L’Estage takes lead at PFR

Posted on 02. Oct, 2010 by in Canadian Rally Champs, Event Coverage, Pacific Forest Rally 2010

Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard have taken the early lead at the 2010 Pacific Forest Rally. With an 18.5 second lead over their closest rivals, the two are starting first on the road tomorrow, something that could prove critical if dust continues to hang in the air. Pat Richard and Alan Ockwell are second place, after electrical gremlins caused repeated issues, initially shutting down the car, and later cutting all lights, a devastating issue in the dark night stages. "More of a difference than I wanted going into tomorrow, but it's ok." With two reseeds slated for tomorrow, there is still an opportunity to make up time and regain road position. Leo Urlichich and Chrissie Beavis sit in a comfortable third, but that's not slowing Leo much. "I am still going to push really hard tomorrow, you know, for fun," said Urlichich. Bruno Carre had mechanical problems and retired on the final stage of the night,  ending his rally early. The rest of the Swap Shop team have also been suffering. "Power is really down, I don't have the right tune for the altitude," said Craig Henderson. "We have less power than even a stock WRX right now. The guys will try to fix it tonight." Marc Bourassa has also had issues, his co-driver feeling ill right from the start of the rally, and a broken half shaft on the second stage forcing the pair to limp through to service. Onur Tezcan and Aaron Neumann are competing in their first national event together. Successful in regional events, it appears the pair are working well together here, including a fourth fastest stage time. "I'm just stoked to be out here and be able to set even close times to these good guys. I still have room to go faster," said Tezcan. In two wheel drive, the Zedrils are leading even after a close call early in the event caused the team to slow down a little. Rivals Zebe Szewczyk and Tomasz Karzynski lost minutes after bending a control arm near the start of the Princeton Cutoff stage, dropping well back. Dust could play a role in how things shape out tomorrow. Initially, organizers will run the standard one minute intervals for the entire field. As usual, the top five cars will get an extra minute, and should dust become a problem, organizers will move to two minute windows. Stay tuned for all the action from the second day of the Pacific Forest Rally, in Merritt, BC.

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2 Responses to “L’Estage takes lead at PFR”

  1. Ryan Turner

    02. Oct, 2010

    Thanks for following the rally and giving us this awesome coverage. Much appreciated!!

    Death Or Glory Racing – Representing the Fraser Valley B.C.

  2. Bill W

    07. Oct, 2010

    Great coverage, many thanks!!

    Fabulous pictures!!

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