Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

October 05, 2009 12:53 ET

Subaru's Richard and Ockwell Win Pacific Forest Rally

Victory keeps team in hunt for another Canadian Championship

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) -

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Reigning Canadian rally champions Patrick Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell drove their Impreza WRX STI to first place in the Pacific Forest Rally to keep alive their ambitions for another Canadian championship title in 2009. The pair hung on to their lead even after a delay leaving the service area on the second day cost them a 50-second penalty.

Richard's only rival for this year's Canadian driver's championship, Mitsubishi's Antoine L'Estage, finished in second place, while third went to Scott Trinder and co-driver Bill Westhead in their 1995 Impreza WRX. In fact, six of the top ten positions in the rally were claimed by Subaru teams.

"The car ran flawlessly, helping us to lead the rally from start to the finish," said Richard. "We set six new stage records, including one on the infamous Helmer stage, and we're in a great position to fight for the CRC championship at the Rally of the Tall Pines!"

The win keeps Subaru in first position in the Canadian Manufacturers' Championship with a ten point cushion over Mitsubishi while Richard and Ockwell trail L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard by six points going into the final event.

The final and deciding round of the 2009 Canadian Rally Championship will be the Rally of the Tall Pines, November 20-21, near Bancroft, Ontario.



Results for 2009 Pacific Forest Rally
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Pos Car Driver CoDriver Vehicle Class Total Time Novice
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Patrick Alan 2008 Subaru
1 2 Richard Ockwell Impreza WRX STi Open 01:26:12:40
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Antoine Nathalie 2009 Mitsubishi
2 1 L'Estage Richard Lancer Evolution X Open 01:27:23:00
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Scott Bill 1995 Subaru
3 9 Trinder Westhead WRX-RA Open 01:33:45:20
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Simon Francois 2005 Mitsubishi
4 3 Losier Morin Lancer Evo 8 Open 01:34:13.50
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Mark
Jennings- Jennifer 1993 Subaru
5 11 Bates Daly Impreza Open 01:36:54.90
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Jan Jody 2003 Mitsubishi
6 15 Zedril Zedril Lancer ES 4B11 Gr 2 01:39:16.80
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Colin Keith 2006 Subaru
7 10 Armstrong Morison Impreza WRX PGT 01:40:46.90
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Graham Ryan 2002 Subaru
8 18 Bruce Warrington Impreza Open 01:42:06.50 Yes
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Eric Leanne
9 16 Grochowski Junnila 1996 VW Golf Gr 2 01:42:23.50
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2002 Subaru
10 12 Dave Hintz Rick Hintz Impreza WRX Open 01:42:39.80
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