The season finale of the 2022 Canadian Rally Championship saw dramatic action in ideal winter conditions at the Big White Winter Rally. High snowbanks and fresh snow greeted competitors for the one-day event on the roads around Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, BC. The event featured a morning loop of stages, followed by night-time action on one of the longest stages in the Canadian championship, featuring 36 kilometers flat out through tight snowbanks and hairpin turns.
For over 50 years, the Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines in Bancroft, Ontario has been known as one of the toughest single-day events in the sport. The 2022 edition lived up to expectations. Under clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures, twenty-three teams lined up to tackle sixteen stages featuring a mix of hard-packed gravel, snow, and ice.
Survival was the name of the game at Rallye de Charlevoix, round five of the Canadian Rally Championship. Set on the edge of the Saint Lawrence River in the picturesque town of La Malbaie, the combination of tricky forest stages and spectator-lined tarmac super specials caused nearly two-thirds of the 35 teams entered to suffer either off-road excursions or mechanical failures.
The Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS) is announcing the retirement of Terry Epp, our National Series Manager, as of January 1, 2023.
The 30th Edition of the Rallye Défi Petit Nation, the 4th round of the 2022 Canadian Rally Championship, saw 36 teams tackle two days and 21 stages of gravel action. Several of the stages featured abrupt changes in character, swinging from smooth and fast to rough and technical, forcing the drivers to remain focused for every kilometre. With dusty conditions and a reputation for being a rally of attrition, the stage was set for high speeds and maximum drama.
Tanveer Deen and his sister Naila Deen took their Mitsubishi EVO IX to a comfortable win after dominating the Rocky Mountain Rally, the second round of the Canadian Rally Championship, held in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. The event packed 178 competitive kilometers into just 7 stages, with the bulk of the Rally being held on the epic 34 km long Powderface Trail stage.
Jérome Mailloux and Philippe Poirier drove their Test Racing Subaru to the top step at Rallye Perce Neige, the opening round of the 2022 Canadian Rally Championship held in Maniwaki, Quebec.
Kyle Tilley and Alex Gelsomino piloted their Fiesta R5 to a commanding win at the Big White Winter Rally, the final round of the 2021 Canadian Rally Championship. Finishing second at the event also secured André and René Leblanc the overall national championship title.
This weekend’s Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines was again highlighted by numerous turnovers and surprises. Brothers André and René Leblanc drove their Four Star Motorsports-prepared Subaru WRX STI to victory in this event, the penultimate round of the 2021 Canadian rally season. The victory gives the Gaspesie natives the lead in the championship standings with just one round remaining, to the detriment of Jérôme Mailloux and Philippe Poirier who were the leaders coming into the event.
The Rallye de Charlevoix was contested this past weekend as the fourth of six events in the 2021 Canadian Rally Championship, presented by Subaru. Between the sea and the mountains, in the heart of the beautifully scenic region of Charlevoix, the event was spectacular from start to finish. In the end, a new team earned its very first win in the Canadian Rally Championship: Marc-André Brisebois and Marie-France Desmarais-Trépanier.