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Rally4Life Team in Action at Pacific Forest Rally

Rally4Life fans will be able to follow the team in real time online during the 2010 Pacific Forest Rally.

In partnership with HELIOS Global Tracking, the Rally4Life team will be equipped with hardware that will be uploading information to http://www.heliosglobaltracking.com.

With login id: rally and password markzoom, users will be able to see the speed and location of the car as they follow the progress of the rally. The Rally4Life team will also be using the HELIOS system during desert training in Morocco later in October. Current event information for the Pacific Forest Rally, taking place October 1 and 2, will also be available on rallyscoring.com, and on twitter, under the hashtag #cdnrally.

Merritt is the home event for the Okanagan based team, and the stages are favourites for driver Mark Jennings-Bates, of Peachland, and codriver Jennifer Daly, of Kelowna. The Pacific Forest Rally is the fifth round of the Canadian Rally Championship, currently lead by the Subaru Canada team of Pat Richard and Alan Ockwell. It features unpredictable weather, serpentine forest roads with extreme drops and spectator stages that are very accessible to the public. Every year crowds of rally fans attend the downtown night stage, in Merritt’s city centre, to see the high powered, production based rally cars wind through the gravel course.

The best result of the 2010 season so far came at the snowy Rocky Mountain Rally in May, where the Rally4Life team placed 2nd regionally. Otherwise, the team has encountered trouble when running in podium contention, with an off for Mark and a guest codriver during the opening event of the season, and an errant rock ripping a hole in the gas tank at Mountain Trials in June. “We’re eager to get another shot at the Merritt roads, especially Helmer, after the DNF this spring,” said codriver Jennifer Daly. “We are progressing as a team and making some smart changes to the way we make pacenotes, which should improve our performance.”

Driver Mark Jennings-Bates will integrate the note changes and work hard to achieve a steady, competitive pace during the rally. “Focus is the name of the game,” said Jennings-Bates, who sticks to a rigorous training program as part of his efforts to become Canada’s top driver in the infamous Dakar rally. “I will have competed in my last triathlon the weekend prior, and my wife and I will leave right after the rally to fly first to the UK, then on to Africa. There is so much happening with the project this fall.”

In Africa, Mark and his wife Jackie will be assisting Just A Drop, a UK water relief charity, with the
installation of a sanitized water project in a remote part of Kenya. The couple will also fly to Morocco for sand dune training with Dakar veteran Mick Extance, the Rally4Life copilot for next year. “It will be a busy time for sure,” says Mark, “but very rewarding, and all of this experience helps me become a better competitor and a better advocate for the more than 1.5 billion people around the world who are dying of thirst.”

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.

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October 3, 2010 - Posted by | 2010, PBR Team, Stage Rally

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