For the first time in North American rally history the organizers have allowed WRC spec studded tires. Pirelli has signed a three year supplier contract with a Canadian rally series “Championat Rallye Quebec” and will be providing the same type of tires used in the Swedish round of WRC.
The tires can be purchased in advanced through a company called Distribution Pneus RT, or at the event itself, with a set of five tires will set you back at slightly over a thousand dollars. Rallye Ville La Tuque, the event where you can try out said tires, will be held three weeks after Sno*Drift, three hours away from Montreal. The race is a compact single day format with recce in the morning and approximately 80 stage miles.
More detailed information on the rally in question is below.
Where: Rallye Ville La Tuque, Quebec
When : February 20, 2016
(3 weeks after Sno*Drift)
– Winter rally with approx. 80 stage miles
– WRC Studded tires allowed (see below)
– Single day format with recce on morning of rally
– Organiser provided stage notes (included in entry fee)
– Supp. Regs, Driver’s Meeting and Stage notes provided in ENGLISH and French
How much (current exchange):
– Entry fee = $425 USD
– Pirelli WRC Studded Tires = $230 USD per tire (or $1150 USD for set of 4 + spare)
– Spec fuel provided on site (see below)
Rallye Ville La Tuque (La Tuque, Quebec) is the first round of the 2016 Championnat Rallye Quebec and the first North American rally to allow the use of WRC-style snow tires with full-length studs as used on WRC Rally Sweden.
La Tuque is 3 ½ hours north of Montreal, QC.
The rally will include a compact route of approximately 7 stages and 80 stage miles, with minimal transits. The event uses a single-day competition format with Registration/Tech inspection on the Friday evening and Saturday morning recce followed by the rally and awards banquet.
Tires can be ordered through the CRQ’s official supplier. To save on shipping costs, tires can be delivered to a local installer in La Tuque for mounting when the team arrives at the event.
Race and 91 octane fuel provided on-site by the CRQ’s official fuel supplier—no need to transport fuel to the event. Pricing for both fuels is competitive with other race and local pump gas suppliers (remember also, the favorable exchange rate).
There are two options for purchasing fuel:
• Fuel is available for pre-purchase in 25 L to 200 L drums (6.6 gal to 53 gal) delivered to the event
• Fuel can be purchased by the gallon when refueling during the event – No need to pre-purchase, pay only for what is pumped into your car during the rally
CRQ events cater both to English and French speakers: all rally documentation, stage notes and drivers’ meeting are provided in both languages. Even more information can be found on the CRQ website
To finish off, here is a small compilation of WRC Sweden action.