La Malbaie (Quebec, Canada), October 16, 2000.- Created in 1987 as a round of the Quebec Rally Cup, the Rallye Automobile Charlevoix kept growing over the years. From a round of the Canadian Rally Championship in 1990 to the North American Rally Cup in 1992, this event has become today the most important economic event to the region.
Renamed Rallye International de Charlevoix this year, the rally is now one of five most important events in auto-racing in Canada, with the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix of Montreal, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières and the CART/Indy series races in Toronto and Vancouver.
The ambitious development of the Rallye International de Charlevoix around the of the World Rally Championship obviously requires an important contribution from sponsors. "Economic Development Canada" has announced a 3 year contribution totaling $340,600 and the "Fond de Diversification de l'Economie de la Capitale" (Quebec National Capital Office) has also announced a $50,000 sponsorship for this year edition of the rally. The organizing committee also wishes to emphasize the presence of commercial partners who make possible the presentation of this major auto-racing event: title sponsor Export "A", Subaru Canada, Yokohama Tire, Tourism Quebec, Toshiba, A.M.L., as well as several other sponsors who will be involved during the event.
A MUCH REVAMPED COURSE ND DRIVERS FROM THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP !
The course of this fourteenth edition is almost completely new because, in answer to a request from international consultants, the organizing committee has removed its traditional asphalt stages and found new forest stages linking the Charlevoix and Saguenay regions. "It is an almost completely new rally which awaits the competitors for the 2000 edition; they will have to go through three days of competition and more than 1,000 kilometres overall", explained Benoît Laberge, president of the organizing committee.
The other big news which is going to interest the dozens of thousand spectators expected in Charlevoix on October 27, 28 and 29, is the list of entries which includes not only the best North American rally drivers as well as a multitude of local competitors, but several Europeans teams.
One of the major attractions is the participation of a European team, Colsoul Rallysport, usually are entered in the World Rally Championship, with a car for former Formula 1 driver Erik Comas, and two for promising Belgian drivers, François Duval (aged 19) and Bob Colsoul. It should be noted that Frenchman Erik Comas will participate in the Rallye International de Charlevoix in preparation for his debut in the World Rally Championship, in Australia, two weeks after Charlevoix. 2 other teams will come from the Republic of Ireland to complete the European presence.
Listed for the first time this year on the international calendar of the F.I.A., Federation internationale de lÕautomobile, which governs auto-racing worldwide, the Rallye International de Charlevoix will be presented from October 27 to 29. The competition will be preceded by three days of course reconnaissance for the 65 competitors entered. Reconnaissance is required by the regulations of the FIA WRC. The Rallye International de Charlevoix is a candidate event for the WRC, perhaps for 2002, and FIA observers will be present during the 2000 edition to assess the Rallye International de Charlevoix.
RALLYE INTERNATIONAL DE CHARLEVOIX EXPORT "A" 2000
- Days of competition: October 27 to 29, La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada Days
- of course reconnaissance by the competitors: October 24 to 26. Rallye
- international Charlevoix on internet: www.rallye-charlevoix.com
- Spectator Information: Official program in Pole-Position Magazine (available in magazine stands everywhere in Quebec since October 13). "Spectator Book" on sale during the week of the rally in the Charlevoix region.