Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

September 11, 2008 11:04 ET

Subaru's Pat Richard Claims Victory at Rallye Defi

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire – Sept. 11, 2008) - Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell set an unrelenting pace in their 2008 Impreza STI to finish first at this year's Rallye Defi in Ste-Agathe.

Second place in Ste-Agathe went to Bill Bacon and Peter Watt in their Mitsubishi EVO IX. Craig Henderson and Lyne Murphy of St-Constant, Québec, driving their Subaru Impreza WRX finished in third place. Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard were on pace for a podium finish until an engine failure in their Hyundai Tiburon put them out of the contest.

"It's great to have won of course, but I was really looking forward to battling with Antoine on the longer stages, so I'm disappointed they weren't able to finish," said Richard. "It was a tough event - a lot of entries weren't able to finish - so it was as much a victory over this rugged course as it was over the other cars and drivers."

The top place finish takes Richard to an almost unbeatable 80 points in the battle for the championship, with just two races left in the Canadian series while Subaru leads the Manufacturers Championship by 20 points over Mitsubishi going into the final two events.

The Canadian Rally Championship is comprised of six events across Canada between February and November. The next event is in Merritt, British Columbia-the Pacific Forest Rally, October 17-18, 2008.

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