More than 40 years ago, motorsports enthusiasts organized a first performance rally in Baie-des-Chaleurs, located on the southern coast of Gaspésie, in eastern Quebec. At that time, the Datsun 510, Toyota Celica, Triumph TR7 and Audi Quattro competed for the honor of winning “Baie-des-Chaleurs”.
The great sportsmen in Canada like the John Buffum, Taisto Heinonen, Frank Sprongl, Tom McGeer and Pat Richard were able to animate the show.
Today, cars have changed a lot. It is the Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Evo and Citroen that compete to defeat the 200 km of the course of this rally, the Canadian Championship, the Quebec Championship and the NACAM championship sanctioned by the FIA.
Will the 40th edition give us strong emotions, Antoine L’Estage has always delivered a good performance here, the 7 victories at Baie-Des-Chaleurs acquired by L’Estage are proof, will he be in able to put an end to the bad luck of the beginning of the 2017 season. Will last year’s winner Joel Levac with his Mini-Cooper WRC be back to defend his title? Simon Dubé on his 1990 Golf will be able to return to the highest step of the podium in 2WD despite the strong competition of Greenhouses, Wallingford and Bailey in this class. Can Brothers André and René Leblanc of New Richmond repeat their 2016 achievements on the podium? Will Crazy Leo be back to host the show? Will Boris Djorjevic in his powerful EVO X be able to get on the podium?
It is with pleasure that you are invited to participate in the Rallye Auto International of Baie-des-Chaleurs, or come to live this unique experience … Welcome!