Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard shoots for win at Rallye Defi Ste. Agathe

Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard will be in the Laurentian mountains north of Montreal this weekend looking for his second overall win of the season at the Rallye Defi Ste. Agathe, headquartered in the town of Ste. Agathe (Sept. 7-8, 2007).

The top Canadian rally driver and his American co-driver Marc Goldfarb have just returned from competing at the X Games in California for the second consecutive year and are prepared for the rough and challenging course through the forests of Quebec.

"It's terrific to be back at Defi," said Comrie-Picard. "My very first national stage wins came five years ago at this rally in my previous Mitsubishi Lancer. Now with an even better car we're looking forward to even greater success."

Comrie-Picard's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 rally car is up for the task. Slowboy Racing has built an innovative new engine with all the power necessary for the fast stages. And the Yokohama tires that ACP always uses will handle all the rocks and bumps that Defi is famous for dishing out.

Competitors will race through the forests surrounding the towns of Ste. Agathe, Montpellier, and Duhamel on a variety of surfaces and on roads of widely varying character. The event is one of the roughest in the series and benefits from being within an easy drive of the major urban centre of Montreal. Comrie-Picard is in a tight battle for the Canadian Championship and is attempting to regain the lead he held after winning the opening event of the season, the Rallye Perce Neige.

At the last Canadian rally, the Baie des Chaleurs, Comrie-Picard won more than half of the stages but lost several minutes to a blown turbo for a second place finish. He expects success this weekend: "Defi has it all: tarmac, rough sections, water splashes, technical sections and high speed stages - what more could a rally driver want? Oh yeah - great spectators. Quebec is great for rallying!"

Conditions at the rally are expected to be warm and humid, increasing the challenge.

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