Karel Carré is one of the most exciting drivers to watch in the Canadian Rally Championship. His style leaves little margin, occasionally none at all, with consequential results. Yet, to Carré, there’s no other way to become fast at the wheel of a rally car.
Rallye Perce Neige is held in the depths of Canadian winter, but is absolutely a trial by fire for any team who arrives in Maniwaki for the debut of the Canadian Rally Championship season.
February 4, 2018.- The traditional opening round of Canadian and Eastern Canadian rally calendars, the Rallye Perce-Neige, took place this past weekend in Maniwaki, Québec. As the first of eight rounds of the 2018 Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC), this challenging event saw multiple lead changes on the snow and ice-covered roads, lined with only minimal snowbanks. In the end, victory went to brothers André and René Leblanc, of the Gaspé region of Quebec, in their Subaru WRX STI.
TEST Racing has grown into one of the premier rally shops in Eastern Canada under the precise leadership of Mathieu Dubé.
The rally is a one-day event measuring a mammoth 233kms of stages running from just after sunrise to well into the darkness. Teams will push the limits on ice and snow in town and deep in the wilderness west of the host town.
The 2018 Canadian Rally Championship is set to begin in a little over a week. Recently, representatives of the sport from across the country gathered in Montreal to discuss the future of the sport, and to recognize the successes of 2017.
“We’re really happy to finish the season with victory here,” said L’Estage. “We didn’t have a perfect season, but everyone worked hard all year to get us to this point now.
The Big White Winter Rally opened with two night stages on day one. Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell took the lead on the first stage, and continued to press their advantage, ending the first day in the lead.
The Big White Winter Rally marks the finale of the 2017 Canadian Rally Championship. With a field of more than 30 entires, each class promises a host of contenders ready to prove their outright speed on the snowy mountain roads surrounding Kelowna, B.C.
Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell dominated the 2017 Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines, racing to first place through difficult wet and freezing conditions through the entire event.