First round of the 2010 Canadian Rally Championship

Mathieu L’Estage and co-driver Yanick Napert in their Mitsubishi Evolution V had their best
outing ever in the Canadian Rally Championship with a superb second
place overall finish in the Rallye Perce-Neige held last weekend in
Maniwaki, Quebec. Road conditions were exceptionally slippery,
causing up to 19 retirements, and slowing several of the 55 entries.
Good performances in class include second place in Production Sport
for Ontarians Jeffrey Dowell and Yavor Klostranec debuting a new
Lancer and returning 2WD champions Jan and Jody Zedril from
Winnipeg taking third place in category. Outright overall winners were
Bruno Carre and Yvon Joyal in a Subaru STi, a first career victory for
them.
Some Mitsubishi teams ran into a string of problems and were not able
to capitalise on points. Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard in their
Lancer Evolution were leading the event when they slipped off the road
and finished 16th. The same result happened to the North American
champion Andrew Comrie-Picard with Jeremy Wimpey who ended up
12th after attempting to take the lead following L’Estage’s exit. Simon
Losier and Francois Morin steering their Evolution 8 took 11th.
“Hopes were high for our teams as the 2010 season was launched.”
said Koji Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada
Inc.(MMSCAN). “We congratulate the teams who did well and we feel
confident our Mitsubishi brigade will bounce back during the next
round.”
Rocky Mountain Rally in May
The next event of the season, Rocky Mountain Rally, will be held out of
Calgary on May 27 – 29. Competitors will take to the roads in the
Porcupine Hills at the foot of the Rockies. Rocky Mountain Rally has
had a reputation for unpredictable road conditions since it was first run
in the early seventies. Competitors can expect anything from thick fog
to dusty roads or heavy snow.
More information is available at www.rockymountainrally.com

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Canadian Rally Championship
2010 Calendar
Event
Location
RALLYE PERCE-NEIGE
Maniwaki, Quebec,
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RALLY
Calgary, Alberta,
RALLYE BAIE DES CHALEURS
New Richmond, Quebec,
10-11 September
RALLYE DEFI
Ste-Agathe, Montpellier, Quebec,
PACIFIC FOREST RALLY
Merritt, British Columbia,
19-20 November
RALLY OF THE TALL PINES
Bancroft, Ontario,

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