Montreal rally competitors Joël Levac and Stéphanie Lewis took advantage of the Subaru Canada entry to score their first national win in their ex-WRC, Prodrive MINI at the 2015 running of the Rallye Défi.
Fan favourites to win, Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell in the championship leading Subaru entry, failed to complete the rally when an electrical issue caused a lack of fuel pressure.
Many rally supporters in this country are concerned for the health of the sport, as only 21 cars started the rally and just 14 of those finished. Canadian rally legend Frank Sprongl went so far as to say “What’s wrong with the sport?!? I think it’s on a dramatic downhill slide and won’t recover” in a Facebook post.
While some point to the huge costs involved in stage rallying, I spoke with Stuart Hoo of Can-Jam Racing during the Ontario 1500 and he is quick to remind that the sport has a history of ebb and flow when it comes to entry lists and are confident that rally will make a resurgence.
We will follow up with Sprongl and Hoo at Tall Pines later this Fall.
Check out the highlights and podium interviews from Defi.