Only a day after announcing his bid to set a new paragliding world record in Australia, Philanthropic Adventurer and Rally Driver Mark Jennings-Bates will be behind the wheel of his Subaru STi competing in the Canadian Rally Championship event, Pacific Forest Rally in BC, Canada.
Beside Mark in the co-pilot’s seat will be familiar face Jennifer Daly, who herself is back in BC after a busy summer of rallying with the eastern Last Ditch Racing team and competing in Roller Derbies in Western Canada and the US.
For Jennings-Bates and Daly, there is some unfinished business awaiting them at Merritt. Last year, in a cruel twist of fate, the teams faithful Subaru erupted into flames with a turbo oil line failure. The pill was hard to swallow for both Jennings-Bates and Daly since they were sitting in a podium position on the very last stage of the event, only 10 kilometres from the finish line.
The “Rally4Life” Team, named after the charity Jennings-Bates is raising funds for has been hard at work to sort out a few gremlins on the car. Craig Ross of XRoss Motorsports and Craig Greenwell of Australia have both been hard at work tuning the vehicle’s KSport Gravel suspension and finding a problem with the four-wheel-drive system.
“The KSport has been tuned for gravel and will definitely get Mark more traction, I expect to see the Subaru setting great times this weekend,” said Ross.
The four-wheel-drive system, it turns out, has been disabled since an off-road excursion two years ago, meaning that the former Open Class champion has been driving the car in two-wheel-drive for two seasons. A small sensor on the rear axle had malfunctioned, sending the differential controller into a “limp” mode and virtually disabling the four-wheel-drive system.
“I am super excited” said Jennings-Bates, adding “Credit to the team, that we have been able to put the car on the podium twice in that timeframe and be competitive all rallies other than the winter events… I am really looking forward to the weekend now”
Fans, can attend the 2 day event in Merritt and enjoy the action as Canada’s top teams put on a great display for everyone, fighting for 10ths of seconds on every corner.
For information take a look at wwwpacificforestrally.com
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