Jan Zedril clinches P3 class Szewczyk puts Mitsubishi on the Rocky Mountain podium
Calgary (May 26, 2008) -- The Rocky Mountain Rally lived up to its reputation to be an eventful round of the Canadian Rally Championship. Run over two days in altitude and difficult weather conditions, this year's edition was a true challenge for the Mitsubishi rally brigade. Still, two of its teams made the Top 5 in the final standings and earned two class wins. Zbigniew Szewczyk and Tomasz Karzynski were consistent at the helm of their Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart over the country roads of the Kananaskis and Porcupine Hills, finishing third overall with a Group 5 victory. Simon and Maxime Losier from Quebec finished a convincing fourth in their maiden western rally. Jan and Jody Zedril drove to another P3 class win, widening their lead in the national standings. Unfortunately, veteran leader Andrew Comrie-Picard had to forfeit after he encountered mechanical problems while he was second.
"That was another event where our teams faced difficult conditions", declared Koji Soga - President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, in Calgary. "It was cold out there with rain and fog turning the roads into a drifting fest. We are proud of the performance of our crews, especially the podium earned by Zebe (Szewczyk) and Thomas (Karzynski). Their Lancer Ralliart is underpowered compared to the open class cars and this is quite an accomplishment. Not far behind were Simon and Maxime Losier in their EVO 8: a very strong outing for this young team. With a production Lancer, Jan and Jody Zedril from Manitoba have made P3 class their own and they widen their lead in the standings."
Comrie-Picard and Pereira out of contention Comrie-Picard and Goldfarb were in second place late Friday afternoon when they experienced engine trouble. "It's a shame for them, continued Renz, because they were doing so well. They had just competed in the Oregon Trail the week before and their second place now puts them in the lead in the Rally America championship. The other crew that could not start the Race City stages was Francisco Pereira and Martin Losier: a little off in the long Powderface stage caused their rear suspension to be unrepairable and their day was done. Finally the only female crew, Jen Horsey et Elise Racette, made it to the final stripe and earned second place in the P3 class behind the Zedrils."
"All these teams will earn points for the year-end 5000$ prize fund and the Mitsubishi Cup, adds Mr Renz. Our subsidies and support are just a small token for the tremendous effort they put in running this series."
Next round: Baie des Chaleurs
Third round of the Canadian Rally Championship, the 31st edition of the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs will be held on June 27 and 28 out of New-Richmond in the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. This spectacular event is always well attended by rally fans and will consist of 17 stages totaling 190 kilometres of shier speed around this small community. For further information, please visit the event web site at www.rallyebdc.com.