Round Four: 2012 Canadian Rally Championship
Mitsubishi Brigade shines in Rallye Défi
Montpellier, Que.,September 10, 2012 –The fourth round of the Canadian Rally Championship was held this weekend in the Quebec Laurentians and Outaouais regions. Rallye Défi turned into what has been one of the toughest events in years, with only 13 of 29 teams completing the circuit. Antoine L’Estage of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. and his co-driver Nathalie Richard of Halifax in their Rockstar Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution earned second place overall, ending their winning streak at four but increasing their lead in the series standings.
Simon Losier of Blainville, Que. and Philippe Poirier from St-Rédempteur, Que.drove their Synchro Racing Lancer EVO VIII to fourth place, edging ahead of Maxime Losier in a similar EVO VIII with Stéphanie Lewis from Montreal.
Heavy rain and strong winds turned the gravel roads into mud pits on Saturday. Of the seven teams in the Mitsubishi Brigade, Albertans Hardy Schmidtke and John Hall in their EVO IX finished 12thoverall. Jeffrey Dowell and Yavor Klostranec were leading the Production Sport class but elected to withdraw for medical reasons.
“We saw a strong showing for our teams in such difficult conditions. L’Estage and Richard earned valuable points in the title chase and the manufacturer’s championship for Mitsubishi,” said Tony Laframboise, vice president, sales and marketing, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada.
Pacific Forest Rally next month
The Canadian Rally Championship will head west of the Rockies for the next round on October 12 &13. The Pacific Forest Rally is held in the ranching town of Merritt in British Columbia, 300 km northeast of Vancouver. It will showcase 175 kilometres of special stages within a 600km trek over two days. L’Estage and Richard will look to lock a third-straight national title with a win in Merritt.
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