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Pat Richard Flips His Subaru, Uprights and Wins the Rally Baie des Chaleurs

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Article by Travis Wolcott.

Winning is all encompassing. And in the wild world of rally racing, sometimes cars roll over. But that doesn't mean the race is over. No. If rally racers are still within sight of a road, they will keep going even when their machines are flattened.

We saw this desire with the late Colin McRae's performance at X-Games in 2006, when he rolled going over the last infield jump, landed on all four wheels and punched it to the finish on three tires and with most of the bodywork still attached to claim the silver medal.

Like McRae, multiple-time Canadian Rally Champion Pat "Rocket” Richard always had what it took to win with style. Richard's recent performance in Rally Baie des Chaleurs showed that desire in its entirety. His Subaru rally car just clipped the apex, sending it rolling onto its side and roof in a ditch. Since he didn't land on his wheels, he took it upon himself to get out of the car and help push it back upright while his co-driver, Alan Ockwell, stayed strapped in, ready to continue his pace notes.

With the car back on all fours, Richard kept pushing with the windshield crushed into the interior, and crabbing all the way down the remaining 4 km of the rally stage . . . and still won the stage by nearly a minute. That's dedication.

Unfortunately, Richard has just announced his retirement today on the advice of his doctor due to a serious neurological illness. Head over to his Facebook page here and wish him well. He will still be involved with Subaru Rally Team Canada and Rocket Rally, albeit not as a driver anymore. Much respect to Pat "Rocket” Richard for putting the winning attitude on display for all these years and getting out on top.


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Travis Wolcott (SalfaRomeaab)

I grew up in Stuart, FL and began racing when I was just 14 in go karts and began competing in endurance karting events. From there I trained in Formula cars with Skip Barber Racing Schools and won my first race in a Formula Dodge from pole. I graduated from Jensen Beach High School and moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. My first full season in a sports car came in 2010 with GO 4 IT Racing Schools when I claimed a National Championship in SCCA Club Racing in the Rocky Mountain Division in Showroom Stock B, setting 3 lap records, one of which still stands today at Miller Motorsports Park. In 2011, I raced two Spec M3 races, winning both of those from pole position. This year marked my introduction into professional racing in a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI in the Pirelli World Challenge with Emich Volkswagen and 3ZERO3 Motorsports. I claimed two podium finishes from my first two professional events at two unfamiliar tracks working with renowned racers, Robb Holland and Gary Sheehan. In December 2012 I won my class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. My ultimate, personal racing goal is to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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