SUBARU'S RICHARD SECOND IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN RALLY

Subaru entries claim seven spots in the top ten.

CALGARY, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The second rally of the 2011 season was a battle to the finish for Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Patrick Richard and new co-driver Leanne Junnila. The Rocky Mountain Rally, held near Calgary, Alberta, was only the second Canadian Rally Championship event Richard and Junnila have ever competed in together yet the duo managed to lead the rally for most of the day. Ultimately, Richard relinquished first place to rival Antoine L'Estage when Richard hydroplaned at a water splash, resulting in a second-place finish mere seconds away from the win.

"New co-driver Leanne Junilla did a fantastic job," said Richard. "She didn't make a single mistake all weekend. Between the work that she did and the work that the crews have done, we were able to be very competitive. It's going to be a tight season. I think this is the closest finish we've ever had and there's nothing much between the top two guys. It's going to be a fantastic season."

Heavy overnight snowfall on the stages made for very difficult conditions; however, this challenging climate didn't stop Subaru teams from dominating the field, claiming seven of the top ten spots.

The next round of the Canadian Rally Championship is the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs, taking place from July 1-2, in New Richmond, Quebec.

Image with caption: "Unexpected snowfall at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Rally (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110530_C8660_PHOTO_EN_01.jpg

Image with caption: "2011 Rocky Mountain Rally (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110530_C8660_PHOTO_EN_02.jpg

Image with caption: "At the podium, Patrick Richard and Leanne Junnila finishes second place. (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110530_C8660_PHOTO_EN_03.jpg

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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Joe Felstein (905) 568-4959


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