Rocky Mountain: Coyote Rallye preview

HEADING WEST TO MAINTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Montreal (Quebec), May 25, 2009.-- Quebec driver Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard, both of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), will take to the start of Calgary's Rocky Mountain Rally on...

HEADING WEST TO MAINTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Montreal (Quebec), May 25, 2009.-- Quebec driver Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard, both of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), will take to the start of Calgary's Rocky Mountain Rally on May 29th and 30th. This is the second round of the Canadian Rally Championship, which is currently led by L'Estage and Richard following their victory at the Rallye Perce-Neige earlier this season. L'Estage and Richard, two-time Canadian and North American champions, will once again be at the wheel of their 2009 Rockstar/Royal Group Mitsubishi Evo X.

Already twice victorious at the Rocky Mountain Rally, an event renown for its fast gravel roads often covered in snow or mud, Antoine L'Estage arrives as the championship leader. " Nathalie and I know this rally well and we're both very confident. " indicates the Quebec driver, who relies on a well-prepared car by rally legend John Buffum, as well as Yokohama tires specifically suited for these challenging conditions. " It's a rally that's always full of surprises. It could just as easily be warm and sunny as it could be cold with a foot of snow or muddy and hailing! I like the challenges that Mother Nature imposes on us and I perform well on difficult roads. " L'Estage adds " I won't be disappointed if it rains but the long-term forecast is calling for nice weather. We're car number one and as first car on the road, we'll be at a disadvantage as we sweep the thin layer of gravel for the teams behind us. " he confides.

The Rocky Mountain Rally starts at noon on Friday, May 29th at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta and concludes Saturday evening. This rally marks the end of the Canadian Rally Championship's longest break of the year with almost three months since the Rallye Perce-Neige in February, an event that saw the L'Estage/Richard duo victorious in their Rockstar/Royal Group Mitsubishi Evo Lancer X's maiden outing.

Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard participate in the 2009 Canadian Rally Championship with the proud support of Rockstar Energy Drink, Royal Group, Mitsubishi Canada, Yokohama Tires, Mobil, Energie Cardio, Libra Racing, OMP Racewear, and MBF Racing. For more details on the team or general rally information, please visit the Coyote Rallye Website.

-credit: cr

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Series Other rally
Drivers Antoine L'Estage , Nathalie Richard , John Buffum