Two podium positions for Subaru at Rallye Defi Ste-Agathe

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Subaru is still well-positioned to fight for the Manufacturer's Championship following Rallye Defi held in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, Saint-Donat, Montcalm, Saint-Sixte, Ripon and Montpellier, Quebec, on September 9-10. Two Subaru teams reached the podium and seven Subaru entrants finished in the top ten. Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Leanne Junnila battled for first place and were leading the event overall in terms of stage times; however, the duo found themselves penalized with exclusion in an unfortunate turn of events at the end of the first day.

Finishing in second place were Leo Urlichich and Martin Brady in a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, while Craig Henderson and Lyne Murphy claimed third in their 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

"It's unfortunate for us in our championship hopes," said Richard. "But Subaru is still well-positioned to fight for the Manufacturer's Championship in 2011. We know our recent performance enhancements to the car will make it very competitive at the next events of the championship, which we're looking forward to, and we'll hopefully come away from those events with a win."

The penultimate event in the Canadian Rally Championship is the Pacific Forest Rally, which will run September 30 to October 1, near Merritt, British Columbia.

Image with caption: "Driver Leo Urlichich and co-driver Martin Brady finished second overall in their 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110912_C2428_PHOTO_EN_3067.jpg

Image with caption: "Driver Craig Henderson and co-driver Lyne Murphy finished third overall in their 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110912_C2428_PHOTO_EN_3065.jpg

Image with caption: "Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Leanne Junnila were impressed by the raw performance of their 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI at Rallye Defi. (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110912_C2428_PHOTO_EN_3069.jpg

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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