Known as the toughest day in Canadian Rallying, the 2023 Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines in Bancroft, ON, lived up to its storied reputation. Never has the old adage “winter roads, summer ditches” been more appropriate. A combination of smooth roads and a pre-event flash freeze made the high-speed, jump filled stages a skating rink, testing the skills and bravery of all 26 teams entered in the sixth round of the Canadian Rally Championship. The championship saw its sixth different winner in as many races, showcasing the depth of the competition this season.
The beautiful autumn waterfront scenery in La Malbaie, QC, represented a stark contrast to the attrition-riddled grind that was Rallye de Charlevoix, round five of the 2023 Canadian Rally Championship. Challenging roads combined with heavy rain made it a game of survival for most of the 36 teams entered in the weekend-long event. Throw in some high-speed tarmac sections and hundreds of fans cheering for courage, and surprise results were guaranteed.
Masters of risk management, Jean-Sebastien Besner and Yvan Joyal knew where to push and where to play it safe. They leveraged the speed and reliability of their new Fiesta to good effect, running a completely drama-free event from start to finish.
The teams of the Canadian Rally Championship were joined by Mexican teams from the NACAM Championship to bring the heat to New Richmond, Quebec at Rallye Baie des Chaleurs. Celebrating it’s 45th Edition in 2023 with almost fifty entries, the third round of the Canadian Rally Championship presented a classic combination of challenging roads, humid weather, changing conditions, and plenty of attrition. The legendary Camp Brulé and Saut Du 5 spectator areas were packed with fans to watch it all go down despite frequent rain showers.
The Canadian Rally Championship returned to action at the 50th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Rally, round 2 of the 2023 championship. After the most recent editions were hosted in Alberta, the rally made a popular return to the Columbia Valley, British Columbia. The later calendar date meant the teams faced hot temperatures and dusty, rough roads.
A deep polar airmass brought extreme cold temperatures to Maniwaki, Quebec the night before the start of the 2023 Canadian Rally Championship at Rallye Perce Neige. Undeterred by temperatures hovering near -40C, 28 teams took to stages presenting a mix of hard-packed snow and ice. Hearty fans were waiting out in the woods to cheer them on.
The season finale of the 2022 Canadian Rally Championship saw dramatic action in ideal winter conditions at the Big White Winter Rally. High snowbanks and fresh snow greeted competitors for the one-day event on the roads around Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, BC. The event featured a morning loop of stages, followed by night-time action on one of the longest stages in the Canadian championship, featuring 36 kilometers flat out through tight snowbanks and hairpin turns.
For over 50 years, the Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines in Bancroft, Ontario has been known as one of the toughest single-day events in the sport. The 2022 edition lived up to expectations. Under clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures, twenty-three teams lined up to tackle sixteen stages featuring a mix of hard-packed gravel, snow, and ice.
Survival was the name of the game at Rallye de Charlevoix, round five of the Canadian Rally Championship. Set on the edge of the Saint Lawrence River in the picturesque town of La Malbaie, the combination of tricky forest stages and spectator-lined tarmac super specials caused nearly two-thirds of the 35 teams entered to suffer either off-road excursions or mechanical failures.
The Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS) is announcing the retirement of Terry Epp, our National Series Manager, as of January 1, 2023.