New Co-driver, New Record ...
Montréal (Québec), June 30, 2014.– Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and his new co-driver, Torontonian Alan Ockwell, won this past weekend’s Rallye Auto nord-américain de la Baie-des-Chaleurs, the second round of the 2014 Canadian Rally Championship. Antoine L'Estage and Alan Ockwell dominated from start to finish in intense heat and in front of thousands of enthusiastic spectators, giving the Yokohama Rally Team a second win in as many Canadian events this season.
Winner of the Rallye Perce-Neige at the start of the season, Antoine L'Estage was contesting his first national event with the multi-champion co-driver Alan Ockwell. Confident that they work well together, they headed into the rally with determination : « we attacked hard right at the start. The goal was to build a big lead during the first few stages and that’s exactly what we did » explains Antoine. « At the end of the first day, we had more than three minutes on our closest rival, which allowed us to just manage the situation going forward » added the Quebec driver.
The Yokohama Rally team won eighteen of the twenty-one stages that made up the event in Gaspésie this year. « Our winning gap might give the impression that it was an easy victory but Baie-des-Chaleurs is never an easy rally. Plenty of things can happen. This year, with the heat and the demanding roads, I had to stay very concentrated and I needed a reliable car. I want to thank John and Matt and the entire team, including Gaspési Mitsubishi and Yokohama Tires because finishing this type of event without any flats is one of the keys to success » noted Antoine.
For the already six-time Canadian Rally Champion, this win, his sixth at Baie-des-Chaleurs (new record) is obviously excellent for the championship. Antoine L'Estage is eyeing a recordseventh Canadian championship title this year and has already recorded maximum points so far after the first two rounds. Antoine L'Estage, Alan Ockwell and the entire Yokohama Rallye team would like to wish longtime rival, Patrick Richard, a speedy recover and they hope to have him back in competition for the third round of the Canadian Rally Championship, the Rallye Défi in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec on September 5 and 6. 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-four 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, (514) 825 - 4332
2014 Canadian Rally Championship Calendar
Date Event Location
February 8 RALLYE PERCE-NEIGE Maniwaki, Québec 1st
June 27 - 28 RALLYE BAIE-DES-CHALEURS New Richmond, Québec 1st
September 5 – 6 RALLYE DÉFI Ste-Agathe, Québec
October 3 - 4 PACIFIC FOREST RALLY Merritt, British Columbia
October 31 – Nov 1 ROCKY MOUNTAIN RALLY Invermere, British Columbia
November 29 RALLY OF THE TALL PINES Bancroft, Ontario