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Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard, from St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, survived a big rain storm that came through North Central Pennsylvania early Saturday evening to win the 2010 Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) presented by Citizens & Northern Bank.
This is Antoine's second win in three years at STPR in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, and expands his points lead over Nashua, NH's Bill Bacon and co-driver Peter Watt, who finished second in their Mitsubishi Evo IX.
The two favored, factory-backed entries – the Ford Fiesta of Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino and the Subaru Impreza of Dave Mirra/Martin Headland – both failed to complete the rally, leaving the top spots up for grabs for the Mitsubishis. Block was leading the event until he lost his transmission on stage #10, while Mirra went off the road at high speed on stage five, bending both the front and back of the car. Mirra was okay, and co-driver Headland was taken to Wellsboro Hospital with back pain, but was treated and released.
Third was the Subaru Impreza of Ramana Lagemann/Christine Beavis, the highest finishing Subaru (they also won the Super Production class). The one-two finish by Mitsubishi puts a dent in Subaru's chances to defend its manufacturers champion. Their effort was made more difficult by the absence of star Subaru factory driver Travis Pastrana, who is on tour with his MTV Show 'Nitro Circus' in Australia.
Fourth overall and second in Super Production was the Subaru Impreza of Tim Rooney/Jeremy Wimpey, while the Patrick Moro Ole Holter Subaru Impreza was fifth overall and third in Super Production.
Besides Mirra and Block, other DNFs included the Gill/Wright Subaru (engine); Caswell/Donlin BWM (engine); Wiggin/DeMotte VW GTI; and Hanson/Hanson Subaru Impreza (rolled the car).
Thirty-seven cars started the event in Wellsboro onFriday, with 33 cars starting on Saturday and 27 finishing the rally. Results are provided by Rally America and are available on their website at http://www.rally-america.com/events/2010/STPR/. (source: stpr.org)
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