In the third round of the Western Canada Rally Championship, driver Mark Jennings-Bates and co-driver Jennifer Daly of the Rally4Life team set some very impressive times in the early stages. Sadly their effort to gain valuable points was ultimately and abruptly ended when a stray rock on the notorious Princeton Cutoff stage put a hole in their gas tank. The Rally4Life Team set top 5 stage times all morning and were sitting comfortably in a podium position when a rock on the fourth stage of the day ended their efforts.

“It was unfortunate,” said Daly, the team’s co-driver, adding “we had changed our pace note format this weekend and it was showing some obvious signs of success.” For Jennings-Bates the weekend proved once again that he can keep up the pace with front-runners in substantially more modified vehicles. “It was a great event up to that point. We were driving aggressively, but very controlled. With a stock Subaru STi competing against cars that are heavily modified, we were very pleased to be where we were. We need to do a little work to the car this year, but generally we are where we need to be in terms of pace.” The infamous Princeton Cutoff once again gave the teams KSport rally dampers a workout. “I could not be more pleased with the dampers. That stage alone will test whether you have a good setup or not and the KSport’s performed brilliantly,” commented Jennings-Bates.

For Daly, the upcoming schedule includes the Rally Baie des Chaleurs in Quebec where she will add to her impressive co-driving resume. For Jennings-Bates he will be in the UK with the Rally4Life Dakar team at the Goodwood Festival of Speed gaining more valuable time in the driving seat of the Bowler Nemesis Dakar vehicle that he will be taking to Argentina in January to tackle the worlds most grueling motor sport event, the Dakar Rally.

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.

Locally, the team is supported by HELIOS Global Tracking, Ksport USA, Aerius Engineering, BC Resort Homes, Big O Tires Westbank, AGAR Paint and Autobody, Wyatt Autoparts, Provision Data, Bell Racewear, Pinnacle Elite Athletes, Pinnacle Physiotherapy and Kelowna Cycle.

Photo by Kris Schofield

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