Pacific Forest - The return of Pat Richard
Stouffville, ON, October 11, 2005.- The fifth and penultimate round of the 2005 Canadian Rally Championship, the Yokohama Pacific Forest Rally will be run this weekend in British Columbia.
The recent winner of the last round, the Défi Ste-Agathe/Duhamel, Quebec's Antoine L'Estage (Hyundai Tiburon 4WD) and Toronto's Peter Thomson (Subaru Impreza WRX) are amongst the favourites to clinch victory on the West Coast. The two competitors are also involved in an epic battle for the 2005 Canadian rally title. However, Patrick Richard who has caused a surprise when he decided to compete in the event may well rule their fight.
Patrick Richard, the reigning Canadian, American and North American rally champion is concentrating on the U.S. rallies this season but the British Columbia resident, still co-driven by his sister Nathalie, has decided to contest one Canadian event aboard his Group N Subaru Impreza.
Also to watch this weekend is Norm LeBlanc, another British Columbia resident. During the Rocky Mountain Rally held last May, LeBlanc, the driver of a Subaru Impreza Sti was fighting for overall victory with l'Estage and Thomson when he unfortunately flew off the road. Another competitor who will undoubtedly fight for victory this weekend is American driver Matt Iorio, on a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.8.
In the Group 2 class (two-wheel drive, modified rally cars), Quebec's Jon Nichols and Alberta's Gord Olsen will resume their intense fight for supremacy. At every event, the two talented competitors, both driving VW Golfs GTi battle extremely hard and stage electrifying shows that please the crowd.
The Yokohama Pacific Forest Rally will start at 7:30 pm this Friday, October 14. That night, the special stages will be run around the headquarter of the rally in the town of Merritt, located some three hours East of Vancouver in the Rocky Mountains. The longer and most important stages will be run on Saturday while the arrival is scheduled for 5:30 pm that afternoon. More than 30 teams are entered in this national rally, which will be televised on C.H.U.M. network (ATV Productions). The official web site of the rally is: www.pacificforestrally.com.