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Nov 25

Subaru team takes 2008 Canadian Driver’s and Manufacturer’s Championships

They dominated the Rally of the Tall Pines, held in Bancroft, Ontario
    
Patrick Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell overcame treacherous road conditions and high attrition in the final round of the 2008 Canadian Rally Championship saw the Subaru Rally Team Canada duo take their fourth win of the year.

The result means that Richard wins the Canadian Driver’s Championship with a total of 116 points, 52 points ahead of second-place finisher Antoine L’Estage. It also gave Subaru a commanding win in the Manufacturer’s Championship with a total of 107 points, 35 ahead of second place Mitsubishi.

“Winning Tall Pines and beating the likes of top competitors like Ken Block and Antoine L’Estage is a fantastic way to cap off an outstanding season for the team,” said Richard.

“The car ran perfectly today, and despite the difficult conditions we set the fastest times with no mechanical problems whatsoever!”

In fact, it was a great event all-around for Subaru; seven of the top ten finishers at Tall Pines were in Subaru vehicles, and Subaru drivers claimed first, third and fourth places in the overall championship.

The husband and wife team of Ted and Lise Mendham finished 11th overall and first in the P4 class, winning the Canadian Championship for Subaru in that class.
    
“These rally results are the ultimate proof that Subaru vehicles have an exceptional balance of power and safety that provides driving confidence under all conditions,” said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president and CEO of Subaru Canada,Inc.

“Congratulations to Pat, Alan, and all the Subaru drivers for an outstanding season and for proving beyond a doubt that Subaru makes it possible to have fun and stay in control at all times.”

The Canadian Rally Championship is comprised of six events held nationwide in a season that extends from February to November.

The series is presented by Subaru Canada, supported by Yokohama Tire Canada and features contingency programs from Subaru Canada and Mitsubishi Canada. The Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS) is the official sanctioning body for rallying in Canada.

Events in the 2008 Canadian Association of Rallysport National Championship Series presented by Subaru will be showcased weekly in a separate half hour program that finishes up in January with a special 2008 Year in Review show.

Times below are Eastern Standard Time – check local listings:

Rocky Mountain Rally, Calgary – Saturday, November 29 – 4:30 p.m.

Baie des Chaleurs, Quebec – Sunday, November 30 – 2:30 p.m.

Rallye Defi, Ste. Agathe, Quebec – Sunday, December 7 – 3:30 p.m.

Pacific Forest Rally, Merrit, B.C. – Sunday, December 14 – 2:30 p.m.

Rally of the Tall Pines, Ontario – Sunday, December 28 – 2:30 p.m.

2008 Year In Review – 2009 – Sunday, January 4, 2009 – 2:30 p.m.
    
source: press release