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Jul 16

Simon Vincent and Hubert Gaudreau dominate the revived Rally of the Voyageurs!

Presented in the Catchacoma region of Ontario

ECRC-CREC logoThis past Saturday, Quebec Driver Simon Vincent and his co-driver Hubert Gaudreau (in a Subaru SWRX STI) won the fifth of nine rounds in the 2017 Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC).

Presented in the Catchacoma region of Ontario, the event was given the name Rally of the Voyageurs; a rebirth of what was once one of the more popular events in the world of Canadian performance rallies.

Contested over eight stages, totalling under a hundred kilometers of competitive stages, the Rally of the Voyageurs is the shortest in the ECRC calendar but everything went perfectly to celebrate this 2017 edition in the best of ways, including Mother Nature with her warmth and sunny skies, as well as the fast and smooth roads.

Quebeckers Simon Vincent and Hubert Gaudreau lead from beginning to end.  Victors on six of the eight stages, they however did not gain a cushion of more than thirty seconds over their closest competitors.  « I worked really hard ! » exclaimed Simon at the finish, « I fully attacked on the first few stages so that we could try to get a good lead. But the stages were shorts and it was impossible to establish much of a gap, not to mention that the guys behind me were pushing hard, too » he added.

The fight for second place was indeed intense between former Canadian champions Peter Thomson/Frank Sprongl (the latter was co-driving for Thomson in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) and Martin Donnelly/Alan Ockwell (Subaru WRX STI). Thomson/Sprongl claimed fastest time on two of the special stages and eventually finished in second place (twenty-five seconds behind the winners), but the spread between the two battling Ontario teams never exceeded fifteen seconds.  In the end, only eleven seconds separated second and third place.

Nicolas Laverdière and Jean-Mathieu Tremblay (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XIII) rounded out the Top 4.  Despite a spin, they maintained fourth place overall throughout the duration of the event, and also won 4-wheel drive Production Class.

Americans Dmitri Kishkarev/Ryan Dunham (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XIII) and Ontarians Matthew Ballinger/Bruce Leonard (Subaru WRX STI) completed the first six, just ahead of the two-wheel drive winners Gary Sutherland and Kylee Davis, who had a perfect rally in their Ford Focus ZX3.

In the overall classification, Sutherland/Davis finished ahead of rookies Aymeric Levasseur and Sam Roxon (Subaru WRX STI) of Ontario, while the two-wheel drive class podium was completed by Zoltan Kovacs/Jonathan Desgroseillers (Mitsubishi Lancer) and Mathieu Ayotte/Thomas McCabe (Volkswagen Golf GTI). Two-wheel drive Production Class victory went to Scott Comens and Jeff Hagan (Plymouth Neon).

Fourteen teams contested this new version of the Rally of the Voyageurs, a rally in which all competitors were able to experience an excellent calibre of organization. For Simon Vincent and Hubert Gaudreau, it was a second win of three events this season. Will their domination continue through to the next rally?  We’ll know on August 12th, when the sixth round of the 2017 season, the Black Bear Rally, takes place in Gilmour, Ontario.

The Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC) is comprised of nine events, all at the regional level, spread out between Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes.

 

ECRC Calendar

Date Event City (Province) / Club 2017 Winners
February 4 Rallye Perce-Neige

www.rallyeperceneige.com

Maniwaki (Québec)

Club Rallye Perce-Neige

Overall = Leo Urlichich & Alex Kuhirani

2WD = Patrick Marcoux & Chantal Villeneuve

May 6 Lanark Highlands Forest Rally

www.lhfr.ca

McDonalds Corners (Ontario)

Motor Sport Club of Ottawa

Overalll = Simon Vincent & Martin Cadieux

2WD = Zoltan Kovacs & Jonathan Desgroseillers

July 1 & 2 Rallye Baie-des-Chaleurs

www.rallyebdc.com

New-Richmond (Québec)

Club Rallye Auto  Baie-des-Chaleurs

Overall = Jean-Sébastien Besner & Yvan Joyal

2WD = Mathieu Leblanc & A.S. L’Italien-Leblanc

July 15 Rally of the Voyageurs

http://pmscrally.com/gcfr/

Catchacoma (Ontario)

Peterborough Motor Sports Club

Overall = Simon Vincent & Martin Cadieux

2WD = Gary Sutherland & Kylee Davis

August 12 Black Bear Rally

http://www.mlrc.ca/blackbear/

Gilmour (Ontario)

Maple Leaf Rally Club

August 19 Ledwidge Lookoff Rally

http://www.lookoffrally.com

Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)

Bluenose Autosport Club

September 8 & 9 Rallye Défi

www.rallyedefi.com

Montpellier (Québec)

Club Autos Sport Défi

October 20 & 21 Rallye Charlevoix

http://www.rallyecharlevoix.com

Clermont (Québec)

Club Rallye de Charlevoix

November 25 Tall Pines Rally

www.tallpinesrally.com

Bancroft (Ontario)

Maple Leaf Rally Club

source: ecrc-crec.ca 

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