Exciting Sanair Rally spells win for Marc Racine Sanair, April 24, 2004 - The 19th edition of the Sanair Rally, second round of the Motul Quebec Rally Cup presented by DMS, was held this Saturday as 33 teams took the start on the Eastern...
Exciting Sanair Rally spells win for Marc Racine
Sanair, April 24, 2004 - The 19th edition of the Sanair Rally, second round of the Motul Quebec Rally Cup presented by DMS, was held this Saturday as 33 teams took the start on the Eastern Townships facility. After a hard fought battle, Marc Racine and Pascal Gadbois from Rawdon took top honours with their Honda Civic.
Ran under sunny skies and cold weather, the event was a true success. Taking the lead in the first stage, Gatineau Sylvain Erickson kept the spectators on their toes until the penultimate stage when his Mitsubishi Evo 4 suffered a puncture and set him back in 15th place. Motul Quebec Rally Cup presented by DMS is especially designed for 2-wheel driven cars and positions were had fought all day long.
In the 2WD class, Marc Racine was in the driver's seat all afternoon. After a stellar performance that saw him touch a tire wall only once, he earned his first career overall win. A very deserving victory for a most talented driver familiar with class wins in regional and national events.
Mathieu L'Estage with co-driver Hughes Cyr took second place overall. A newcomer in the Group 2 Quebec Rally Cup series with a Golf GTi, the 2003 Canadian Rookie of the Year, kept his new car on par. The rest of the season will be highly contested with many teams contending for the coveted 2WD title.
Eric Lapointe, also steering a Honda Civic, completed an only Group 2 podium. Battling with L'Estage stage after stage, Lapointe from Sherbrooke ended 21 seconds short of his rival. Fourth place was a 33-second affaire between Simon Dubé (Golf) and Sylvain St-Pierre (NX2000). St-Pierre from Fermont finally edged the Saguenay driver who earned best Production 3 in the process. Defending champion, David Legault from Ste-Agathe, completes the Top Six list.
22 of the 33 teams entered were vying for the Motul Quebec Rally Cup presented by DMS. The success of this Group 2 series shows the vitality of the discipline in Quebec. The series attracts better drivers event after event. Next round will see competitors return to the Saguenay area after a three-year hiatus. The former rally-sprint event has been upgraded to regional level and will be presented next June 19.
Final Standings (Top Ten) 1) Marc Racine / Pascal Gadbois (Honda Civic) 1:06:34 2) Mathieu L'Estage / Hughes Cyr (V.W. Golf) 1:09:51 3) Eric Lapointe / Shirley Normandin (Honda Civic) 1:10:12 4) Sylvain St-Pierre / Patrick Cyr (Nissan NX2000) 1:10:58 5) Simon Dubé / Louis-Alexandre Dubé (V.W. Golf) 1:11:31 6) David Legault / Alexandre Provost (Ford Escort GT) 1:12:24 7) Sylvain Bazinet / Patrick Piché (Ford Escort) 1:13:08 8) Philippe Jodoin / Mireille Gagné (V.W. Golf) 1:13:21 9) Eric Courchesne / Frederick Prigge (Ford Focus) 1:14:25 10) Yanick Simard / Patrick Deschênes (Pontiac LeMans) 1:14:44