AWD car.

The Canadian-Irish team of Donal Crooke/Noel Joyce (Honda Civic) placed first in the two-wheel drive (2WD) category after a clean run, a minute and a half ahead of Erika Detota/Greg Dorman (Subaru Impreza). Sid Sareen/Timothy Oliver (Ford Fiesta) placed third in 2WD, and were the best-placed Production 2WD car. A 2WD entry of note is the experienced team of tarmac specialists Brendan Brosnan/Tommy Commane (Toyota Twin-Cam) who travelled to the event all the way from Ireland to suffer engine problems thoughout the event.

Human error or bad luck dogged many pre-event favorites for the overall win. Cyril Kearney/Mark McAlister (Subaru Impreza) were running in the second place, but then mis-estimated the car’s fuel requirements at a service stop and ran out of gas only one half of a mile from the end of special stage six. They were classified under Super Rally rules, and continued, only to go off the road on the next-to-last stage. Celsus “Charlie” Donnelly/Barry Smith (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) were holding third overall, but likewise suffered a lack of gas, and then a problem with a crankshaft sensor for the engine management system. Ultimately, they stopped on the final transit zone with a drive train failure (the center differential gave up), which dropped them to tenth under Super Rally rules.

Photo by Liviu Hrituleac