Huber and Vanos Make it Three in a Row

Ryan Huber and John Vanos continued their domination of the 2012 Ontario Performance Rally Championship with a nearly flawless victory at the Galway-Cavendish Forest Rally. Winning all three events they've entered this year the pair have opened up a commanding lead in the six round series.

Overnight rain and scattered showers throughout the day aided in suppressing the usually dusty stage road, but added to several large washouts in the newly added pass through the Parnell Quarry. Despite blistering paces by many top teams, the damp roads prevented anyone from breaking the coveted 5 minute stage time, leaving Chris Martin and Brian Johnson's 2011 record of 4:55.6 safe.

Huber and Vanos maintained a consistent lead throughout the event winning six of the seven stages. The lone exception occurred when the pair attacked a water splash too hard and suffered a misfiring engine for the remaining kilometre of the stage.

Second place finishers Nick and Kelly Mathew were less fortunate, suffering differential issues restricting them to rear wheel drive on stage 4, and a spin on the final run through the quarry.

Ian Crerar and Alan Ockwell rounded out the overall podium edging an impressive push from the novice Tonik team of Jeremy Carle and Logan McAlear.

The 1988 Golf GTI of Sergei Grishechkin and Ksenia Prokofjeva took the win in two wheel drive, after recovering from a nearly disastrous mistake on the final stage that sent them off both sides of the road, before resting undamaged inches from the tree line. Lance Webb and Maxime Vadeboncoeur took second place, while Gary Sutherland and Yevgeniy Gospodinov finished third.

The OPRC continues September 6-8th as part of Rallye Défi in Ste Agathe, Quebec. With Huber and Vanos not planning to enter, their championship lead may be significantly reduced before they next compete at the season ending Rally of the Tall Pines in November.