The second round of the Canadian Rally Championship will be held this Friday in Alberta with the 38th running of the Rocky Mountain Rally. The event will now run on a single day near Calgary around the Kananaskis Country, a first for this event that used to head south over the last twenty years. This year’s event sees six Mitsubishi cars composing the Brigade that will seek overall victory and two other class wins. North American Triple Crown champions and victors in 2010, Antoine L’Estage from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and codriver Nathalie Richard from Halifax will lead the 28-car field in their Mitsubishi Evolution and vie for their second victory this season after an outright win in February at Rallye Perce-Neige. L’Estage and Richard are also entered in the Rally America series where they are presently tied for third place after four rounds.

Two teams entered in class 5 will have a shootout in their respective Mitsubishi product. Calgary’s own Zbigniew Szewczyk and Tomasz Karzynski in a Ralliart model will face returning 2WD champions Jan and Jody Zedril of Winnipeg in a Lancer ES. Both have won this class in past editions.

Two open class Clear Water Design teams will take to the new stages around Kananaskis: Ian Crerar and Doug Draper from Ontario aim a Top five finish in their EVO VI while the only lady crew at national level Michelle Labramboise and Elise Racette has a Top Ten in sight with their EVO IV. Finally, RMR will be the maiden competition for Albertan rookies Jeff and Emma Tooth in a production Lancer.

“We hope the Mitsubishi teams will continue their winning streak and lead their respective classes in the championship,” said Koji Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc.(MMSCAN). “The number of class victories and championships in the last years is a statement about the reliability of our products and the competitiveness of our teams. The event moves to the Kananaskis Country and we will follow the Rocky Mountain with interest. ”

Rocky Mountain Rally profile

Second event of the season, Rocky Mountain Rally, will head out of Calgary early on Friday, May 27. Thursday will be spent for recce for all teams: each stage will be traveled twice at low speed and codrivers will amass notes on each curve and danger in these speed sections. Rocky Mountain Rally has a reputation for unpredictable road conditions, from thick dust to heavy snow. The Kananaskis new route will total 395 kilometres with 187 of them featured in special stages.

More information is available at www.rockymountainrally.com

Jan and Jody Zedril will try to repeat their 2WD class victory in their Lancer ES. Photo by Philip Ericksen

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