From press release
Antoine L'Estage and Alan Ockwell of the Yokohama Canada Rally Team won the Rocky Mountain Rally, a two-day competition on the sinuous roads of eastern British Columbia. The two day event forced competitors to race in varied conditions including wet and slippery roads on the final day of action.
“It was a tough day today,” said L'Estage, who struggled with a flat tire and power steering problems throughout the second day of the rally. “We only had one good stage today. I tried to push as hard as I could to compensate for the problems and it paid off with another victory.”
L'Estage clinched the 2014 driver's championship at the Pacific Forest Rally in October. Ockwell needs just two more points to clinch the co-driver title, having joined L'Estage part way through the season.
Martin Rowe and Nathalie Richard have been working hard to increase the pace of the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI rally car. The Rocky Mountain Rally marks the car's third event and Subaru Rally Team Canada have shown considerable improvement.
The team won three of the stages on the second day and closed the gap to L'Estage and Ockwell.
“We're in a good place and the car has been 100% reliable,” said Rowe. “There are still improvements to be made, but we can focus more on driving the car faster with fewer changes to the setup. The car is really starting to show its potential.”
Following a frustrating start on Friday, Hardy Schmidtkeand John Hall were able to fend off challengers to take the final spot on the podium. The team arrived at the first stage of the rally already suffering from a mysterious oil leak. The car was eventually repaired allowing the team to return to a faster pace.
Rocky Mountain Rally Final Results
1. Antoine L'Estage – Alan Ockwell – one hour, 44 minutes, 57.1 seconds
2. Martin Rowe – Nathalie Richard – 1:45:58.8
3. Hardy Schmidtke – John Hall – 1:55:36.0
4. Alex Kozlov – Martin Matas – 1:58:29.0
5. Boris Djordjevic – Chris Kremer – 2:02:51.3
6. Josh Shewchuk – Keith Morison – 2:08:12.4
7. Nicholas Spencer – John Kesslar – 2:09:30.2
8. Mattiew Perron – Robin Chapelski – 2:10:33:3
9. Graham Bruce – Martin Burnley – 2:13:38.8
10. John Munroe – Spencer Armstrong – 2:16:27.1