2022 is in the Books
Tall Pines 2022 is in the books and what a great event it was. We saw the return of spectators and our VIP program, and the competitors gave them a great show in near-perfect weather. The overall winners, Jerome Mailloux and Philippe Poirier, battled all day with the team of Alexandre Moreau and Ian Guite, each team recording stage wins in their Subarus throughout the day. Olivier Martel and Vincent Hubert kept the pressure on them. The roads proved to be the challenge, with some snow-covered trails, some hard-packed gravel, and some icy patches in the shady areas thrown in for good measure. In the 2-Wheel Drive championship, Kurtis Duddy and Mattieu Toupin in their 2004 Nissan Sentra took a commanding win over Charles Hammer and Guillaume Dozois in their 1984 Volvo 242, who held off Crawford New and Zvonmir Bracika. In Production 4WD class, Trevor Pougnet/Ryan Rouleau had a terrific battle with Matt Ballinger/Gary Sutherland all event, eventually taking the class win by a razor-thin 1.4 seconds!
Our title sponsor, Lincoln Electric, generously donated a state-of-the-art welder to the overall winners, plus welding helmets to the top 2WD, Production 4WD, and Production 2WD teams. Kawartha Metals was a big supporter of the rally, as the sponsor of the rally tracking equipment, that allowed spectators to follow their teams through the day.
Many thanks to the Town of Bancroft, who welcomed the rally with their hospitality and assistance.