Mitsubishi Brigade at Rally DÃ©fi : turning point of the season Toronto, September 7, 2010 - The Canadian Rally Championship will reach a turning point this weekend when the next round on the calendar, Rallye DÃ©fi, takes to the forest roads in...
Mitsubishi Brigade at Rally Défi : turning point of the season
Toronto, September 7, 2010 - The Canadian Rally Championship will reach a turning point this weekend when the next round on the calendar, Rallye Défi, takes to the forest roads in the Quebec Laurentians. For the occasion, the Mitsubishi Brigade will star seven high profile teams in the 35-car grid. Vying for a second victory this season after Rocky Mountain and already crowned North American and Rally America champions, Antoine L'Estage and codriver Nathalie Richard from
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, will start first on the road Friday afternoon in their 2009 Lancer Evolution. Returning winners of Défi, they will try to add another victory to the long list of their achievements in order to improve their position in the season standings. All expecting a podium finish, Synchro Team has entered three Lancer EVOs for three members of the Losier family : Simon will team up with veteran codriver Brian Maxwell in his EVO VIII from the 5th place on the grid. Martin with Patrick Losier will launch his EVO V from 12th position while Maxime will steer another EVO VIII in company of Philippe Poirier from 17th place. The lead for the Mitsubishi Cup is up for grabs and each will try to score a maximum of points. Simon Losier and Antoine L'Estage were recipients of the Cup in the last two years.
Three more teams will be looking for two-wheel drive class victories. Winnipeg Jan and Jody Zedril have truly dominated that category for the last years. They are 2009 Défi returning winners, have won the last two rounds in their class and are leading the season standings.
Expect a fight to the wire in the Production Sport class between two stock Lancer models : Jeffrey Dowell and Yavor Klostranec in their 2009 Lancer will try to edge again the rookie team of Grant Riddell and Sebastian Fudalej in a similar car. Last June, Dowell inched his way ahead of Riddell by a mere two minutes after two days of hard driving and is leading his class at the halfway mark in the championship.
"We are very happy with the numerous successes our teams have collected this season, in a motorsport discipline where the margin between winning and losing is so slim", said Koji Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. (MMSC). "We are anxious to see how our teams will do in this event that remains one of the toughest in the season but we are confident they can repeat their latest successes."