FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2002
Contact: Andrew Havas,
Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA -- Bertrand Godin, a popular French-Canadian motorsports personality, has successfully finished his first ever stage rally with co-pilot Eric "T". A fierce storm the night before the start of this year's Rallye de Quebec left more than 30cm of fresh snow over previously icy stages. Conditions proved unusually treacherous for the drivers, as well as officials and crews who had to brave the conditions in bitter -20C temperatures.
Brought in as a guest driver for the rally, Godin was under close scrutiny. People wanted to see just how this popular road-racer would fare in such a difficult rally! To many observers surprise, the former F3000 pilot showed remarkable skill and scored top ten overall times on 9 of 14 special stages, including 5th overall on SS10 (Rang Saguenay Sud).
Thanks in part to pace notes compiled by Andrew Havas and Eric "T", Godin was able to run an impressive 5th overall, and 1st in class P4 after ten stages! Havas and the Team Havspeed support crew engineered the JRP/Acadia Subaru for the weekend, and their hard work was integral to the effectiveness of Godin's showing.
The event was not without drama for the team, as the Subaru became caught in a snowbank late in the rally, and with time penalties, the dropped to 11th overall and 3rd in class in the final classification.
"Bertrand did an incredible job to simply finish this rally, a task that many much more experienced rally teams could not accomplish." said Havas afterwards. "The fact that he led P4 in a non-turbo car, and was running 5th is testimonial to a great performance... it was a pleasure for myself and the team to work with Bertrand this weekend, and we hope to see him rallying again soon."
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