Heat and dust characterized the 2016 Rocky Mountain Rally. Many teams struggled with the challenging conditions, and were rewarded for their perseverance.
Antoine L’Estage and Darren Garrod won the event, marking L’Estage’s recordbreaking 44th career Canadian victory.
Boris Djordjevic and Robin Chapelsky finished second, while Brandon Semenuk and John Hall claimed third.
Jan and Jody Zedril won the two-wheel-drive class.
January to VIC (Vancouver Impreza Club) means “Annual Snow Cruise”. It’s a time for some scenic drive and social foolery. We drove through Manning Park, pass Princton then north on hwy 5A, then took a 20km back road over to the Coquahalla hwy arriving at our destination Merritt for an overnight stay.
The weather was warm for this time of year. Made several stops along the way to enjoy and take photos of the beautiful Nicola Valley, home of the Pacific Forest Rally.
Photos courtesy of Morgan Chan
Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell of the Yokohama Rally Team Canada finished the first day of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Rally with a lead of 40 seconds over their closest rivals after four stages. I just went quite hard on the last stage,” said L’Estage. “Alan and I were good, and the notes were working well, so we were able to put in a really good time.”The pair opened up a lead on the first stage, an uphill run of the Hawke Road stage. Behind them, Martin Rowe and Nathalie Richard of Subaru Rally Team Canada put forward a good pace that is much faster than the team achieved at the Pacific Forest Rally. The Rocky Mountain Rally is the team’s third event together and third event with the new 2015 car. “We are getting faster which is what we want,” said Rowe. “We still have more to get out of the car, but we’re getting closer to the pace we want to have.”Hardy Schmidtke and John Hall finished the day in third place after a stressful start to the rally. The team arrived at the start of the first stage to discover their engine was leaking oil. They set a careful pace and managed to return to service where the crew could make the needed repairs. The rest of the day was a smoother run for the team. Ramana Lagemann and Chrissie Beavis have outclassed the rest of the two wheel drive field. The Americans are ranked fourth overall at the end of the day in a rear wheel drive BMW. The two struggled with a lack of power on the uphill run of the Hawkes Road stage, and brake issues on the downhill. Stage three was also a challenge when their intercom didn’t provide a proper volume balance in their helmets. Alex Kozlov and Martin Matas are fifth overall and the top novice team of the event. Behind them, Boris Djordjevic and co-driver Chris Kremer are leading a production class battle with Tibor Kertes and Shabir Haji. Though clouds lingered over the Invermere, B.C., area, conditions remained dry and windy. Tomorrow, teams will compete over six stages before arriving at the final time control of the event.
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Craig Breen has been stripped of his Rallye International du Valais after the Peugeot team used two too many tyres on the final round of the European Rally Championship.
The Irishman was delighted to have signed off on his ERC campaign with a win in Switzerland….Read more at www.maxrally.com
It’s been an action-packed morning on the final day of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship – and whilst Craig Breen continues to lead the Rallye International du Valais, it’s all change behind the Peugeot Rally Academy driver.
Alexey Lukyanuk has moved up to second place…Read more over @www.fiaerc.com
Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala says team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen was better than him on the final day of RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada and deserved to finish ahead.
Latvala and Mikkelsen were split by just 2.9s at the end of Saturday
The 14-round championship will begin with the traditional season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and will feature a mix of gravel, asphalt, snow and ice action across five continents. Read More @wrc.com