L’Estage wins PFR, leads championship

Posted on 02. Oct, 2010 by in CRC 2010, Event Coverage, Pacific Forest Rally 2010, Rally News

Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard drove to a decisive win at the Pacific Forest Rally in Merritt, BC. Having lead from the start, the team finished more than a minute ahead of the competition, also taking a lead in the Canadian Rally Championship with just one event left on the calendar. "This was a very important win, to give us the lead in the championship," said L'Estage following the event. "Counting Rally America, we've won five of the last six rallies." For second place finishers Pat Richard and Alan Ockwell, the event was full of small issues. Electrical problems dogged the pair the first day, while transmission problems struck midway through Saturday. A gearbox swap in service and the team was back on track to charge through the Helmer stage until clipping a cow and then suffering a flat tire. "The good thing is that Subaru is leading the manufacturer's championship, which was my main goal here today," said Richard. Third place went to Leo Urlichich and Chrissie Beavis. The two seemed to experience all of their issues in the final two stages. A sticking throttle resulted in failing brakes. A flat tire, typically remedied by locking the diffs, cost time and wore out the diffs after the control switch broke in the cabin. Still, the drive to that point had opened a large window, and the lost time was not enough to cost a position. "I didn't want to make it too easy," laughed Leo. "I was also having to clutch every shift because with the throttle problems, I couldn't have the control to shift the dogbox properly." Fourth and fifth went to Scott Trinder and Hardy Schmidtke respectively. Sixth went to a disappointed Craig Henderson. "On the last stage we lost our power steering," said Henderson, who suffered a number of issues through the rally. He was the only Swap Shop driver to finish the rally, after both Bruno Carre and Marc Bourassa had their share of problems. The Zedrils took the early lead in two wheel drive, and by rolling through the ceremonial start, secured the two wheel drive championship. "We did what we set out to do," said co-driver Jody Zedril. "We think we've also made sure that Mitsubishi has secured the manufacturer's title for two wheel drive." The team has also won the PIAA Eco Challenge, where teams are scored based not only on performance, but also fuel economy. The regional event was won by Scott Trinder, with Schmidtke taking second place and novice driver JC Bourgeois finishing third in just his second rally. The next stop on the Canadian Rally Championship, and the final round of the 2010 series, is the Rally of the Tall Pines, in Bancroft Ontario.

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3 Responses to “L’Estage wins PFR, leads championship”

  1. Limon Can

    03. Oct, 2010

    Sounds like this is not a finale between Subaru and Mitsubishi, just the beginning. That Legacy give a good hope!

    Keep up the good work RR team! You guys do a good job by servicing that many cars; “WOW!” to transmission in 14 min!..

  2. Guy

    03. Oct, 2010

    Alan O. is not only a hero, but a photographer as well!

  3. Danielle

    04. Oct, 2010

    hahahahahaha guy

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