March 4, 2003
Canadian rally champ wins Quebec rally in a Subaru
Quebec City, Quebec – Reigning Canadian Rally Champion Pat Richard won the Rallye International de Québec, near Québec City. Richard finished more than three minutes ahead of six-time U.S. Champion Paul Choiniere – in spite of running a good part of the last stage on a flat tire.
Andrew Comrie-Picard took third place in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, hard on the heels of Choiniere’s Hyundai Tiburon. Five-time Canadian champion, and current North American title-holder, Subaru’s Tom McGeer, was an early podium contender until transmission problems dropped him into fifh position overall.
“This is probably the most satisfying win of my career,” said Richard. “It was an extremely challenging event and, although I was worried about damage to the differential while running on a flat tire, the car held together!”
Subaru’s John Paynter finished sixth overall, taking first place in the Production Class.
The third event in the 2003 Subaru Canadian Rally Championship is the Bighorn Rally near Edson, Alberta, which begins on May 17th.
For more on the Subaru Canada Rally Team visit www.subarurallyteam.com. More information on the Canadian Association of Rallysport is available at their web site, www.carsrally.ca.