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By Claude Lamoureux / www.flagworld.com
 

This week see’s Isle of Man resident Rob Fagg head west again as he travels to Canada to contest the second round of the Canadian Rally Championship, a series he currently leads following victory on the opening round back in February, the snowy Peirce Neige event. He will team up with former champion Patrick Richard again as the pair compete in the Subaru Canada Impreza on the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs based out of New Richmond.

With just one weeks notice prior to the last round following a late call up, there was an amount of uncertainly for both 34 year old Rob and Pat having never met before they both arrived at the event never mind competed together. Add to that that the event was on snow and ice, a surface that Rob had not competed on before, there were a number of factors against the crew in the early stages.

But despite this they gelled quickly and got to grips with the conditions and by the end of the event they finished on the top spot of the podium to begin the series in the best possible manner and reward all the last minute prep and leave Robert Graham & Co Quantity Surveyors supported Rob very happy indeed.

“The whole experience was amazing although stressful in the early stages with only a week to get everything sorted” explained Fagg. “Martin (Rowe) had the confidence in me to put my name forward to Pat and that gave me great confidence, despite the fact that competing on snow/ice with no studs was a bit daunting. The team had a great event and it was the best possible start to the season.”

But that’s in the past and next up is the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs, a gravel event taking place over two days with 20 stages totalling approximately 160km in the New Richmond area and Rob is very excited to be heading back out to Canada.

“After a brief quiet period follow Peirce Neige I heard from Pat and we discussed the next round and it is great that we have been able to come to an agreement to compete together again” explained Rob, “The preparations have been a lot more laid back compared to the last event and I am really looking forward to working with the Rocket Rally Subaru Canada team again.”

Fagg leaves the island Tuesday evening ahead of his flight out of the UK on Wednesday morning to Halifax in Nova Scotia after a stop over in Philadelphia. But that’s not the end of the travelling with a 6 hour car journey North to New Richmond on Thursday and on arrival its all go with registration for the event and the pre-event reconnaissance on Friday.

With crews allowed two passes of each stage, Richard and Fagg will use this time to once again become acquainted with each other and prepare the pace notes they hope will guide them to another strong points finish.

The event gets under way on at noon on Saturday 29th with the first leg concluding around 4pm. After a 2 hour break crews will resume battle with leg two drawing to a close approx 10:15pm. The third and final leg kicks off at 11am on Sunday with the results due at 4pm.

The main competition will once again be in the shape of reigning champion Antonie L’Estage co-driver by Pat’s sister Nathalie in their Mitsubishi Lance Evo X and Leo Urlichich with Irishman Martin Brady on the notes competing in a Subaru Impreza. Both looking to get their season’s underway following retirement on the opening round.

With a busy second half of the year ahead both in the UK and Canada (not to mention a wedding to fit in!), Rob is keen to hear from anyone who may be able to support him for the remainder of the season.

“I have some great personal sponsors, and really appreciate all of their help, and if anyone was looking for someone to support then I’d really welcome a call.”


Anyone interested can contact Rob on 07624 480101 or by e-mail to
robert@robertfagg.com.

Rob is supported in 2012 by Robert Graham & Co Quantity Surveyors, Nicky Grist Motorsport (www.nickygrist.com) and Fastime Stopwatches (www.astopwatch.com)