Three in a Row for L'Estage at PFR

Antoine L'Estage and Alan Ockwell claimed their third consecutive Canadian Rally Championship victory at the Pacific Forest Rally.

The pair conquered unusual conditions, with the Friday night and Saturday morning stages covered in snow and ice, with the later stages being the expected gravel.

L'Estage opted for gravel tires on the tricky, snow covered stages, which proved to be a challenge to navigate with minimal grip.

But he and Ockwell made it through unscathed, and were able to pick up the pace on gravel in the afternoon, pulling away from their closest competitors.

Those closest competitors were the ever-improving Brandon Semenuk and veteran co-driver John Hall. Semenuk was able to stay within striking distance of L'Estage on the snowy morning stages, but was unable to keep up when the ice disappeared.

However, Semenuk and Hall finished on the podium once again in second, proving once again that Semenuk has barely scratched the surface of his potential as a driver.

Leo Urlichich and first-time co-driver Sam Roxon rounded out the overall podium in their production class Subaru.

Like Semenuk, Urlichich was able to keep pace with L'Estage early on, but dropped back on the faster gravel stages in the latter half of the event.

Dave Wallingford and Leanne Junnila finished first in 2WD after a close battle with Jason Bailey and Shayne Peterson.

With Bailey suffering an unfortunate DNF, Dave Clark and Jamie Willetts finished second in class, with Nick Wood and Steve Stevenson rounding out the 2WD podium in third.

The Canadian Rally Championship continues in late November, with the Rally of the Tall Pines in Bancroft, Ontario.