Five more teams will be entering open-class EVO rally cars; some of which will be looking to finish in the Top 5. Synchro Racing will back the Losier family including Simon in his EVO VIII, partnered with veteran Brian Maxwell, and Martin steering his EVO V with Patrick Losier. Regular championship fixtures Ian Crerar and Doug Draper are also back in action in a new Lancer EVO IX.
Rounding out the Brigade will be Michelle Laframboise, the only female driver contesting the event, with returning co-driver Dean Hopkins in their EVO 4. In addition, the Mitsubishi Brigade welcomes the Connecticut-based novice crew of Alvin Fong and Billy Machin aboard another EVO IX.
"Winter events are always unpredictable because of the nature of roads. But our crews have done extremely well in the past at this event, taking victories in six of the last eleven rounds", mentioned Mr. Kenji Toh, VP Sales/Marketing & Corporate Planning for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. "These teams are starting a fresh new season and we wish them the best and hope they do as well as last year."
Rallye Perce-Neige: profile
First round of the season, the 47th running of the Rallye Perce-Neige will start Saturday morning in downtown Maniwaki at 9:00 am with teams heading for a 14-hour ice and snow fest on back roads. They will tackle more than 500 kilometers encompassing 16 speed sections for a total of 244 kilometres, making it the longest and most challenging round of the year. Friday, competitors will travel the stage roads at low speed to record pace notes before a charity fundraiser shakedown takes place in the evening. More information is available at www.rallyeperceneige.com.