Press Release

August 20, 2013
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Antoine L’Estage
Coyote Rallye Media Services

Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard
to Campaign Rockstar Subaru WRX STI
in Last Two Rounds of Rally America Season

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — Reigning Canadian and North American Rally Champions Antoine L'Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc) and Nathalie Richard (of Halifax, Nova Scotia) will contest the final two rounds of the Rally America series in an Open Class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, via support from Subaru and John Buffum's Vermont-based Libra Racing shop.  The Rockstar Energy Rally Team will make their first appearance in the car, an ex-Subaru Rally Team USA car last used by the team in 2010, this week at Minnesota's Ojibwe Forests Rally, and again at the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan this fall.  

« After our big accident in the WRC Lancer a few months ago, we were left without a car and looking for something competitive with which we could finish the Rally America series » exclaimed Quebec driver Antoine L'Estage. « The opportunity arose to drive a Subaru at the final two rounds and Subaru stepped up with support to make it happen. We're grateful for their assistance and I'm really looking forward to driving this car.  We've had really great seasons for the past few years with amazing results. This year started off with a win at the SnoDrift Rally in January and we were hoping that it was a sign of another great season ahead. That didn't happen in the Rally America series but we always worked really hard and we've now been presented with this great opportunity to finish off the year in a competitive car with the help of Subaru » he adds. 

L'Estage will drive the Rockstar Subaru WRX STI in the last two rounds of the 2013 Rally America series. The car will be serviced by John Buffum's Libra Racing with technical assistance from Subaru technical-partner Vermont SportsCar.

The Ojibwe Forests Rally, based out of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, is making a return to the Rally America calendar after a several year absence.  L'Estage and Richard will be competing in the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI for their very first time and both are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity « It's been somewhat of an anomaly for us to encounter so many challenges in one championship, in the same year.  We won the last Canadian event at the end of June and we're now hoping to finish off the Rally America series on a high note » shares Rockstar Energy co-driver Nathalie Richard.  The duo currently leads the 2013 North American Rally Cup and good results at these last two events would help increase their lead.

Antoine L'Estage holds five North American championship titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), five Canadian titles (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012), one American title (2010), and thirty-nine overall victories in Canada and the US. Nathalie Richard holds eight overall national championship titles (2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 in Canada and 2004, 2005, 2010 in the US), as well as forty-five overall rally wins on both sides of the border. She also holds a record eight North American Co-Driving Championship titles (2004 - 2012, excluding 2006).

Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard participate in the 2013 Rally America and Canadian Rally Championships with the support of Rockstar Energy Drink, Subaru, Fenetres Concerto, Yokohama Tires, Drenth Motorsport Gearboxes, Énergie Cardio, Formica Group,  Alpinestars, VP Racing Fuels, Exe-Tc Suspensions, Driver's Edge Autosport, and Libra Racing.

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2013 Canadian Rally Championship Calendar
February 2RALLYE PERCE-NEIGEManiwaki, QuébecDNF
June 29-30RALLYE BAIE-DES-CHALEURSNew Richmond, Québec1st
September 6-7RALLYE DÉFISte-Agathe, Québec
October 4-5PACIFIC FOREST RALLYMerritt, British Columbia
November 2ROCKY MOUNTAIN RALLYInvermere, British Columbia
November 30RALLY OF THE TALL PINESBancroft, Ontario

2013 Rally America Series Calendar
January 25-26SNO*DRIFT RALLYAtlanta, Michigan1st
February 22-23100 ACRE WOODSalem, MissouriDNF
May 3-4OREGON TRAILPortland, OregonDNF
May 31-June 1S.T.P.R.Wellsboro, PennsylvaniaAbsent
August 22-23OJIBWE FORESTS RALLYDetroit Lakes, Minnesota
October 18-19LAKE SUPERIOR PRO RALLYHoughton, Michigan

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