Press Release

Contact: Michel Poirier-Defoy
Tel: (450) 491-2480
Date: February 28, 1999

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EVENT:Rallye Perce-Neige
LOCATION:Pembroke, Ontario
STATUS: Second event in 1999February 26 - 28
STATS: 13 special stages225 Km of speed sections
TOTAL RALLY DISTANCE: 570 KmOne day event

1999 Standings: Frank Sprongl, 40 points; Sylvain Vincent, 30; Yves Barbe, 20; Jean-Sébastien Besner, 12; Tom McGeer, 10; Jon Nichols, Éric Tremblay, 10

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

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

Feb. 12 - 13Rallye de QuebecQuebec City, QCFrank/Dan Sprongl
Feb. 26 - 28Rally Perce NeigePembroke, ON
May 22 - 23Bighorn RallyHinton, AB
May 28 - 29Rocky Mountain RallyCalgary, AB
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

NEXT RELEASE: Tuesday, May 11, 15:00
Bighorn Rally, Hinton, Alta


Sprongl's Take Win Number Two at Perce-Neige Rally

Pembroke, Ontario -- Frank and Dan Sprongl capitalized on excellent driving conditions to take their second win of the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship in Pembroke, this weekend. Warm weather and clear, sunny skies made for excellent grip, which the Mississauga, Ontario-based Sprongls used to their advantage.

"There was great traction," said Frank Sprongl. "The Yokohama Guardex tires were working unbelievably well on the Audi Quattro S2." After 225 kilometres of stages, the Sprongls lead by almost 13 minutes ahead of their closest competitors.

Race for second place
Bad luck plagued pursuants: Tom and Trish McGeer were caught by a patch of ice and on the eighth stage of the rally and their Subaru Impreza WRX went off-roading. Jean-Marc Alcaraz, then running in second with the Import-Expert Mazda, had to forfeit when his co-driver, Cindy Derby, was taken to hospital after she fainted when she became too dehydrated. Montreal's Jean-Sébastien Besner, third in Quebec City two weeks ago, and Barry and Sandra Latreille of Williamstown, Ont., also plowed new roads as their Eagle Talon went off-course.

It was Sylvain Vincent and wife Dominique Cyr, from La Plaine, Que., who ended up the real success story of the weekend. While starting their Eagle Talon on Friday night, the timing belt slipped and eight intake valves were bent in the process. They organised a shipment of parts from Montreal and, working throughout the night, repaired the damaged engine. "We started the engine at 6:30am on Saturday," Vincent said. "I didn't sleep all night." Who needs sleep when you're fast. Vincent rallied to an amazing second place finish, against the odds. Yves Barbe and Gilles Lacroix of Laval, Que., 56 seconds behind, completed the podium finishers.

Nichols gets Group 2 win
A mere 13 seconds behind in fourth place was Jon Nichols of Lachine, Que., with co-driver Mike Koch from Nepean, Ont. They made best of their two-wheel drive RMR Volkswagen GTI to stay in the heat of competition until the very last stage, when Barbe was a bit quicker. Keith Townsend of Toronto in his Toyota and Chris Havas of Vermont in his Volkswagen (VW GTi) rounded the top six finishers. Newcomer Frederick Labrie of Montmagny, Que., was top novice; he finished eleventh overall.

The Subaru Canadian Rally Championship is presented eight times in 1999, 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 Press Officers:
Michel Poirier-Defoy (450) 491 - 2480

Terry Epp, CARS (905) 640 - 6444

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EVENT:  RALLYE   PERCE - NEIGE 					26 - 28 February 1999

 1	Frank/Dan Sprongl		Audi Quattro S2		Mississauga, ON	 Open	147:11
 2	Sylvain Vincent/D. Cyr		Eagle Talon		La Plaine, QC	 GT	159:38
 3	Yves Barbe/G. Lacroix 		Eagle Talon		Laval, QC	 Open	160:34
 4	Jon Nichols/Mike Koch 		VW Golf GTi		Lachine, QC	 GR 2	160:47
 5	Keith Townsend/R. Wood		Toyota Corolla		Toronto, ON	 Open	163:22
 6	Chris Havas/Éric T		VW Golf GTi		Richmond, VT 	 GR 2	166:27
 7	Eric Tremblay/J.F. Guité	Subaru RS 		Quebec, QC 	 GT	169:55
 8	John & Clark Paynter		Subaru Legacy 		Sackville, NS	 GT	174:09
 9	Ted/Lise Mendham 		Nissan Sentra SR	Lyndeborough, NH Sport	176:11
10	Sakis Hadjiminas/B. Maxwell  	Fox Audi Turbo		New York, NY	 Open	177:16

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