Brandon Semenuk Wins Rocky, L'Estage Retires

Brandon Semenuk won his first ever Canadian Rally Championship event at the Rocky Mountain Rally, while Antoine L'Estage retired just kilometers from the finish.

With John Hall codriving, the pro mountain biker pushed hard throughout the 2 day event to keep up with L'Estage and Alan Ockwell, trailing the Canadian champions by just over 2 minutes.

L'Estage and Ockwell led up until the very last stage of the rally, when a suspension failure forced them off the road and out of the event.

The multiple champion's DNF opened the door for Semenuk, who had been putting on a show in his 2016 Subaru Crosstek, managing to keep pace with L'Estage.

Boris Djordjevic and Martin Burnley looked set for a podium finish, trailing just behind Semenuk through the majority of the rally. But a broken control arm ended their push two stages from the end.

With Djordjevic out, Wim van der Poel and Bryan Lord finished second overall, despite fighting through mechanical problems of their own on day 1.

Local crew Nicholas Spencer and Peter Brook rounded out the overall podium in third, taking home top honours in the Production 4WD category in the process.

Dave Clark and Jamie Willets took home top honours in the 2WD class, while finishing 4th overall in the process - 17 seconds out of a podium finish.

The pair were followed closely by Graham Bruce and Patrick Levesque in their Porsche 911. Rookie crew Adam Jones and Chawna Imber rounded out the category podium in 3rd.

The Canadian Rally Championship returns to action at the end of June, with Rallye Baie des Chaleurs in New Richmond, Quebec.