Posted on 07. Feb, 2010 by in Canadian Rally Champs, CRC 2010, Event Coverage, Perce Neige 2010

Icy conditions and mechanical issues took their toll on the field of entrants at the 2010 Rallye Perce Neige on Saturday, round one of the 2010 Canadian Rally Championship. A calculated drive without any mistakes was the key to success for Bruno Carré and co-driver Yvan Joyal and they landed their first major event win. “You couldn’t push too hard because you would get caught somewhere” said a happy Carré at the finish, “The snowbanks were very small and you couldn’t lean on them.” Without special tractionized ice tires, Mathieu L’Estage and Yanick Napert (Iberville, Quebec) were hoping just to stay on the road. The cautious approach and skilful drive landed them second place, the highest overall finish of their career. “I think Bruno and I are the two guys who never went off the road today, so that was the key to doing well here,” said L’Estage, “It’s a good start for the season, so now we’ll try and get the car ready for Rocky Mountain Rally.” Craig Henderson and Co-Driver Lyne Murphy of New Richmond, Quebec had resigned themselves to a mid-pack finish after getting stuck in a snowbank, then stopping to help tow Antoine L’Estage out of a similar predicament later in the day. The good karma must have paid off, because the duo found themselves in third place at the finish. “We were second overall after the first four stages, “ said a surprised Henderson, “And after losing all that time I didn’t look at the results all day. I figured I was in twelfth or fifteenth, but I got here to the finish and they told me I was third!” Defending champions, Patrick Richard and Co-Driver, Alan Ockwell of the Subaru Rally Team Canada posted a string of stage wins before retiring from the rally early with a mechanical problem. Their main rivals, Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard of Ste-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec looked set to pick up maximum points until they suffered a series of setbacks. A two-minute lead was dashed when they spun into a snowbank on the treacherous Kitigan Zibi stage, and then mechanical problems and a small fire thwarted their comeback fight on the penultimate stage. They finished out of the points in sixteenth position. The teams of Andrew Comrie-Picard and Leo Urlichich were also victims of the unpredictable conditions. Urlichich and Co-Driver Martin Headland went off the road while leading the rally, lightly damaging their car. With Urlichich and other competition by the wayside, Comrie-Picard and Jeremy Wimpey were driving flat out to try and reel in Bruno Carré for the win, but they too slid off on the final stage. Both teams were able to finish the rally, but well down the order. An impressive drive in a two-wheel drive car, Jon Nichols and Carl Shenk beat a lot of high-powered all wheel drive cars to a sixth place finish. The series veterans hadn’t competed in a two-wheel drive car since 2006, but drove hard to make up for the lack of traction. With most of the top teams committed to the full season effectively taking a mulligan at this first event, the championship battle will resume at the Rocky Mountain Rally near Calgary, Alberta in May.

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  1. Kris

    07. Feb, 2010

    Great follow up. New site looks great too..

  2. wallbanger

    07. Feb, 2010

    wow, im shocked…. awesome to see someone new kick ass at PN

  3. Max

    12. Feb, 2010

    It was my first time going to see PN, and I wasn’t dissapointed at all. Get out there! Just staying on the road was a challenge, nevermind going fast lol

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