Antoine L’Estage dominates snowy Rocky Mountain Rally

Antoine L'Estage/Nathalie Richard - Picture by Andrew Harvey Photography.

Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard (Ste-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) charged to an early lead at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Rally, and continued to build their lead to the finish despite harrowing conditions that forced organisers to change the schedule for Saturday’s stages. The Calgary based Rocky Mountain Rally is the second round of the Canadian Rally Championship, presented by Subaru and supported by Yokohama.

“We had the perfect Yokohama tires for the event,” said L’Estage, driver of the Rockstar EVO X. “We took mud tires for the first stages and built a big lead that we kept through the rally. It is our first win since last year, so it feels fantastic.”

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Q&A: Matteo Braga – Pirelli’s senior WRC tyre engineer

Matteo Braga (left) - Picture by Pirell.

Matteo Braga is Pirelli’s senior World Rally Championship tyre engineer. He explains some of the challenges encountered by the Italian tyre firm on Rally de Portugal. Continue reading Q&A: Matteo Braga – Pirelli’s senior WRC tyre engineer

Pirelli celebrates a new French King in Portugal

Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassi - Picture by Pirelli.

While there is some debate about when France came into existence, records suggest the country has crowned a total of 76 kings. In the World Rally Championship, for which Pirelli is the official tyre supplier under a three-year agreement with motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA, there have been two French ‘kings’ or, rather, world champions: Didier Auriol and Sebastien Loeb. Continue reading Pirelli celebrates a new French King in Portugal

Bizarre ‘re-tyre-ment’ for Basil Read/bizhub Ford Team on Rally of South Africa

Charl Wilken/Greg Godrich - Picture by Dave Ledbitter.

The Basil Read/bizhub Ford Fiesta made a welcome return to the Sasol SA Rally Championship in time for round 4 of the series, the Rally of South Africa in Ermelo, but it was to be another event that caused frustration for the team, but still pointed to the team’s competitiveness on day 2, which bodes well for the second half of the season that kicks off in late July.

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Cronje and Schoeman out of luck in Rally of South Africa

Gavin Cronje/Van Aardt Schoeman - Picture by Motorpics.

Gavin Cronje’s baptism in the Sasol National Rally Championship continues to be a frustrating affair, but the talented and versatile motor sportsman refuses to let the cold water dampen his enthusiasm. Continue reading Cronje and Schoeman out of luck in Rally of South Africa

Johnny Gemmell wins Rally of South Africa for Castrol Team Toyota

Johnny Gemmell/Drew Sturrock - Picture by Motorpics.

Johnny Gemell took his Castrol Team Toyota Auris S2000 to a superb win in challenging conditions in the Rally of South Africa on the 28th and 29th May. The Toyota RunX S2000s of JP Damseaux and Fernando Rueda filled the third and fourth positions overall to secure the Manufacturer’s Award for Toyota.

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Evans breaks Jim Clark Rally duck in style

Gwyndaf Evans/Chris Patterson - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X - Picture by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

A delighted Gwyndaf Evans and Chris Patterson broke their Jim Clark International Rally duck in style this weekend, taking victory on the all asphalt third round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship. Continue reading Evans breaks Jim Clark Rally duck in style