Sprongls to drive for Subaru Rally Team Canada at Tall Pines

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by in Tall Pines 2009

We can finally confirm the rumours that have been floating around this past week - Frank and Dan Sprongl will reunite to compete in a second factory-backed Subaru Rally Team Canada Impreza STI for the Rally of the Tall Pines in Bancroft, this coming weekend.
Subaru Canada has enlisted the six time Canadian and four time North American rally champions to help secure the manufacturers title for the 2009 Canadian Rally Championship. One Subaru needs to finish in the top three to secure the title for the brand.

“The manufacturers title is our number one priority,” said Pat Richard. “We have to approach this just like any other rally, and win again. Having Frank and Dan in the second car will force everyone to drive flat out."

A second Subaru factory car will also put added pressure on Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard in their battle for the 2009 Canadian Rally Championship battle

The team presently has a lead over Pat Richard and Alan Ockwell of Subaru Rally Team Canada, and L'Estage can secure the title with a second place finish at Tall Pines, even if Pat Richard wins the event. However, should the Sprongls finish second behind Pat Richard, with L'Estage finishing third, Richard and Ockwell will win the driver's title.

"Yes, this could make things tougher for me," said L'Estage. "But I know we can win and I really like that rally, we've won it three times, so we will go flat out and beat them."

The Sprongls will be driving the Subaru Canada Targa Newfoundland Impreza STI, rebuilt in full gravel spec over the last week at Rocket Rally in Squamish, B.C.

Frank and Dan flew to B.C. this weekend to test the car. It was the first time for the pair to drive together since their crash at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in 2006. Dan has co-driven one event last season, for Peter Kocandrle. This will be his first time back in an open class car.

"Dan is jumping in with both feet," said Frank Sprongl. "We haven't been in a car together since the crash."

The deal between SRTC and the Sprongls is currently only for the Rally of the Tall Pines.


18 Responses to “Sprongls to drive for Subaru Rally Team Canada at Tall Pines”

  1. Andrew Tilston

    16. Nov, 2009

    AWESOME! Good luck Pat, Frank, and Antoine!!!

  2. Shawn Bishop

    16. Nov, 2009

    This will be an epic battle for the Canadian Rally Championship – I’ll be watching closely on FOC and twitter for updates 🙂

  3. Warren Currie

    16. Nov, 2009

    Oh Snap – it’s on like donkey kong!

  4. Blake

    16. Nov, 2009

    so glad i’m going to be there

  5. Ferdinand

    17. Nov, 2009

    Also best of luck to Alan, Dan, and Nathalie!
    It’s great to see Dan saddle up again.

  6. BAMBO

    20. Nov, 2009

    This will be the first time in 5 years that I’ve missed Tall Pines ….. DAMN!
    Good Luck to both Frank and Dan!
    And well … Antoine, hope you like eatting dirt!!! hahahaha

  7. Yessir

    20. Nov, 2009

    Sounds like Subaru entered another “sure thing” to make sure there are 2 spots in finishing position between Pat and Antoine! Anybody want to bet that if Sprongl has the lead in the last few stages, that miraculously he slows enough for Pat to pull ahead?

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