Press Release

Contact: Michel Poirier-Defoy
Tel: (450) 491-2480
Date: June 29, 1999

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EVENT:Rallye Baie des Chaleurs
LOCATION:New Richmond, Quebec
STATUS: Fifth event in 1999July 2 - 3
STATS: 17 special stages265 Km of speed sections
TOTAL RALLY DISTANCE: 375 KmTwo day event

1999 Standings: Frank Sprongl, 80 points; Sylvain Vincent, 52; Tom McGeer, 40; Yves Barbe, 20; Éric Tremblay, 17; Jeff Smith, 16; Jean-Sébastien Besner, 12; Jean-Marc Alcaraz, 12

Class Leaders: Open: Sprongl; Production GT: Vincent; Group 2: Nichols; Prod. Sport: Mendham, Lévesque; Prod. 1750: Rosenshein, Krawczyk

Leading Marques: Open: Audi; Group 2: Volkswagen; Production GT: Eagle; Prod. Sport: Toyota, Nissan; Prod. 1750: Suzuki, Subaru

July 2 - 3Rallye Baie des ChaleursNew Richmond, QC
Sept. 10 - 12Rally of the VoyageursParry Sound, ON
Oct. 29 - 31Rallye Auto CharlevoixPointe-au-Pic, QC
Nov. 20 - 21Rally of the Tall PinesBancroft, ON
Feb. 2000Rallye de QuebecQuebec, QC
Feb. 2000Rallye Perce-NeigePembroke, ON
May 2000Bighorn RallyHinton, Alberta, AB
May 2000Rocky Mountain RallyCalgary, AB

NEXT RELEASE: Sunday, July 4th
Results and scoring


The Season’s Turning Point

New Richmond, Quebec--- Baie des Chaleurs, one of the most gruelling events in the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship sponsored by Yokohama Tires, is characterised by more than 250 kilometres of special stages on logging roads. In the dead of summer, this dusty New Richmond, Quebec-based rally is not only one of the biggest sporting events in the Gaspé region, but also attracts enthusiasts from as far away as Ontario.

"This is the most compact route in the schedule," said Canadian Association of Rallysport president, Terry Epp. "The furthest away from the rally start is about 40 kilometres; stages are right on the outskirts of town." This is why thousands turn out to watch the Baie event, "its very spectator friendly, with even stands and restaurants along the route," he added.

But the typically hot weather takes a serious toll on rally teams. "Staying hydrated is a real challenge," said Epp. "Co-drivers in particular suffer from nausea. The roads are very twisty, there are a lot of instructions, and it gets extremely hot inside the car – this is probably the hardest event on the co-driver in the championship."

Despite the Sprongls domination of the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship, anything can happen this coming weekend; in Pennsylvania just three weeks ago, their Quattro clipped a tree, resulting in extensive body and suspension damage. While they have won the Mount Washington Hillclimb this weekend, a question mark remains as to its reliability for the two day long Baie event.

For Sylvain Vincent, Dominique Cyr, and their Eagle Talon, 1999 has thus far been a Cinderella story. Primarily self-funded, hard work and harder driving have put the team second in the national standings. But the pressure will be squarely on them in New Richmond. A podium finish will keep them where they are; anything less could mean a drop to third overall behind Tom and Trish McGeer, in their Subaru Impreza WRX. They had good results out West and are ready to clinch their first win this season.

Other regular crews from Ontario, the Maritimes and United States will be there to catch people attention with their driving skills: Each class victory is always hard fought here. Finally, 12 teams from the Gaspé area are also entered and some crews are capable of top performances, as they have done in the past.

The Subaru Canadian Rally Championship is presented eight times this year, between February and November. It is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport and supported by Subaru Canada and Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. Additional information is available from the CARS website at:

CARS (905) 640 6444
Stephan Mostad
Michel Poirier-Defoy (450) 491 2480

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