Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

October 21, 2008 11:51 ET

Subaru's Pat Richard Clinches Canadian Championship at Pacific Forest Rally

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire – Oct. 21, 2008) - Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell fought their way back from last position in the Pacific Forest Rally (the result of mechanical problems) to finish third-and claim first place in the 2008 Canadian Rally Championship.

In an extremely challenging rally that eliminated many experienced drivers, Richard and Ockwell clearly demonstrated a will to win by consistently scoring at or near the top times for every stage on the final day. The result was an impressive third position in the Open class, behind winners Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard in a Hyundai, and Gord Olsen and Todd Patola in a 2004 Subaru WRX.

"We knew it could come right down to the final stages, and we decided that we would just give it everything we had," 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. We did what we needed to get to the podium, and it's great to have the championship. We're really thrilled, and it's awesome for Subaru."

The next event on the Canadian Rally Championship will also be the last for 2008. The Rally of the Tall Pines will take place in Bancroft, Ontario, on November 22nd.

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