Motul, an international machine lubricants manufacturer, designer, and developer committed to servicing a variety of demands from car products and powersport products, to heavy-duty products and other applications, this week was officially named as the official lubricant partner of the Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) for 2017.
Having been competing in this dynamic series since 1992, and in that time, winning multiple Open Class and Production Class titles, SRTC have formed a partnership with Motul as their official lubricant partner for 2017.
“It is our goal to take the Motul brand name into popular racing circuits embedded in North America’s culture,” said Guillaume Pailleret, president of Motul, North America. “Partnering with the SRTC as well as the Canadian Rally Championship for the year ahead provides our operation with great potential for exposure and establishing Canadian networks.”
SRTC’s vehicles are maintained and serviced by Rocket Rally Racing, the only Canadian-based motorsports organization to have won both the Canadian and American rally.
championships in the last 20 years. They boast an impressive 7 National Overall Rally Championships, as well as 5 North American Titles. Rocket Rally Racing participates in the Canadian Rally Championship, the American Rally Association championships.
After a long hiatus, this partnership marks Motul’s first year partnering with Subaru Rally Team Canada/Rocket Rally in over a decade.
“Motul is the premier lubricants brand in motorsports and we are excited to be back together again,” explained Patrick Richard, CEO of Rocket Rally Racing, the company that engineers and operates the cars run by Subaru Rally Team Canada, out of Squamish, B.C. “We had a great partnership many years ago, when I was a driver, and this agreement renews our goal of being on the podium at every event we enter,” he explained.
SRTC is the factory rally team for Subaru Canada. In 2016 Subaru Rally Team Canada driver, Antoine L’Estage, a 9-time Canadian Drivers Champion and his 2016 co-driver, Darren Garrod won the Canadian Rally Championships; and in doing so awarded Subaru Canada a record 12th manufacturer title. For 2017, Antoine is rejoined by Alan Ockwell – a 4- time Canadian Co-Drivers Champion - to campaign for another record title.
“We are excited to re-ignite this partnership with Rocket Rally after a long absence,” said Li-Jay Chu, the Communications & Activation Manager for North America. “This partnership is going to give us the ability to demonstrate the technical strengths of our engine oils and lubricants, and we’re incredibly excited to see it in action at this year’s Canadian Rally Championship.”
Passionate about providing affordable, high-quality lubricant products to consumers, businesses, and organizations around the world, Motul continues to research and secure partnerships with teams and organizations that will launch their lubricant brand name into untapped markets and racing communities.
The Canadian Rally Championship’s first gravel event for 2017 (and second event of the year) will kick off in May, with STRC as a favored team. The Canadian Rally Championship series was officially launched in 1957, making it the longest-running national motorsport series in Canada. The championship is comprised of seven rounds: three in British Columbia, one in Ontario, and three in Quebec.
For more information on SRTC, visit: https://www.subaru.ca/
ABOUT ROCKET RALLY RACING
Founded in 1999 as the operating team around North American rally legend Pat Richard, Rocket Rally Racing specializes in motorsport vehicles for competition use.
With global logistics experience, and having competed in the WRC and internationally in FIA-listed events, Rocket Rally has taken customers to more than a dozen overall North American, Canadian, and American championship titles. Rocket Rally operates Subaru Rally Team Canada on behalf of Subaru Canada Inc. In 2016 Rocket Rally helped Subaru Canada Inc. to capture its record-breaking 12th Manufacturer's title. Championship drivers for Rocket Rally Racing have included Pat Richard, WRC champion Martin Rowe and current all-time North American rally win leader, Antoine L'Estage.
For 2017 Rocket Rally will be operating a Rocket Rally designed 2016 open-class Subaru Crosstrek alongside Antoine L'Estage in Subaru Rally Team Canada's WRX STI. The Rocket Rally Crosstrek will be driven by David Nickel as he promotes his quest towards the North American Rally Cup.
Motul is a world-class French company specialized in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motultech activity.
Motul is also recognized as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.
Throughout the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports.
Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancpain Endurance Series, Dakar, Motul Petit Le Mans, Le Mans Classic, MotoGP, World Superbike, MotoAmerica, AMA Flat Track, World MX, FIM Endurance World Championship, IOM TT, MOTUL FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship, Roof of Africa and score of others.