Press Release

Contact: Michel Poirier-Defoy
Tel: (450) 491-2480
Date: May 19, 1999

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EVENT:Rally Bighorn
LOCATION:Hinton/Edson, Alberta
STATUS: Third event in 1999May 22-23
STATS: 19 special stages185 Km of speed sections
TOTAL RALLY DISTANCE: 585 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, ONFrank/Dan Sprongl
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: Sunday, May 23
Results and scoring


Battle in Subaru Rally Championship moves to Alberta

Bighorn has always been a pivotal rally in the battle for top spot. But this year, as the third event in the 1999 Subaru Canadian Rally Championship, it’s going to be crucial. The Hinton, Alberta rally was the exclusive playground for the Sprongl brothers in their Audi Quattro S2, the McGeer couple in their Subaru Impreza WRX, and the late Carl Merrill in his world rally Ford Escort Cosworth.

There’s a new competitor to fill the void Merrill has left: Sylvain Vincent. And if the sponsorship offers are any indication, Vincent and his co-driver Dominique Cyr (both of La Plaine, Que.) are well on their way to an outstanding and competitive year in the Championship.For the two western events, the team’s Eagle Talon will be shod with Yokohama tires, a deal announced recently. Subaru has also upped the ante by promising the team a full rally prepped Subaru 2.5 RS after the western events are complete. Vincent and Cyr, up until now, have worked without major sponsorship and have fought hard to earn their second place in the standings. The generosity of both Yokohama and Subaru prove that rally is one of the best supported sports in Canada; both companies have rewarded hard work and hard driving which are crucial elements of any success of rally team.

19 stages of changing conditions Bighorn competition.may not be match for the weather this year. The forecast calls for rain, meaning normally dry, dusty roads will be turned into slippery paths of mud. The rally course is made up of 19 special stages and 185 kilometres of speed sections for a total of 590. Rally organiser Dave Sharp, says it’s not abnormal to see dust in the first stages, mud in the middle sections, and snow by the end of the rally. changeable conditions are typical for this event.

A whole host of competitors from Alberta, British Columbia, and even Nova Scotia promise to shake up the regulars from Ontario and Quebec. Barry and Sandra Latreille (Cornwall, Ont.) in their Eagle Talon, Eric Tremblay (Sillery, Que.) in his Subaru RS, and Jean Marc Alcaraz (Levis, Que.) in his Mazda, are just some of the old rally hands registered to run. At Bighorn, they’re going to have to deal with the likes of John Paynter (Halifax) in his Subaru Legacy, Gord Olsen (Edmonton) in his Golf GTI, Janusz Komorowski (Calgary) in his Mazda 323, and Paul Westwick (Vancouver) in his Toyota Celica.

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

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

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