Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
May 6, 2018.- After a three-month hiatus, this weekend, the Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC) presented the second of eight rounds that make up the 2018 season. On magnificent forest roads southwest of Ottawa, Quebeckers Jean-Sébastien Besner and Marc-André Lamontagne drove their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to victory at the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally.
The thirteen teams entered in this springtime event saw Quebec competitors monopolize the overall podium. Joining the Besner/Lamontagne duo on the highest step were Marc Bourassa, co-driven by Élise Racette in second place with their Subaru WRX STI, followed by Philippe Benoît/Jonathan Desgroseillers, who were also the event’s two-wheel drive winners.
For Bourassa/Racette, the eventual gap behind Besner/Lamontagne was 44.7 seconds, which included a 20 second penalty Bourassa/Racette received for checking in late into the first time control. Despite this penalty, the battle for first place remained tight throughout the event’s ten competitive stages. As for Benoît/Desgroseillers, their exceptional performance resulted in a lead of more than six minutes over their closest two-wheel drive rivals.
In fourth spot overall were winners of the Production 4 wheel drive class, Ontarian Laurens Wit, co-driven by American Philip Barnes in a Subaru WRX STI. The Ontarian driver, and winner of last year’s Black Bear Rally, also had an excellent event, finishing ahead of the Open class cars of Benjamin and Jonathan Drake (Subaru WRX STI) and Alexandre Ouellet/Joey Delisle (Subaru également), who rounded out the Top 6.
In the 2 wheel drive class, in addition to winners Benoît/Desgroseillers, Michael Ketchum and Savannah Kovacs (Mazda 323) took home the Production 2 wheel drive honours and finished second in overall 2 wheel drive ahead of David Koyter and Thomas Bye (VW Scirocco 2WD Open class). In total, eight teams completed the event.
The Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC) is comprised of eight rounds this season, spread out between Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. The Black Bear Rally, next event in the calendar, will take place again in Ontario, on June 23rd, in Gilmour.
For more information, please visit www.ecrc-crec.ca
2018 ECRC Calendar
|Date||Event||City (Province) / Club||2018 Winners|
|February 3||Rallye Perce-Neige||Maniwaki (Québec)
Club Rallye Perce-Neige
|Overall : André Leblanc & René Leblanc
2WD : Mathieu Leblanc & Éric Dubé
|May 5||Lanark Highlands Forest Rally||McDonalds Corners (Ontario)
Motor Sport Club of Ottawa
|Overall : J.S.Besner & M.A.Lamontagne
2WD = P.Benoît & J.Desgroseillers
|June 23||Black Bear Rally||Gilmour (Ontario)
Maple Leaf Rally Club
|June 30 &
|Rallye Baie-des-Chaleurs||New-Richmond (Québec)
Club Rallye Auto Baie-des-Chaleurs
|August 11 – 12||Ledwidge Lookoff Rally||Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)
Bluenose Autosport Club
|September 7-8||Rallye Défi||Montpellier (Québec)
Club Autos Sport Défi
|October 19-20||Rallye Charlevoix||Clermont (Québec)
Club Rallye de Charlevoix
|November 24||Tall Pines Rally||Bancroft (Ontario)
Maple Leaf Rally Club