New Richmond (Québec), July 3, 2014 – Team Yokohama’s Antoine L’Estage (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and co-driver Alan Ockwell (Toronto) took top honours this past weekend at the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs, the second round of the Canadian Rally Championship (CRC).
“This is very good for the championship,” said L’Estage. “It was a good event with just a few minor problems which the crew was able to fix without any issue. The Yokohama tires were once again perfect in very tough conditions. They're a big part of our success. ”
Held in the New Richmond area of Quebec, the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs was L’Estage and Ockwell’s first event together and featured more than 200 kms of competitive special stages split over two days of racing. Winning the event has put L’Estage and Ockwell well on the road to achieving their ultimate milestone of setting a new record by winning a seventh Canadian rally championship.
The conditions were dry, resulting in a very dusty course that made visibility an issue for all competitors. L’Estage and Ockwell took the lead early on the first day and continued strong to the finish.
The next stop for Team Yokohama is the third round of the 2014 Canadian Rally Champoionship, Rallye Defi, September 5 – 6 in Ste-Agathe, Quebec. Rallye Défi starts the fall/winter segment of the series that will determine the next Canadian champions.
Antoine L’Estage holds six North American championship titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), six Canadian titles (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), one American title (2010), and 44 overall victories in Canada and the US.
L’Estage participates in the 2014 Canadian Rally Championship with the support of Yokohama Tires, Drenth Motorsport Gearboxes, Énergie Cardio, Formica Group, VP Racing Fuels, Alpinestars, Exe-Tc Suspensions, Driver's Edge Autosport, and Libra Racing, as well as select North American events with the additional support from Rockstar Energy Drink. For more information on the team or rally in general, please visit the antoinelestage.com site.