Subaru claims second at Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs

Eight Subaru vehicles in the top ten at second event of the season.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce that Subaru Rally Team Canada maintains a five-point lead towards the championship after Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs this past weekend in New Richmond, Quebec. Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Rob Fagg drove quickly and consistently into second place without taking big risks in order to focus their efforts on holding a strong lead in the championship.

Coming into Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs, Richard was beginning to rehabilitate a torn Achilles' tendon in his left foot, forcing him to drive slower than usual. Just over halfway through Saturday's stages, transmission problems cropped up - causing the loss of the fifth and sixth gear - yet the crew managed to change the gearbox and shifter mechanism within the 20-minute service with zero penalties.

"My nature has always been to drive flat out everywhere," said Richard. "But really it's a case of needing to drive to the finish to get the points… I was happy to do it because we're leading the [driver's] championship by 10 points."

Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs is a particularly demanding event with challenging conditions causing problems for all of the top teams. Even with the ever-present threat of overheating and punishing terrain, eight Subaru vehicles finished in the top ten.

Pos Time Vehicle Driver/Co-driver
1 1:39:03.0 Mitsubishi EVO X 11 Antoine L'Estage - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu,QC
Nathalie Richard - Halifax, NS
2 1:39:56.5 Subaru STi 08 Patrick Richard - Squamish, BC
Robert Fagg - Squamish, BC
3 1:45:12.6 Subaru WRX 02 Maxime Labrie - La Prairie, QC
Robert Labrie - Montmagny, QC
4 1:46:08.6 Subaru WRX STi 10 Steeve Hobbs - St-Gédéon, QC
Jean-Mathieu Tremblay - Saguenay, QC
5 1:47:32.8 Subaru WRX STi 07 Max Riddle - Squamish, BC
Garrod Darren - Squamish, BC
6 1:49:28.6 Subaru WRX STi 04 André Leblanc - New Richmond, QC
René Leblanc - New Richmond, QC
7 1:50:08.0 Subaru Impreza 94 Sylvain Vincent - Terrebonne, QC
Simon Vincent - Terrebonne, QC
8 1:53:09.7 Mitsubishi EVO IX 05 Hardy Schmidtke - Cochrane, AB
John Hall - Sherwood Park, AB
9 1:59:06.0 Subaru WRX 01 Mathieu Leblanc - St-Omer, QC
Alex S. Litalien Leblanc - St-Omer, QC
10 2:02:34.5 Subaru WRX STi 10 Frank Lognay - Brossard, QC
Larissa Lognay - Brossard, QC


The next event in the Canadian Rally Championship season will be Rallye Defi on September 6-7, in Ste-Agathe, Quebec.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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