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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