"Crazy Leo" Wins the 2017 Rallye Défi !
September 10, 2017.- Held this weekend in and around Montpellier, in the Outaouais region of Quebec, The Rallye Défi celebrated the twenty-fifth edition and its thirty-fifth anniversary since inception. It was also the seventh round of the 2017 Eastern Canadian Rally Championship (ECRC) and an exciting rally that was eventually won by Ontarian Leo Urlichich, co-driven by American Alex Kihurani.
At the wheel of his Subaru WRX STI, "Crazy Leo" dominated the ECRC portion of this event. By the end of a flawless rally, he and Kihurani won with a lead of two minutes and thirty-nine seconds ahead of André and René Leblanc, of Gaspé, also in a Subaru WRX STI. The overall podium was completed by Nicolas Laverdière and Vincent Trudel in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XIII, who also finished second in the Production 4WD class behind Urlichich/Kihurani. Finishing only thirty-six seconds behind the Leblanc brothers, Laverdière/Trudel's strong finish enables them to further close the gap to championship leader Simon Vincent.