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.
|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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