Familiar faces will be on opposite sides of a rally car this weekend at the Pacific Forest Rally. Shedding her role as co-driver, Leanne Junnila will be driving a production class Subaru while being co-driven by Eric Grochowski.
Joel Levac and Stephanie Lewis finish as victors at the 2018 Rallye Défi, after a largely trouble-free run. The pair won every stage in their WRC MINI to finish with an overall time of one hour 46 minutes, seven seconds.
Joel Levac and Stephanie Lewis won every stage on the first day of Rallye Défi to finish the day with a two minute, six second lead. The pair had no difficulties through today’s seven stages and have set the pace to beat.
The start of Rallye Défi is just hours away, and teams are going through final checks before the first stage begins. Défi marks the halfway point in the seven-event Canadian Rally Championship, and the final round of the series to be held in Quebec. A host of eastern teams are set to take on the challenging roads of this event, but a familiar face will not be on hand to fight for victory.
The first time Mike Cleaver saw a rally car at full speed, his fate was sealed. Early interest in the Paris-Dakar rally, and the Group A era of WRC had piqued his curiosity but rallying closer to home remained an unknown.
NEW RICHMOND, Quebec – Jean-Sebastien Besner and Yvan Joyal clinched victory at Rallye Baie des Chaleurs after a hard fought contest against the elements. The pair finished with a winning margin of two minutes, 20 seconds, in what is Besner’s first ever Canadian Rally Championship national triumph.
NEW RICHMOND, Quebec – Jean-Sebastien Besner and Yvan Joyal finished the first day of Rallye Baie des Chaleurs leading an event that for most of Besner’s career has proven elusive. A cool and collected drive today kept the team out of trouble while all others around them battled circumstance in one way or another, and the pair have been rewarded with a lead of three minutes, 13 seconds heading into the second and final day of racing.
The 41st edition of Rallye Baie des Chaleurs is set to thrill fans and test competitors, thanks to a deep field of fast teams. 38 teams from all over North America have entered the third round of the Canadian Rally Championship, also a round of the NACAM series, drawing in three teams from Mexico.
Chances are that if you’ve met Debbie Dyer at least once, you’ve been given a big hug. Dyer runs the office for the Canadian Association of Rally Sport, and has a wealth of experience in the sport, and a lot of love for the community she regards as family.