Antoine L’Estage and Co-Driver Nathalie Richard have claimed victory in both the New England Forest Rally and the Rally America National Championship by outlasting the likes of Bill Bacon, Travis Pastrana, and Ken Block.
Despite facing a turbo failure in the early stages of the rally Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard are the 2010 New England Forest Rally Champions.
During a press conference held shortly after the winners were announced L’Estage said he felt awesome about the win and he hopes to carry this to an X-Games gold.
Ramana Lagemann and Chrissie Beavis came in a strong second place. When asked which driver worried him the most he answered Burke, but then could only say good things about his competitor.
Coming in third were 19 year old Joseph Burke and Alex Kihurani. The pair ran a remarkable rally with Alex co-driving with a broken arm and a broken ankle. The team lost some time during stage nine after hitting a rock, but managed to maintain a third place finish.
Local Mainer Chris Duplessis placed 2nd in 2-wheel drive and 10th overall, while New Hampshire native Bill Bacon landed 6th overall after facing some technical difficulty.
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