LAST YEARS OPEN CLASS CHAMPIONS FORCED TO FIGHT FOR POINTS AT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN RALLY On May 25th, the Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty Rally Team struggled to claim points for the Western Canada Rally Championship. Last years Open Class ...
LAST YEARS OPEN CLASS CHAMPIONS FORCED TO FIGHT FOR POINTS AT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN RALLY
On May 25th, the Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty Rally Team struggled to claim points for the Western Canada Rally Championship.
Last years Open Class champions were set back on the 2nd stage with a blown intercooler hose effectively limiting the car to approximately 1/3 of it's usual power. After some very temporary repairs at the 20 minute service and thanks to Stuart Hoo and the Subaru Support program, the team of Driver mark Jennings-Bates and new co- driver, Jennifer Daly, both of Kelowna BC, set out to survive to the end of the second leg.
The evening super special at Blackfoot Motorcycle Park in Calgary, a popular stage with spectators, saw disaster strike again, this time in the form of a broken gear shift linkage, leaving the team to the mercy of a tow truck to remove them from a boggy section.
Day two of the rally dawned sunny and clear and after a few hours of slightly more permanent repairs the team set off to do battle in the Porcupine Hills area of Alberta, seeded at the very bottom of the pack.
Good fortunes finally came the teams way in terms of a fast pace set by Mark and Jennifer on all the stages for the rest of the day, progressively increasing stage times to 4th fastest in the Western Canada portion of the event.
"It was the most challenging event yet for me personally" said Jennings-Bates, adding "it just appeared to be one thing after another and our goal was really to just sort out the in car relationship between Jennifer and myself on this, the first rally with Jennifer as a co-driver. At the end of the day we had overtaken approximately 9 vehicles on fast and technical single track forest roads... we have a few windshield trophies to take home!"
The team ended up finishing 15th in the National event and 8th in the regional event with 3rd place in their class, having made up a one and a half minute deficit on the back runners at the beginning of the day.
"It was exciting for me" said Jennifer Daly the teams new co-driver "the pace was improving on every stage on the Saturday and I know that our next event will see us in a much more competitive situation challenging for the lead. We were forced to run the car with less than half the normal boost which seriously impacts the available power"
The team is now applying the new colours to the vehicle and preparing for the next event in Merritt, BC on June 15th and 16th,, the Mountain Trials Rally.