Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Canadian Rally Championship: Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard Ready for Another Win in the Rockies

L'Estage and Richard  look to leave the troubles of Oregon Trail Rally in their dust. Photo: Neil McDaid

Montréal (Québec), May 22nd, 2012.- Quebec driver Antoine L'Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and his co-driver Nathalie Richard (of Halifax, Nova Scotia) are contesting this weekend’s Rocky Mountain Rally, the second round of the Canadian Rally Championship, to be held near Calgary, Alberta.  2011 Champions, winners of this event the last two years, and current series leaders after a dominating victory at the Rallye Perce-Neige this winter, the Rockstar Energy Drink duo will give their all to continue their Rocky Mountain Rally winning streak.
The Rocky Mountain Rally is a rally that I like, where I’ve often done very well.  It’s the only spring event in the Canadian championship but we’re just as likely to deal with winter snow and mud conditions, as we are with dry spring roads if it’s sunny » confides Antoine L'Estage, « we have to stay concentrated because it’s a long rally of about 800 km, 200 of which are at full speed, and we must to ensure we’re well prepared in order to perform at our peak.  We’re properly equipped with our Yokohama tires regardless of the road conditions we’ll face and our Mitsubishi Evo X is already out west, where it remained for re-preparation after the last round of the Rally America series ».
Taking place in Calgary and Kananaskis on Friday and Saturday (the 25th and 26th), the Rocky Mountain Rally has been a part of the Canadian Rally Championship since 1973.  Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard have each won the rally four times, claiming victory together three of the last five years. « We’ll always keep the championship title not too far back in our minds – we want to accumulate as many points here as possible in order to increase our lead in the series before heading to the Quebec summer events.  Having said that, winning this edition of the Rocky Mountain Rally is one of our top priorities and we’re confident we can do it » shares co-driver Nathalie Richard.