Baie-des-Chaleurs preview

L'Estage-Erickson: Head to Head again! Stouffville, ON -- June 27, 2006 -- The Canadian Rally Championship will hold the Baie-des-Chaleurs Rally this weekend in New-Richmond, QC, the third of six rounds in its 2006 schedule. Winner of...

L'Estage-Erickson: Head to Head again!

Stouffville, ON -- June 27, 2006 -- The Canadian Rally Championship will hold the Baie-des-Chaleurs Rally this weekend in New-Richmond, QC, the third of six rounds in its 2006 schedule.

Winner of last year's edition and winner the first two rounds of this season, Quebecker Antoine L'Estage and American co-driver Mark Williams are this year's favorites in their Hyundai Tiburon 4WD. But the spectacular Baie-des-Chaleurs Rally holds lots of surprises for everyone and L'Estage/Williams may not be immune to them.

Among the teams who dream of winning in the back roads of Gaspesie, are Sylvain and Chloe Erickson in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4. Second in both previous rounds this season, the father and daughter team from Gatineau, QC, remains a very serious contender for this year's event and championship.

With their first overall career win a few weeks ago in Pennsylvania, Americans Matthew Iorio and co-driver Ole Holter represent the strongest challenge for victory from among the numerous teams driving Subaru Impreza WRXs. However, Quebec teams Joel Levac/Eric Bourbonnais and Mathieu L'Estage/Laurence-Fanny L'Estage, both in WRXs, are also among the crowd's favorites and should do well.

In 2-wheel-drive, many times Canadian champion Frank Sprongl and co-driver Brian Maxwell in their Suzuki Swift+, are leading their Production 2 class. It should also be noted that among the 2-wheel-drive cars will be Albertans Zbigniew Szewcyzk/Tomasz Karzinski in a Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Ontarian Ian Crerar in a Porsche 911, running in the new Group 5 (2-WD vehicles with a higher displacement than Group 2).

Baie-des-Chaleurs Rally will start over 30 teams, including five local teams, competing on the back roads of the region. As usual, special stages will be held on gravel roads, but for the first time, the organizers are holding a super stage at Circuit RPM/Sani-Sable in New Richmond. The rally will start Friday at 6:00 PM and the first car will finish around 5:00 PM on Saturday.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Antoine L'Estage , Frank Sprongl , Ole Holter , Ian Crerar , Mark Williams , Brian Maxwell
Teams Williams