acp-xg13.jpgAndrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard will be in the Laurentian mountains north of Montreal this weekend looking for his second overall win of the season at the Rallye Defi Ste. Agathe, headquartered in the town of Ste. Agathe (Sept. 7-8, 2007).

The top Canadian rally driver and his American co-driver Marc Goldfarb have just returned from competing at the X Games in California for the second consecutive year and are prepared for the rough and challenging course through the forests of Quebec.

“It’s terrific to be back at Defi,” said Comrie-Picard. “My very first national stage wins came five years ago at this rally in my previous Mitsubishi Lancer. Now with an even better car we’re looking forward to even greater success.”

Comrie-Picard’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 rally car is up for the task. Slowboy Racing has built an innovative new engine with all the power necessary for the fast stages. And the Yokohama tires that ACP always uses will handle all the rocks and bumps that Defi is famous for dishing out.

Competitors will race through the forests surrounding the towns of Ste. Agathe, Montpellier, and Duhamel on a variety of surfaces and on roads of widely varying character. The event is one of the roughest in the series and benefits from being within an easy drive of the major urban centre of Montreal. Comrie-Picard is in a tight battle for the Canadian Championship and is attempting to regain the lead he held after winning the opening event of the season, the Rallye Perce Neige.

At the last Canadian rally, the Baie des Chaleurs, Comrie-Picard won more than half of the stages but lost several minutes to a blown turbo for a second place finish. He expects success this weekend: “Defi has it all: tarmac, rough sections, water splashes, technical sections and high speed stages – what more could a rally driver want? Oh yeah – great spectators. Quebec is great for rallying!”

Conditions at the rally are expected to be warm and humid, increasing the challenge.

You can find more info on the rally at www.rallyedefi.com; ACP’s blog is available at www.sixth-gear.ca

Rally car racing is considered the extreme sport of automobile racing and is often described simply as “real cars, real roads, real fast.” This all-season motorsport sees drivers and their co-drivers take modified road cars to the limit as they achieve blistering speeds over courses that cover more than 200km of gravel, dirt or snow-covered roads.

Next, the team heads west for the fourth Canadian round, the Pacific Forest Rally, in Merritt, BC, October 19 to 20. The Canadian Rally Championship airs on CHUM/A-Channel.

ABOUT THE DRIVER: The Edmonton-born Andrew Comrie-Picard is competing for the American, Canadian, and North American rally championships in 2007. When he isn’t racing, Comrie-Picard works in television. He is the co-host of the 2007 Canadian Rally Championship broadcast, airing nationwide on the CHUM TV network, and the host and associate producer of the fifth-annual Targa Newfoundland broadcast, shown on Speed Network in the US and Global television in Canada. He is also the host of the Global TV reality show War of the Wheels, and an extreme auto correspondent for Driver’s Seat television. Comrie-Picard divides his time between Toronto and Indiana, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE CO-DRIVER: Longtime co-driver Marc Goldfarb is a regular teammate to ACP. Goldfarb began rallying in 1979 and co-drove the first Subaru actively sponsored in the national pro-rally circuit. His co-driving course curriculum is taught at the internationally renowned Team O’Neil rally school. Goldfarb resides with his family in Atkinson, NH, where he works as an engineer.

THANKS TO: Slowboy Racing (www.slowboyracing.com), Yokohama Canada (www.yokohama.ca), First Commonwealth Bank (www.fcbanking.com), K&N Filters (http://www.knfilters.com), Motul USA (www.motulusa.com), Kinetic Motorsport (www.kineticmotorsport.com), Engine Pro (www.enginepro.com), Innovate Motorsports (www.tuneyourengine.com), Pagid North America (www.pagidusa.com), Vibrant Performance (www.vibrantperformance.com), Sparco (www.sparcousa.com), Piloti (www.piloti.com), and FixAuto Blainville and the Losier family.

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