February 4, 2005

Canadian Rally Championship kicks off on Saturday

Stouffville, Ontario – The 49th season of the Canadian Rally Championship will begin this coming Saturday in Maniwaki (Haute-Gatineau, Quebec) with the presentation of the Rallye Perce-Neige.

Despite some uncertainty last Fall caused by Subaru’s withdrawal as official sponsor, the Canadian Championship is back in force with an impressive list of entries for the opening round of the 2005 season. Amongst the favourites appear Antoine L’Estage and his co-driver, Yanick Napert of Quebec. The duo from St. Jean-sur-Richelieu will be driving a 4WD Hyundai Tiburon prepared by the famed American rally ace John Buffum. L’Estage and Napert – the winners of the final round of 2004 and who ranked second in the final standings last year – are very well prepared and fully confident to perform very well in Maniwaki.

This will mark the 40th edition of the Rallye Perce-Neige. The start will be given downtown Maniwaki, Saturday February 5 at 10 o’clock in the morning. The event will finish around 6:30 pm after 315 kilometres of competition. The results will be available live on the web at www.rallyscoring.com.

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