Okanangan Rally Team Reunites for Canada's High Altitude National Rally After a busy weekend as photographer and host for the successful Runway4Life fundraiser, local rally driver Mark Jennings-Bates is ready to get back into the rally car. ...
Okanangan Rally Team Reunites for Canada's High Altitude National Rally
After a busy weekend as photographer and host for the successful Runway4Life fundraiser, local rally driver Mark Jennings-Bates is ready to get back into the rally car. His team will be travelling to the Rocky Mountain National Rally outside of Calgary, Alberta, this weekend. The event has drawn thirty entries from across the country, including the Squamish, BC based Rocket Rally driver Pat Richard, who was the 2009 Canadian Rally Champion.
Rocky has a reputation for being fast and dry or wet and difficult, and features the epic Powderface stage, one of Mark's favourite roads. Mark admits that it's hard to know exactly what to expect until the car is on the start line: "There is a lot of competition coming from the east, especially from Quebec, so there should be some great battles. Weather is a huge factor in this event, and with rain or snow forecast for the weekend, we will need to prepare for very challenging conditions."
For the Rocky Mountain Rally Mark will be joined by his regular codriver, Jennifer Daly, of Kelowna BC, and the team is aiming for a top ten finish. Jennifer is looking forward to competing again as an experienced team: "Mark and I haven't been in the rally car together since we got our best result ever last October. We've both learned a lot from rallying with others, and I think we're in a good position to push for our fastest pace."
The Prescribed Burn Rally Team will be competing under the Rally4Life name for the 2010 season, in preparation for Mark's entry into the 2011 Dakar Rally. The Rally4Life effort combines the adventure of a gruelling international rally with the determination to raise four million dollars for charities providing clean water to communities in the developing world.
Live updates and scoring results will be available on the Rocky Mountain Rally event website, and the event will be broadcast on TSN on Sunday, June 27.
The Rally4Life Canadian team is based in Kelowna, British Columbia and competes in the Western Canada Rally Championship and select events in the Canadian Rally Championship which is broadcast in High Definition on TSN and will be Canada's first competitive car entry into the Dakar Rally in January 2011, driving a Bowler Nemesis.