Mitsubishi Brigade attacks the Pacific Forest Rally
Toronto, Ontario (October 15th, 2008) -- The fifth round of the Canadian Rally Championship will have more than thirty cars competing around the small community of Merritt, British-Columbia who will host the Pacific Forest Rally this coming weekend, October 17 and 18. For this western challenge, Mitsubishi will support six teams representing local entries and Quebec teams. The Mitsubishi Cup leaders, Simon and Maxime Losier will be one of three open class Lancer Evolutions looking for a place on the podium. They will be joined by the Synchro Mitsubishi team of Rejean Losier and Philippe Poirier in their EVO 8. Newcomers from Alberta, Mike Elhard and Rahul Jarath are entering their maiden event in the national series.
Local favorites Zbigniew Szewczyk and Tomasz Karzynski in the cockpit of their Group 5 Lancer Ralliart still have a chance to win their class but they have to triumph this weekend. In order to do so, they must beat strong opposition from Krystian Ostrowski and Voytek Stywryszko in a Mitsubishi Eclipse. Finally, Jan and Jody Zedril, already North American and American Production champions, could very well lock in their first Canadian title.
"A quick look over the season standings shows seven Mitsubishi products in the Top 12 in Canada. I'm very proud of our teams who brilliantly represent Mitsubishi", comments Peter Renz, National Marketing Manager for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN). "This is a clear statement about our rally program and the determination of our drivers and their teams. We realize this sport is very demanding and the calendar has the teams traveling across the country a few times every year. On the other hand, we have already added some 2008 titles to our long history of championships in rallies and we hope the Pacific Forest event will be as successful."
The fifth round of the Pacific Forest Rally will start out of Merritt, BC, a small industrial community about three hours northeast of Vancouver. After the usual road recce, the teams will take to the forest roads Friday at 5:30 pm for the first leg of the event until 11:30. Night will be short because the start of the second leg is set for 10:00 am until late afternoon at 6:00 pm. Out of the scheduled 460 km route, some 155 will be special stages on closed roads.
"This is my first time in BC, states Simon Losier, and I am really looking forward to this event. I have been fortunate to be able to enter all the events this year due to the Mitsubishi Rally program, since we have to get the cars ready and travel the country back and forth. I will give it my best shot to step up on the podium and add more points to the Mitsubishi Cup standings."