Action from the Rally of the Tall Pines

In part two of our coverage of the Rally of the Tall Pines from Bancroft, Ontario we move out of the service area to cover the action happening on the course.

For rally fans, one of the favourite daytime spectator locations is the Iron Bridge. Rally cars pass through this area throughout the day and the course allows the drivers to get into a good rhythm. The narrow bridge itself challenges the drivers coming off a long straight away into a hard right turn and provides excitement for the fans.

Iron Bridge Spectator Area at the Rally of the Tall Pines

Iron Bridge Spectator Area at the Rally of the Tall Pines

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1978 Datsun 280Z

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Patrick Marcoux and co-driver Chantal Villeneuve

Further down the course is where the bulk of the spectators watch the action. At this point the drivers are coming off a long downward slope into a right turn, providing the opportunity for some power sliding.

Action from the Rally of the Tall Pines 2012

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The final results of this year’s Rally of the Tall Pines were as follows:

Patrick Richard from Squamish, BC and co-driver Alan Ockwell from Toronto, ON driving their 2008 Subaru WRX STI placed first with a time of 1:46:18. This is despite suffering two flat tires and brake damage that caused a fire.

This was closely followed by Antoine L’Estage from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC and Nathalie Richard from Halifax, NS in their 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X in a time of 1:50:56.1. Antoine and Natalie were also crowned overall Canadian Rally Champions having won four out of the six rallies in 2012.

Finally, Ugo Desgreniers from Orford, QC and co-driver Erik Kirby from Sherbrooke, QC rounded out the top three with a time of 1:52:39.1.

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The Rally of the Tall Pines is a well run event, with exciting action and the opportunity to get up close to the drivers and the vehicles in the Service Area. The town of Bancroft and its residents are wonderful hosts, which makes it a great stop on the Canadian Rally Championship circuit.

Team RedlineNorth looks forward to all of the CRC action in 2013 starting with the Rallye Perece-Neige Maniwaki, in Maniwaki Quebec on February 2nd, 2013

Taming the Tall Pines 2012 – Part 1

This past weekend, Team RedlineNorth headed to beautiful and tranquil Bancroft, Ontario, Canada to experience the sights and sounds of the annual Rally of the Tall Pines. As the official final stage in the Canadian Rally Championships, Rally of the Tall Pines is home to a very competitive atmosphere as race results are critical to winning the national championship.

Action from Rally of the Tall Pines

The Canadian Rally Championship is comprised of six events held nationwide in a season that extends from February to November. The series is presented by Subaru Canada, supported by Yokohama Tire Canada and officially sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS). The all-season motorsport sees drivers and their co-drivers take modified road cars to the limit as they achieve blistering speeds over closed-road courses that typically cover more than 150 kilometers of gravel, dirt or snow-covered roads.

Rallying is one of the most grueling and difficult of all the motorsports since it combines both driving ability and technical know how as teams must make repairs to the cars on the fly in between the various stages. To be successful, a team must have a skilled and fearless driver along with an experienced navigator who can read the maps and communicate instructions seamlessly to the driver. In addition, teams also need to have  talented mechanics and technical support staff to be able to repair the vehicles in order to continue through the multiple stages. Here is a glimpse of the action from the service area after the first stage on Saturday.

And this year did not disappoint fans once again, as it was another close race that saw Patrick Richard and Alan Ockwell’s Subaru edge out Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard’s Mitsubishi for the victory. However, the championship was not on the line since Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard had officially been crowned the 2012 Canadian Rally Champions with their victory at the 2012 Pacific Forest Rally in BC in mid October. Nevertheless, the event was well attended by both local and regional fans along with rally enthusiasts from all over who come to Bancroft to experience Canadian rally racing in its finest form.

Be sure to keep reading the blog as we will be publishing a follow up story soon.

See here for more information on the Rally of the Tall Pines and to check out the final results.


Rally of the Tall Pines Preview

From November 23rd-24th the annual Rally of the Tall Pines will take place in Bancroft, Ontario about 2.5 hours North East of Toronto.  The Rally of the Tall Pines is the sixth and final leg of the 2012 Canadian Rally Championship season. This year RedlineNorth will be covering the 42nd running of the rally and taking in all the twists and turns throughout the day.

Here are some pictures from past Rally of the Tall Pines.

Service Area

Rally of the Tall Pines

Rally of the Tall Pines