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.
Rocky Mountain Rally will be welcoming a new pair of names to the entry list this year, though the team have demonstrated their pace in the east. Simon Vincent and Hubert Gaudreau will enter the first western round of the season in their bid for the 2018 Canadian Rally Championship title.
Over a decade ago, Jennifer Murray was asked if she might be interested in volunteering at a round of the Canadian Rally Championship. She hadn’t been to an event before, though Kevin had been going to some local events.
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