Contact: Lawrence Partington
|Date: September 6, 2003|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ste-Agathe, Que., Canada - Absolution came for Sylvain Erickson, from Gatineau, Quebec, at the Rallye Defi Ste-Agathe today.
Erickson suffered a disappointing loss at the Pacific Forest Rally in Merritt, BC in June. With a 30-second lead going into the last stage of the rally, a crash just 4km from the end gave the win to Tom McGeer of Georgetown, Ontario.
A trouble-free run for Erickson and co-driver Phillipe Erickson at this weekend's Rallye-Defi Ste-Agathe saw them leading the rally by 41 seconds with two stages left to run.
McGeer and co-driver Howard Davies in a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX settled for second this time. But, they managed to close the gap to finish just nine seconds behind the Erickson brothers' 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO.
Rallye Defi Ste-Agathe is the seventh stop of the Canadian Rally Championship sponsored by Subaru and Yokohama. The rally is 400km long and includes 165km of racing special stages on all gravel roads.
With two rallies left of the season, today's points increase McGeer's chances of winning his 6th Canadian Championship.
Brothers Frank and Dan Sprongl in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6 finished third, 45-seconds behind McGeer. Quebec driver Antoine L'Estage was running fourth until he blew the motor in his 1997 Hyundai Elantra on the last stage. Peter Thomson, from Toronto, in a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX took fourth position in the fianl standings.
The next stop on the Canadian Championship is the Rallye International de Charlevoix, October 20-26.
For more information, check out the rally website at www.rallyedefi.com
A complete listing of results is available at www.rallyscoring.com