L'Estage Takes CRC Round One

Maniwaki, QC Rockstar Royal Group's Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard started the 2011 Canadian Rally Championship with a clean victory to take the early lead in the 6 round series.

The 2010 Canadian, American, and North American champion traded stage leads with perennial rival Patrick Richard early, but a penalty and lengthy tire change for Richard would provide L'Estage with the cushion to avoid taking risks. Richard would eventually finish 4th.

2010 winner Bruno Carré and Yvan Joyal continued their calm approach to the icy conditions to place second, while Ugo Desgreniers and Erik Kirby rounded out the podium in 3rd.

The 2011 CRC season continues May 26th in Calgary with the Rocky Mountain Rally.