Wednesday, October 2, 2013

L'Estage and Richard Part Ways, L'Estage Heads West to Pacific Forest Rally

Montréal (Québec), October 2, 2013.- Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu), current leader of the North American Rally Cup, will contest this weekend’s Pacific Forest Rally in British Columbia.  The Rockstar Energy Drink driver has already amassed five victories at this event, which counts towards the Canadian Rally Championship and the North American Rally Cup.

Following the end of Nathalie Richard’s partnership with the team, Antoine L’Estage will be co-driven by Craig Parry for the Pacific Forest Rally. 
Later this fall, a decision will be made regarding the team’s co-driver for the remainder of the 2013 season and the 2014 season.  Nathalie has been the  team’s co-driver since 2006, accumulating many victories along the way.  The entire team would like to thank her for her hard work during these years and wish her the best of luck in her future motorsport endeavours. 

The fourth of six rounds in the 2013 Canadian Rally Championship, the Pacific Forest Rally will start at 5:30pm this Friday in Merritt, British Columbia, and will end on Saturday around 8pm.  "With five victories, PFR is one of the rallies where I have had the most success in my career.  This year, the course will be similar to previous years, with some new additions.  I’m really looking forward to the start of this rally to try to earn a third consecutive victory this season in the Canadian Rally Championship" indicated Antoine L'Estage, who previously won the Baie-des-Chaleurs and Défi rallies.  "The win last month at the Rallye Défi put us back in the hunt for the championship.  Winning the Pacific Forest Rally is clearly our goal for this weekend" adds the Quebec driver, who will once again be at the wheel of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. "We haven’t done any testing with the car since Défi but everything is in order.  In addition, we’ll get the chance to do a little session on Friday morning before the start, as part of the demonstration rides for special Yokohama guests.  It’s always great to be able to provide our sponsors with such an opportunity and at the same time, it gives us a chance to make sure everything is perfect with the car before the rally" explains Antoine.

Photo; Neil McDaid