MANIWAKI, QC, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Subaru teams dominated the field at the
opening event of the 2011 Canadian Rally Championship, taking nine of
the ten top places in the grueling Rallye Perce Neige near Maniwaki,
Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Patrick Richard and stand in co-driver
Leanne Junnila went on the attack from the beginning, setting a
blistering pace. In spite of an early one-minute penalty, after eight
stages less than a minute separated Richard from rival Antoine
L'Estage. Unfortunately, a broken wheel cost Richard seven minutes, and
despite an aggressive charge in the final stages he was forced to
settle for fourth position while L'Estage claimed the win.
"Naturally it's disappointing to have won so many stages and fall short
of the victory, but Subaru as a manufacturer dominated this tough event
and it feels great to be part of that," said Richard. "We're in good
shape as we look forward to the rest of the season, and we're ready to
put up a fight for each and every event."
The top ten finishers were:
Antoine L'Estage - Nathalie Richard - two hours, 22 minutes, 33.6
Bruno Carre - Yvan Joyal - 2:28:35.9
Ugo Desgreniers - Erik Kirby - 2:29:04.3
Pat Richard - Leanne Junnila - 2:29:51.1
Craig Henderson - Peter Watt - 2:30:07.8
Mathieu Dube - Eric Losier - 2:34:05.5
Marc Bourassa - Daniel Paquette - 2:34:59.2
Nicola Narini - Massimo Narini - 2:38:48.6
L. Maxime Rochefort - Jerome Milette - 2:38:54.4
Sylvain Vincent - Simon Vincent - 2:40:22.2
The 2011 season continues May 26-27, at the Rocky Mountain Rally,
headquartered in Calgary.
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