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Press Release - May 6, 2018

Photo: Mélanie Drolet

Jean-Sébastien Besner and Marc-André Lamontagne
Win the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally !

May 6, 2018.- After a three-month hiatus, this weekend, the East Coast Rally Championship (ECRC) presented the second of eight rounds that make up the 2018 season.  On magnificent  forest roads southwest of Ottawa, Quebeckers Jean-Sébastien Besner and Marc-André Lamontagne drove their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to victory at the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally.

The thirteen teams entered in this springtime event saw Quebec competitors monopolize the overall  podium. Joining the Besner/Lamontagne duo on the highest step were Marc Bourassa, co-driven by Élise Racette in second place with their Subaru WRX STI, followed by Philippe Benoît/Jonathan Desgroseillers, who were also the event’s two-wheel drive winners with their Mini Cooper S. 

For Bourassa/Racette, the eventual gap behind Besner/Lamontagne was 44.7 seconds, which included a 20 second penalty Bourassa/Racette received for checking in late at the first service area (due to brake problems). Despite this penalty, the battle for first place remained tight throughout the event’s ten competitive stages.  As for Benoît/Desgroseillers, their exceptional performance resulted in a lead of more than six minutes over their closest two-wheel drive rivals. 

In fourth spot overall were winners of the Production 4 wheel drive class, Ontarian Laurens Wit, co-driven by American Philip Barnes in a Subaru WRX STI. The Ontarian driver, and winner of last year’s Black Bear Rally, also had an excellent event, finishing ahead of the Open class cars of Benjamin and Jonathan Drake (Subaru WRX STI) and Alexandre Ouellet/Joey Delisle (Subaru également), who rounded out the Top 6. 

In the 2 wheel drive class, in addition to winners Benoît/Desgroseillers, Michael Ketchum and Savannah Kovacs (Mazda 323) took home the Production 2 wheel drive honours  and finished second in overall 2 wheel drive ahead of David Koyter and Thomas Bye (VW Scirocco 2WD Open class). In total, eight teams completed the event. 

The Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC) is comprised of eight rounds this season, spread out between Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes.  The Black Bear Rally, next event in the calendar, will take place again in Ontario, on June 23rd, in Catchacoma.

For more information, please visit www.ecrc-crec.ca

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