Montréal (Québec), October 1st 2014.- Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) will contest this weekend’s Pacific Forest Rally, the fourth of six rounds in the 2014 Canadian Rally Championship, to be held in Merritt, British Columbia. At a rally where the six-time Canadian Champion has been very successful, a win this Saturday could assure him the 2014 championship title.
Winner of the first three rallies of the season, Antoine L'Estage currently holds a perfect record in the Canadian championship. His strong lead in the hunt for the drivers’ title could be capped off with a record seventh title if he wins this weekend at the Pacific Forest Rally. « Competing in British Columbia is always a far way to go and the weather conditions sometimes have a lot of surprises for us at this rally. That’s why we’re bringing all types of Yokohama tires with us in order to be best equipped, regardless of the circumstances » explains Antoine.
Antoine L'Estage has never DNF’d the Pacific Forest Rally. In addition, he has recorded six wins and four second places in his ten outings. « It’s a rally that I like and if you look at the results there, it’s one of my best events ! Again this year, I’m headed there very confidently. Our car was well checked by the Yokohama Rallye team, the collaboration of my co-driver Alan Ockwell is excellent, and everything is in well lined up » explains the champion from Québec.
With his win at the Rallye Défi last month, Antoine L'Estage joined Ontarian Frank Sprongl, with thirty-six victories in the Canadian championship. Only John Buffum and Taisto Heinonen are still ahead of him for the highest number of victories in the history of the series. « For me, it’s something special to have conquered this thirty-sixth victory. I don’t plan on stopping there… but this is an important milestone » confides Antoine.
The 2014 Pacific Forest Rally will take place on Friday and Saturday. The start will be in Merritt on Friday at 5:30pm PST. The end will be around 8pm Saturday.
Antoine L'Estage currently holds six North American titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), six Canadian (2006, 2007, 2010 to 2013), one American (2010) and forty-five overall victories in Canada and the United States.
He is contesting the 2014 Canadian Rally Championship with the support of Yokohama Tires, Drenth Motorsport Gearboxes, Énergie Cardio, Method Race Wheels, VP Racing Fuels, Alpinestars, Exe-Tc Suspensions, Driver's Edge Autosport, and Libra Racing. For more information on the team or rally in general, please visit the antoinelestage.com site.
Source : Coyote Rallye Media Services
2014 Canadian Rally Championship Calendar Photo : Antoine L’Estage (right) and Alan Ockwell.