Canadian Rally Championship: Six Subaru Vehicles Finish in Top Ten at Rallye Défi

Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) remains in first position for all three Canadian Rally Championship titles: driver, co-driver and manufacturer after midway point of the season. Six Subaru vehicles finished among the top ten at Rallye Défi, held in Ste-Agathe, QC, on September 11 – 12, 2015. Leading the pack of Subaru finishers was Karel Carré and Philippe Poirier in their Subaru WRX STI, finishing second overall, securing Subaru points for the Canadian Rally Championship (CRC) manufacturer title.

Antoine L'Estage Subaru
Antoine L’Estage Subaru

Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC), piloted by Antoine L’Estage and co-driven by Alan Ockwell, had a very strong event before an unforeseen fuel pressure issue caused the team to retire early. Their pace in the 16 completed stages in the Rocket Rally Racing prepared Subaru WRX STI proved to be impressive as they were able to gain a 1 minute and 17 second lead after winning 13 of 16 completed stages. The Subaru WRX STI ran running flawlessly for 70 percent of the event before the issue transpired. The first day of the event was extremely tight as SRTC was able to finish the day with only a 12-second lead while dealing with very rough road conditions. Early on in the second day of the event SRTC was able to gain some ground after winning every completed stage that day with a constant rain making for very slick surfaces.

“It’s not the way we wanted the rally to end, but sometimes this is how motorsports goes,” said Antoine L’Estage, SRTC driver. “There are positives to take away from this event and we showed great pace – we will regroup and prepare for two good events out west in October. We continue to lead all three Canadian Rally Championships with two wins in three rallies, myself and Alan leading the driver and co-driver championships and Subaru leading the manufacturer championship.”

“We were well positioned and had a good lead to close out the rally,” said Alan Ockwell, SRTC co-driver. “Rocket Rally Racing is going to look into the issue we had in detail and ensure that we come back to the next event, Pacific Forest Rally, stronger than ever.”

“The gruelling road and weather conditions took a toll on many cars and to have that many Subaru vehicles place so well speaks volume to the performance and durability of our products,” said Brian Hyland, Director of Aftersales – Parts Operations for Subaru Canada, Inc.

With two out of three event wins, SRTC still has an advantage in the 2015 CRC titles for driver, co-driver and manufacturer championship and now looking forward to the two western Canadian events. First is Pacific Forest Rally, held on October 23-24 in Merritt, BC, followed by Rocky Mountain Rally the very next weekend in Invermere, BC.

2015 Rallye Défi Results


Driver / Co-Driver




Joël Levac / Stéphanie Lewis

Mini Countryman JCW



Karel Carré / Philippe Poirier

Subaru WRX STI



Jean-Sébastien Besner / Yvan Joyal

Mitsubishi Lancer



Sylvain Vincent / Simon Vincent

Subaru Impreza



Marc Bourassa / Daniel Paquette

Subaru WRX STI



Jeremy Norris / John Hall

Subaru WRX STI



Martin Bruneau / Anthony Bruneau

Subaru WRX



Nicolas Laverdière / Jean-M Tremblay

Honda Civic



Nick Mathew / Kelly Mathew

Subaru WRX STI



Simon Dubé / Aaron Crescenti

Volkswagen Golf GTI