Sylvain Vincent Dominates Lanark Highlands Forest Rally

It was a record breaking day for Sylvain and Simon Vincent at the third round of the Ontario Performance Rally Championship - the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally. The pair won every single stage of the rally, ahead of second placed Ryan Huber and co-driver John Vanos, no slouches in their own right, by 1 minute and 38 seconds - a margin of around 16 seconds per stage.

If that wasn't enough, Sylvain broke the overall course records in each direction on stages A2 and A3 of the rally, beating Chris Martin's previous marks from 2011 in his 1994 Subaru Imprezza.

Ryan Huber drove a clean rally to finish a solid second place without any visible problems. After the rally, he remarked that he simply could not match the speed of the Vincents.

Rounding out the 4wd Open Class podium were Simon Leclerc and navigator Vincent Allard, in another 1990s-era Subaru Impreza, after driving a very respectable rally of their own.

For second OPRC round in a row, the Evo IX of Michelle Laframboise and Elise Racette failed to finish after suffering a transmission failure - reportedly due to a lack of oil - on just the second stage of the rally. Jeremy Norris also ran into trouble on stage A2, rolling out of third place in nearly the same spot as he went off the road at last year's event. Luckily, both he and co-driver John Merry emerged unscathed.

Martin Walter and Ferd Trauttmansdorff were the highest-placed 2wd car in their Group 5 Nissan 240SX. The 2wd Open category went to Sergei Grishechkin, who was absolutely flying in his 1998 VW Golf GTI. Andrew Kulikowski and Derek Vincent finished runners-up in their 2003 Focus, but their teammate had no such luck, as Gary Sutherland was forced to retire after facing brake issues.

The following round of the Ontario Performance Rally Championship, the Black Bear Rally runs from July 12-13 in Bancroft Ontario, and will be the next major rally in Eastern Canada after the popular Rallye Baie des Chaleurs at the end of June.