For Immediate Release
4th round of the 2010 Canadian Rally Championship
Mitsubishi Brigade at Rallye Défi : a perfect weekend !
Ripon, Québec, September 12, 2011 – The 4th round of the Canadian Rally Championship, Rallye Défi, was held last weekend in the Quebec Laurentians. The Mitsubishi Brigade crews came out victorious on all counts in the overall and class standings. Already vice-champions in the Rally America series, Antoine L’Estage from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC and codriver Nathalie Richard in their Mitsubishi Evolution claimed a fourth win in as many outings this season, a seventh in a row in Canada and a sixth at this event. They become by the same token North American champions and almost lock the Canadian title. They only have to take the start of the remaining two events to do so. They won 14 of the 23 special stages over the two-day competition.
In the 2WD class, returning champions Jan and Jody Zedril from Winnipeg gave a driving clinic in their Group 5 Lancer with a convincing victory by more than 7 minutes. Jeffrey Dowell and Yavor Klostranec in their 2009 Lancer DE model were the eventual winners in Production Sport class. Both lead their category and all have but clinched the title at this point of the season. Mitsubishi is the leading manufacturer in more than 4 classes.
Synchro Racing was also impressive with two of their EVOs in the Top 10: Maxime Losier and Philippe Poirier in their EVO VIII took fourth overall, a mere 21 seconds away from a podium finish. Simon Losier and new codriver Anick Madon earned ninth place while Martin and Patrick Losier had to settle with 15th overall. The lady crew of Michelle Laframboise from Picton and Élise Racette from Mirabel were one position behind them in 16th spot. Of the nine crews entered, eight completed this demanding event.
“Our Mitsubishi Brigade did exceptionally well this weekend and their success shines upon Mitsubishi who is leading many categories in the championship, a testimony to the liability of our products”, said Koji Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. (MMSC). “We thank them for their constant efforts and hope they will do as well for the rest of the season.”
End of September in British Columbia
Merritt, B.C. will be the host of the next round of the Canadian Rally Championship with the Pacific Forest Rally just three weeks away, on September 30th and October 1st. Rally teams will run a few stages on Friday night before entering Parc Fermé until an early Saturday morning start for a total trek of almost 500 kilometres. For more information, please visit the event web site at or visit our password free media website at
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Canadian Rally Championship 2011 Calendar
Date, Event, Location
February 4-5, RALLYE PERCE-NEIGE, Maniwaki, Quebec
May 26-27, ROCKY MOUNTAIN RALLY, Calgary, Alberta
July 1-2, RALLYE BAIE DES CHALEURS, New Richmond, Quebec
September 9-10, RALLYE DEFI, Ste-Agathe, Quebec
September 30-October 1, PACIFIC FOREST RALLY,Merritt, British Columbia
November 25-26, RALLY OF THE TALL PINES, Bancroft, Ontario