Sainte Agathe, (Québec), September 8,2014 – Team Yokohama’s Antoine L’Estage (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and co-driver Alan Ockwell (Toronto) won the 2014 edition of the Rallye Defi for a record setting eighth time. The third round of the Canadian Rally Championship (CRC) was held this past weekend around the Laurentians and Outaouais regions of Québec. The event featured more than 175 kms of competitive special stages split over 2 days of racing.
“It's been a textbook rally for us,” said L'Estage. “We did have some problems with the car early on, so we had to turn down the boost to make sure it stayed reliable to the finish.”
“The Yokohama tires were really good in the rough stuff throughout the race. I've been with them for ten years, and they're a big part of our success,” said L’Estage. Dry weather on day one gave way to storms in the evening that persisted through much of Saturday. L’Estage and Ockwell won all but two stages of the event.
L’Estage and Ockwell now have a good lead in the championship standings at the halfway point in the series.
The next stop for Team Yokohama is the fourth round of the 2014 Canadian Rally Championship, The Pacific Forest Rally in British Columbia October 3-4.
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 forty-five 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.
Photo: Alan Ockwell and Antoine L’Estage victorious at Rallye Defi
Canadian Rally Championship 2014 Calendar
|February 8||RALLYE PERCE-NEIGE||Maniwaki, Quebec|
|June 27-28||RALLYE BAIE DES CHALEURS||New Richmond, Quebec|
|September 5 - 6||RALLYE DEFI||Ste-Agathe, Quebec|
|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|