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.
INVERMERE, BC – Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell were triumphant at the Rocky Mountain Rally, outpacing the rest of the field in their first time as privateers in more than three years. The two had competed together for most of the last three years as Subaru Rally Team Canada, but arrived in Invermere, BC this weekend running under the Rocket Rally Team banner.
“The day went really well for us,” said L’Estage. “We were comfortable in the car and the Pirelli tires worked really well. There were a few big rocks, and we bent a wheel but otherwise, a really good day.”
Teams have arrived for Rocky Mountain Rally in beautiful, Invermere, BC. This event is the second stop of the Canadian Rally Championship, and a few twists at the first round of the year has foreshadowed one of the most exciting championship seasons in recent memory.
In 2008, Eric Grochowski and Leanne Junnila towed their 2wd rally car from Calgary to Rallye Baie des Chaleurs in Quebec’s Gaspé region without having enough gas money to get back home. The two were banking on winning cash that the event was offering up for class stage wins. By going fast enough, so the thinking went, they’d have enough cash to get back home.
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Anabel Cliche co-drives and volunteers at rallies in eastern Canada, after getting her first experience at Perce Neige.