ECRC-CREC winners at Lanark Highlands Forest Rally

ECRC-CREC winners at Lanark Highlands Forest Rally

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Jean-Sébastien Besner and Marc-André Lamontagne Win the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally !

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.

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 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 &

July 1

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






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