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2015 Subaru WRX STI gets pushed to new limits at Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs

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Rally Racing Topics:  Subaru Impreza, Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs

2015 Subaru WRX STI gets pushed to new limits at Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs

Denis Flierl, TorqueNews
July 7, 2015 (08:41)

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI rally car gets another victory at Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs. How did the 2015 STI rally car perform?

Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs
Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) says the entire team was pushing the 2015 Subaru WRX STI and themselves to new limits. It was the second Canadian Rally Championship (CRC) event of the 2015 series. The event took place in New Richmond, Quebec, on June 27-28.

SRTC is finding out they can be pushed beyond what their current comfort levels are and what they thought the 2015 Subaru STI could do. The rally car continues to be fine-tuned along with what Antoine L’Estage, SRTC driver, and Alan Ockwell, SRTC co-driver, thought they could do.

Comfort levels are pushed to the extreme

As comfort levels and precision build of the WRX STI continues to be pushed, the team finds out what they are capable of doing. “It has been a while since I’ve pushed a vehicle to that limit, the car was absolutely flawless and had no issues besides a small electrical problem early on day one,” said L’Estage.

L’Estage and Ockwell won the battle at Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs, but it didn’t come easily. The team won the rally by a three-minute and 25-second margin, but it didn’t accurately portray what happened. It was a hard fought battle the entire weekend and SRTC added two and a half minutes to their winning time in the last four stages of the event. Out of a total of 13 stages L’Estage and Ockwell were victorious in 10 and won every stage on the second day of the event.

They pushed the 2015 Subaru WRX STI rally car to its extreme limits and found out just how good this car is. Ockwell said, “In some instances we were absolutely full speed with nothing left and we’re able to push that hard knowing that the Subaru WRX STI is working brilliantly. We know it’s reliable, we know it’s solid, and that allows us to move our focus on improving the performance a little here and there.”

Sometimes you need to get out of a comfort zone and push harder than you thought was possible. SRTC found out the drivers and the 2015 Subaru WRX STI can push to the extremes and leave nothing left. They win their second rally and are currently in first place for the CRC title. Next up is Rallye Defi September 11-12 in Ste-Agathe, Quebec. Stay tuned.

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