Reigning Canadian and North American Rally Champions Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard will contest the final two rounds of the Rally America series in an Open Class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, via support from Subaru and John Buffum’s Vermont-based Libra Racing shop.
The Rockstar Energy Rally Team will make their first appearance in the car, an ex-Subaru Rally Team USA car last used by the team in 2010, this weekend at Minnesota’s Ojibwe Forests Rally, and again at the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan later this year.
“After our big accident in the WRC Lancer a few months ago, we were left without a car and looking for something competitive with which we could finish the Rally America series,” exclaimed Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage. “The opportunity arose to drive a Subaru at the final two rounds and Subaru stepped up with support to make it happen. We’re grateful for their assistance and I’m really looking forward to driving this car. We’ve had really great seasons for the past few years with amazing results. This year started off with a win at the Sno*Drift Rally in January and we were hoping that it was a sign of another great season ahead. That didn’t happen in the Rally America series, but we always worked really hard and we’ve now been presented with this great opportunity to finish off the year in a competitive car with the help of Subaru,” he adds.
L’Estage will drive the Rockstar Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the last two rounds of the 2013 Rally America series. The car will be serviced by John Buffum’s Libra Racing with technical assistance from Subaru technical-partner Vermont SportsCar.
The Ojibwe Forests Rally, based out of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, is making a return to the Rally America calendar after a several year absence. L’Estage/ Richard will be competing in the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI for their very first time and both are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity. “It’s been somewhat of an anomaly for us to encounter so many challenges in one championship, in the same year,” said Richard. “We won the last Canadian event at the end of June and we’re now hoping to finish off the Rally America series on a high note.”
The duo currently leads the 2013 North American Rally Cup and good results at these last two events would help increase their lead.
Photos: Neil McDaid.