With the sixth and final round of the Canadian Rally Championship being held this weekend in Bancroft, Ontario, Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, in their 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, are one step closer to becoming national champions. If this happens, it will be a first for Mitsubishi in Canada.

Eight additional teams, all steering Mitsubishi Lancer models, have entered into this unpredictable event where weather often determines the outcome. Among the open class favorites are Andrew Comrie-Picard and Jeremy Wimpey in a second Evolution; Simon Losier and Francois Morin driving a Synchro Racing Evolution VIII RS and Maxime Losier and Philippe Poirier, also in a Synchro Racing Evolution VIII RS.

Zebe Szewczyk and Tomasz Karzynski, out of Calgary, could campaign their Group 5 Ralliart to another class victory and series championship. Meanwhile, Jan and Jody Zedril from Winnipeg have locked the Group 2 title and could become the best two-wheel drive team in the country in their Lancer ES. Michelle Laframboise – the only female driver entered at Tall Pines – and Erik Lee have entered in their Evolution IV; while Philip Deans and Carmel Burke along with rookies Jeffrey and Emily Dowell in their Production Sport Lancers.

“Our teams have worked very hard all season long and we appreciate and support their efforts,” said Kogi Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. “Mitsubishi is close to earning its first national championship and this is very good news for our future in rally sports in Canada and for the Mitsubishi brand.”


Rally of the Tall Pines: profile
The final round of the season, the famous Rally of the Tall Pines, will be held in Bancroft, Ontario November 19 – 21. Road conditions at Tall Pines have always made for an exciting and unpredictable event. Car preparation, route and tire choice all play a key role. This weekend 54 teams will take to the road for a total of 500 kilometres with 190 of them in sheer speed. More information is available at

Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard could become the Canadian rally champions in their Lancer Evolution. Jan and Jody Zedril are the new Canadian Group 2 champions.

Pictures : Philip Ericksen



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