Joel Levac and Stephanie Lewis had a near flawless run to the top step of the podium at Rallye Baie des Chaleurs, in New Richmond, Quebec, the third round of the Canadian Rally Championship. The team built a good lead over the first day of racing, extending their winning margin to three minutes, 10.1 seconds by the end of the rally.
Joel Levac and Stephanie Lewis drove their MINI to the top of the leaderboard on day one, carving out a huge advantage over the rest of the field. The pair won 10 of the 11 stages contested on the first day of racing and have adjusted their pace to hold their advantage without taking big risks.
Brandon Semenuk and John Hall finished the Rocky Mountain Rally victorious after starting the final day with a narrow lead. The pair extended their margin on the final day of racing to claim the top spot on the podium, Semenuk’s second victory at this event.
After a wet, muddy, slippery first day of stages at Rocky Mountain Rally in Invermere, B.C., Brandon Semenuk and John Hall are carrying a slight lead into the final day of action tomorrow. The two have carved out a 26.7 second margin over nearly 90km of stage, but they’ll have to work to hold it to the end of the event.
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.
For Maxime Labrie, driving the former Subaru Rally Team Canada car is a dream come true. It’s the result of careful consideration, and the support of the whole Labrie family.
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.