First Ever National Rally Victory for Subaru Crosstrek

  • Six Subaru vehicles finish in the top ten to help extend Subaru's lead in the Manufacturer's Championship
  • Subaru Crosstrek claims first ever Canadian Rally Championsip (CRC) victory in the final stage

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce a first ever CRC victory for the Subaru Crosstrek, driven by privateer Brandon Semenuk, along with co-driver John Hall at the Rocky Mountain Rally in Invermere, BC. The pair held steady in second place for most of the stages, but were able to pull ahead in the final stage for a convincing victory, besting the second place team by nearly seven minutes. This is a first ever national rally win for privateer Brandon, and for his 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, which proved to be a formidable competitor on its platform developed by Rocket Rally.

The winning Crosstrek was in good company, with a total of six Subaru vehicles placing in the top ten. This helped extend Subaru's lead in the bid for a record-setting 13th Manufacturer's title.

Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) driver Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Alan Ockwell started out strong, making quick work of the rough terrain to lead the pack until the last stage of a very competitive race.  With the Crosstrek hot on their heels the team continued to push hard in the final stage to try to extend their lead and guarantee the win. The close timing of the lead vehicles led to a dramatic final stage, bringing out the competitive spirit of the contenders. Unfortunately, a field repair done in a previous stage did not hold and suspension issues took the team out of the race just eight kilometres from the finish line. With the season just underway, the team is looking to bounce back and take advantage of the points still up for grabs as they aim for top spot in the Driver's Championship and a repeat victory for L'Estage.

Up next the circuit moves to New Richmond, QC for the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs June 30-July 2, where SRTC will be looking to gain precious points in the bid for a 13th Manufacturer's Title.








Subaru Crosstrek 2016

4wheel Open

Brandon Semenuk
John Hall



2003 Mitsubishi Evolution 8 FB

4wheel Open

Wim Van der Poel

Bryan Lord



2004 Subaru STI

4wheel Prod

Nicholas Spencer

Peter Brook



1989 Merkur Xrt4i

2wheel Open

Dave Clark

Jamie Willetts



1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS

4wheel Prod

Eric Grochowski

Leanne Junnila



2003 Subaru Impreza WRX

4wheel Prod

Eric Pahota

Jennifer Daly



1968 Porsche 911

2wheel Open

Graham Bruce

Patrick Levesque



2004 Subaru Impreza WRX

4wheel Prod

Brandon Liang

Michael Szewczyk



2000 Ford Focus

2wheel Open

Adam Jones

Chawna Imber



2006 Subaru WRX STI

4wheel Open

Krystian Ostrowski

Chris Galecki


About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 92 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit or or follow @SubaruCanada on Twitter.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

For further information: Julie Lychak, (905) 568-4959,; Naomi Kislanski, (905) 568-4959,; Sebastien Lajoie, Media Relations, Quebec Region, (514) 336-0600,


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