Subaru Sweeps the Podium at Rally of the Tall Pines

Subaru entrants claim top five spots in the final rally of the season

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Subaru teams dominated the field, leaving no room on the podium after claiming first, second and third place in the final event of the 2011 Canadian Rally Championship season. In total, Subaru entrants claimed seven spots in the top ten at the Rally of the Tall Pines, held November 25 and 26 in Bancroft, Ontario.

After establishing a lead in the event over Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew, Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and returning co-driver Alan Ockwell set a stable pace for the duration of the event. Ultimately, a flat tire cost the pair three crucial minutes, propelling driver Crazy Leo Urlichich and co-driver Martin Brady into first place in their 2007 Subaru WRX STI. Determined to take the lead once again, Richard and Ockwell battled their way back until they were forced to retire due to mechanical difficulties after a jump, leaving second place to Higgins and Drew as Urlichich claimed his first ever national victory. It was also a full sweep of the podium by Subaru, thanks to third-place finishers Bruno Carre and Yvan Joyal, but not quite enough for ultimate victory as Subaru missed the manufacturer's title by just one point.

"We're very excited about the potential for winning the championship again in 2012, which would make it my fifth Canadian Rally Championship driver's title and Subaru's eleventh manufacturer's title," said Richard. "We look forward to being back again in full force."

The Canadian Rally Championship returns in February, 2012, with the Rallye Perce Neige near Maniwaki, Quebec.

Image with caption: "The sixth and final round of the Canadian Rally Championship, the Rally of the Tall Pines, was held November 25-26 in Bancroft, ON. (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111128_C2018_PHOTO_EN_7418.jpg

Image with caption: "The sixth and final round of the Canadian Rally Championship, the Rally of the Tall Pines, was held November 25-26 in Bancroft, ON. (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111128_C2018_PHOTO_EN_7420.jpg

Image with caption: "The sixth and final round of the Canadian Rally Championship, the Rally of the Tall Pines, was held November 25-26 in Bancroft, ON. (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111128_C2018_PHOTO_EN_7422.jpg

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak

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Amyot Bachand
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