Round Three: Canadian Rally Championship
Antoine L’Estage won the third round of the Canadian Rally Championship (CRC), Rallye Défi, behind the wheel of his Mitsubishi Evolution. With co-driver Karl Atkinson, the pair took 16 of 23 stages, set new records and reached a key milestone during the weekend event in Quebec’s Laurentian Region.
For L’Estage the win was his seventh at Défi, but also the 40th of his spectacular career. For Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, the Mississauga-based automaker became the winningest company at Défi with six wins. L’Estage leads the North American Championship and now lies second in the Canadian standings.
“Rallye Défi is my home event,” said L’Estage, “and setting new records for me and Mitsubishi was very gratifying. The Mitsubishi Evolution performed flawlessly – we took an early lead and never looked back. Our goal this season is to regain the lead in the standings and win another championship.”
Mitsubishi teams fared well at Defi with four cars in the top eight standings. Beside L’Estage and Atkinson, Simon Losier and Brian Maxwell took fourth place in their Synchro Racing EVO VIII, after a steady fight Saturday for a place on the podium. Returning Production champion Jean-Sébastien Besner and co-driver Yvan Joyal earned seventh place after suffering a flat tire late Friday night. Finally, Martin and Patrick Losier took eighth place in their EVO V, their best outing this year.
With their best result in a national event, 11th overall, Jeffrey and Emily Dowell were the first 2-wheel drive car to reach the finish. With three more fall events, the father and daughter team are aiming for the Canadian Production class title in their entry-level Mitsubishi Lancer.
The next rounds of the CRC will take the drivers west to British Columbia for a double header within a month starting with the Pacific Forest Rally held at Merritt in the first weekend of October. Teams will stay idle for a few weeks before they meet again in Invermere for a new version of the Rocky Mountain Rally on November 1-2.
source: Service Presse , poleposition.ca