Rally of the Tall Pines post-race notes

A SUCCESSFUL RALLY OF THE TALL PINES CONCLUDES Bancroft, ON. -- The champagne bottles are empty, the service park is cleared, the workers are packed up, the spectators are heading home and so we come to the end of a tremendously...

A SUCCESSFUL RALLY OF THE TALL PINES CONCLUDES

Bancroft, ON. -- The champagne bottles are empty, the service park is cleared, the workers are packed up, the spectators are heading home and so we come to the end of a tremendously successful Rally of the Tall Pines and the end of the Canadian Rally Championship.

Saturday night in Bancroft, ON saw the crowing of Antoine L'Estage as not only the winner of the Rally of the Tall Pines, but also as the 2006 Canadian Rally Champion. Antoine was in close competition with Matthew Iorio before the event for the Championship however with Iorio withdrawing from the event this meant that Antoine only had to enter the Tall Pines to clench the title. Without the pressure of having to win at all cost, Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard carried on in style and went on to win every stage of the Tall Pines in their Coyote Rally Team turbo charged Hyundai Tiburon.

Starting early last week some of the 225+ volunteers began to arrive in the town of Bancroft to commence preparations for the weekend. By Friday night most of the preliminary work was done and it was time to thank the volunteers with dinner from local Bancroft sponsors Pizza Delight and Tim Horton's. During dinner there were draws for an array of prizes donated by sponsors such as Wayne's World Polaris, Bancroft Rentals, Toyota, Subaru and Leaf Racewear. The grand prize was a kayak donated by competitor and company owner Ian Crerar of ClearWater Designs.

The evening of Friday November 24th saw some of the drivers playing host to members of the media and winning bidders for the ride of their lives through an actual rally stage road at full speed during the nighttime Shakedown stage. Saturday morning started off frosty, cloudy with lots of fog in the air but volunteers, drivers and crews carried on to bring off a great day for the thousands of spectators and the sun joined the largest crowds in Tall Pines history, to provide the warmest weather in recent years. There were close competition throughout the entire day in almost every class. In the end behind L'Estage was the Subaru Impreza of Richard Wong and Dave Shindle who drove a fantastic rally. Third place went to Jean-Paul Perusse and Martin Headland in their Mitsubishi Evo. After the corks were popped on the podium, drivers, crews, volunteers and spectators headed over to enjoy a fantastic dinner provided by BBQ Catering. When appetites were satisfied, and trophies had been awarded it was time for everyone to sit back, relax and reflect on the success of another Rally of the Tall Pines.

The live updates on the web site throughout the day were watched by hundreds of visitors and provide the story of the event for those who missed it. The 2006 Rally of the Tall Pines will be airing in early January, to find out when it will be on television, click on www.tallpinesrally.com

-credit: tallpinesrally.com

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