The Canadian Rally Championship is moving to the Gaspe Peninsula for the 33rd Edition of the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs this coming weekend and Mitsubishi will have eight rally crews entered.

Looking for a second victory this season and presently second in the series standings, Antoine L’Estage and codriver Nathalie Richard from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, will be first on the road Friday evening in their 2009 Lancer Evolution. Simon Losier teamed with Francois Morin in a Synchro Racing EVO VIII will start fourth and Mathieu L’Estage with Yanick Napert will take to the roads from ninth place in a very impressive 45-car starting grid. Antoine and Nathalie, winners of the Rocky Mountain in May, Mathieu and Yanick, second in the first round in February are leading the standings for the Mitsubishi Cup.

Supporting the three Quebec tenors that will vie for a podium finish are Jan and Jody Zedril from Winnipeg who will try to increase their lead in the Group 2 category with their reliable production Lancer. The Zedril brothers are returning double national champions in two-wheel drive class.

Also entered are two more crews form Synchro Racing in different EVO prepared Lancers. Martin and Patrick Losier will start from 13th place while Maxime Losier and Philippe Poirier will head out from 21st. Ontarians Ian Crerar partnered with Doug Draper will steer his EVO VI from 16th place. Finally, rookies Grant Riddel and Sebastian Fudalej will debute their 2003 Production Lancer from 44th place.

“Our teams are on a winning streak and we hope their hard work will be rewarded again in this very difficult event”, said Koji Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “We have two teams among the top three in the country and this round could be a turning point in the season.”

Event profile: Baie des Chaleurs Rally

The 33rd edition of the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs will head to the forest roads from the New-Richmond sport complex on Friday night. Thousands of spectators and fans will line up for two days to see the competition. After a few speed tests on Friday night, cars will spend the night in New-Richmond and the event will resume Saturday morning at 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM for the podium ceremony. Of the 400 kilometre total distance, more than 190 will be speed stages. For more information, please visit the event web site at www.rallyebdc.com.

Antoine L’Estage and codriver Nathalie Richard in their 2009 Evolution were perfect in horrible road conditions to clinch outright victory at the Rocky Mountain Rally in May. Jan and Jody Zedril earned yet another 2WD class win in their Lancer ES.

Pictures by Barry Gilles

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