Hyundai's Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard earned their second win of the season at the Pacific Forest Rally, while Subaru Rally Team Canada has secured the championship title.
"We're very happy to have won, and this puts us in a good spot for the North American Rally Cup," said L'Estage. "We had some problems at this event, but thanks to our crew and sponsors, we were able to win again here."
L'Estage and Richard, the defending champions, have suffered from reliability problems this year in their Hyundai Tiburon, preventing this normally dominant team from enjoying the success they have had in the past.
After overcoming their own challenges this weekend, Subaru Rally Team Canada's Pat Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell charged back from last to finish in third-place overall in their new Subaru WRX STi. The result makes it mathematically impossible for any other team to catch them for the series title at the final round next month.
"I'm really happy to have won the Canadian Rally Championship. I have been away from the Canadian scene since 2004 and so to come back and win the title is just awesome!" said Richard. woowee "congratulations
This year marks the return of Subaru Rally Team Canada, after the factory effort went on hiatus in 2004.