Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell returned to the Canadian Rally Championship true to form, winning the 2019 Rallye Perce Neige running as privateers on the Swap Shop team. The pair chose their moment and attacked on the first pass of Kitigan Zibi, where their tire choice proved correct for deep snow on the road surface.
Looking ahead to 2019, Karel and Samuel hope to repeat as winners of the season opener this weekend, and plan to race Baie and Défi. From there, the team will evaluate where they stand in the championship and decide on the remaining events.
As Wim van der Poel drove his tow rig away from Montpellier, Quebec after failing to finish the 2017 Rallye Défi, he was certain he was done with rallying. The year that was supposed to be, wasn’t.
Nicholas Spencer was standing in line at Tim Horton’s in Merritt, BC, during the 2012 Pacific Forest Rally when something caught his eye. He turned to look and sure enough, one of his rally heroes was sitting, drinking a coffee.
Anyone who knows Taisto and his characteristic Finnish accent will know that I’ve cleaned up the grammar and paraphrased a few things for this article, otherwise the stories recounted are his own, described during an evening of food, Finnish liqueur, and traditional sauna in his very Scandinavian home in the woods of British Columbia.
Brandon Semenuk and John Hall have won Big White Winter Rally winning all but the opening stage of the rally ultimately finishing with a margin of six minutes, 20.09 seconds. The drive was perhaps the most dominant victory of the season, a testament to the focus and effort put in by the team.
At the finish of the first day of competition at Big White Winter Rally, Brandon Semenuk and John Hall lead the event with a margin of one minute, 20.1 seconds. While the pair finished strong, a spin on the first stage cost the team approximately 30 seconds, a deficit they recovered on the second stage before going on to build their lead through SS3 and SS4.
Big White Winter Rally marks the end of the 2018 rally season in Canada, and while championships have been decided, a strong group of competitors is ready to race. Taking place on roads near the Big White ski resort outside of Kelowna, BC. The event is the second true winter rally of the year.
A hard-fought battle in demanding conditions ended with Karel Carré and Samuel Joyal winning the Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines in their first attempt at the legendary event. On road coated in a mix of ice and water, the pair proved themselves the best team at the event and earned enough points to cement the 2018 Canadian Rally Championship driver and co-driver titles.