After a wet, muddy, slippery first day of stages at Rocky Mountain Rally in Invermere, B.C., Brandon Semenuk and John Hall are carrying a slight lead into the final day of action tomorrow. The two have carved out a 26.7 second margin over nearly 90km of stage, but they’ll have to work to hold it to the end of the event.
Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell returned to the Canadian Rally Championship true to form, winning the 2019 Rallye Perce Neige running as privateers on the Swap Shop team. The pair chose their moment and attacked on the first pass of Kitigan Zibi, where their tire choice proved correct for deep snow on the road surface.
Looking ahead to 2019, Karel and Samuel hope to repeat as winners of the season opener this weekend, and plan to race Baie and Défi. From there, the team will evaluate where they stand in the championship and decide on the remaining events.
As Wim van der Poel drove his tow rig away from Montpellier, Quebec after failing to finish the 2017 Rallye Défi, he was certain he was done with rallying. The year that was supposed to be, wasn’t.
Nicholas Spencer was standing in line at Tim Horton’s in Merritt, BC, during the 2012 Pacific Forest Rally when something caught his eye. He turned to look and sure enough, one of his rally heroes was sitting, drinking a coffee.
For Maxime Labrie, driving the former Subaru Rally Team Canada car is a dream come true. It’s the result of careful consideration, and the support of the whole Labrie family.
Anyone who knows Taisto and his characteristic Finnish accent will know that I’ve cleaned up the grammar and paraphrased a few things for this article, otherwise the stories recounted are his own, described during an evening of food, Finnish liqueur, and traditional sauna in his very Scandinavian home in the woods of British Columbia.
Brandon Semenuk and John Hall have won Big White Winter Rally winning all but the opening stage of the rally ultimately finishing with a margin of six minutes, 20.09 seconds. The drive was perhaps the most dominant victory of the season, a testament to the focus and effort put in by the team.
At the finish of the first day of competition at Big White Winter Rally, Brandon Semenuk and John Hall lead the event with a margin of one minute, 20.1 seconds. While the pair finished strong, a spin on the first stage cost the team approximately 30 seconds, a deficit they recovered on the second stage before going on to build their lead through SS3 and SS4.
Big White Winter Rally marks the end of the 2018 rally season in Canada, and while championships have been decided, a strong group of competitors is ready to race. Taking place on roads near the Big White ski resort outside of Kelowna, BC. The event is the second true winter rally of the year.