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Local rally driver, Mark Jennings-Bates will be sitting next to a new face in the co-drivers seat at the Big White Winter Rally and Snow Cross presented by Valley Mitsubishi on December 5th and 6th. That is because his regular co-driver, Jennifer Daly is the organiser of this event, a first for Kelowna and Big White.

Partnering Jennings-Bates at this event will be John Hall, a very experienced co-driver and Edmonton native. “John has a wealth of experience that should stand us in good stead. Unusually, it will be a very level playing field for all competitors because these stages have never been run before. Being a snow rally, it is likely to be very fast but also technical, a small mistake can lead to an expensive repair bill,” commented Jennings-Bates.

Daly has spent the past several months working with local authorities and Big White who have been very welcoming hosts to put together an event in the Western Canada Rally Association calendar that will be the only true snow rally of the year.

While Jennings-Bates and his fellow competitors are competing on closed forest stage roads which will have some access for spectator viewing, the general public can also enter the annual Big White Snow Cross event which is a timed event on an open course marked by cones and needs very little safety gear to compete in. “This type of an event is a great feeder for the rally series,” stated Jennings-Bates, adding “the public can really see what it feels like to drive technical road conditions in their daily driver without fear of harm to themselves or their car.”

Information about the event can be found at http://okanaganrally.wordpress.com/ where spectators and potential competitors can access all of the necessary information. Joining Jennings-Bates’s Prescribed Burn Rally Team again will be the Valley Mitsubishi sponsored vehicle of Craig Ross a local competitor who will be entering this as his second event after a strong finish in Merritt in October at Pacific Forest Rally. Fans can see the action up close and personal at the Happy Valley parking area on the Saturday and Sunday or in the forest stages on the Saturday.

On Sunday, Jennings-Bates will be displaying his car in the Village at Big White and signing autographs and talking about his upcoming fund raising program and entry into the 2011 Dakar Rally with Team Bowler Offroad and Rally4Life.

The Prescribed Burn Rally team is based in British Columbia’s Okanagan valley. Driver Mark Jennings-Bates and co-driver Jennifer Daly compete in an open class Subaru WRX STi, supported by service chief Dave Hood and a team of local volunteers. For 2009 the Prescribed Burn Team will be running the entire Western Canadian Rally series, as well as select Canadian National and Rally America events.

The Prescribed Burn Rally Team is supported by BCResortHomes.com, Agar Paint & Autobody, BigO Tire in Westbank, AERIUS Engineering, Pinnacle Elite Athlete, Pinnacle Physiotherapy, Wyatt Auto Parts, Kelowna Moving Centre, Provisiondata.com, K96.3FM, Castanet.net, The Great Canadian Oil Change and Bell Racing.

Photo Credit: Unique Photography and Design

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