Strong Mitsubishi teams contend for Perce-Neige podium TORONTO (February 6, 2008) -- No less than ten Mitsubishi rally teams will be on the starting grid of Rallye Perce-Neige, the first round of the Canadian Rally Championship early Saturday ...
Strong Mitsubishi teams contend for Perce-Neige podium
TORONTO (February 6, 2008) -- No less than ten Mitsubishi rally teams will be on the starting grid of Rallye Perce-Neige, the first round of the Canadian Rally Championship early Saturday morning out of Maniwaki, Quebec, north of Ottawa. They will face a near 500 kilometre challenge over the icy forest roads surrounding the Gatineau logging capital. Leader of the Mitsubishi brigade will be returning 2007 event winner Canadian Andrew 'ACP' Comrie-Picard steering an EVO 9 along with his codriver, American Marc Goldfarb. But the series vice-champion will have to look over his shoulder, with stiff competition coming from Peter Thompson, 2005 Canadian champion and Jon Nichols, an all-star veteran, also at the helm of swift EVO machines.
"Canada is no exception to the long standing tradition of Mitsubishi in motorsport," notes Larry Futers, Director, National Marketing for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. "Our brand won a wealth of WRC championships and the last seven Dakar events, the ultimate endurance test in the world. This year, we are implementing a contingency program in the Canadian Rally Championship to show our support to the rally teams using our products. We are confident they can win events and climb regularly on podiums."
Young and promising drivers
Beside the threesome of experts, the Mitsubishi brigade will feature a host of young drivers like Martin and Simon Losier, Mathieu L'Estage and David Legault from Quebec, all driving different EVO generations. Joining them from Ontario will be Francisco Pereira with an open class Lancer. Also Jan and Jody Zedril from Manitoba, last year runner-up crew in P-3 category.
"Our goal with the contingency program, adds Mr Futers, is to help the Mitsubishi teams in their effort to enter those events and award them prizes according with their results. Each will get subsidizes when traveling and entering a national event. Prizes will be awarded for overall standings or class victories. The highest finisher in the series standings will get the Mitsubishi Cup along with 5000$. Finally, promotional items will be given to those competitors. Fans who attend these events will notice the Mitsubishi teams, in the speed stages, in the service areas-- or spraying champagne on the podium!"
First round of the Canadian Rally Championship, the 43rd edition of Rallye Perce-Neige will get underway Saturday morning at 9:30 AM in Maniwaki, Quebec. It will consist of 12 speed stages for 236 km of ice and snow out of a total distance of 485 kilometres. Close to 50 teams are entered and finishers will complete the event around 11:15 PM.