The Cochrane Winter Rally is the season opener for the Western Canada Rally Championship and by all accounts it will be one of the most competitive opening events for a while. The front running team of Hardy Schmitke and John Hall is expected to be a force to be reckoned with while JC Bourgouis, fresh from his recent win in Kananaskis is not going to back down. Onur Tezcan from BC is also expected to be very competitive in a new car. Jennings-Bates however is convinced he can turn on the heat this year also. "We were winning this event last year when we took a diversion off a 40' drop after a bad note" said Jennings-Bates, adding "the conditions look good for us this year and with some good fortune and hard work, we will be able to repeat last years pace without the detour before the finish". Jennings-Bates co-driver for this event will be Kelowna resident Jennifer Daly who has been busy helping organize another BC Rally event in May, the Targa Canada West in Nakusp.
The Rally4Life Foundation works with athlete and adventure athletes to promote their fundraising efforts to help build orphanages and safe water projects around the world. They are in the process of raising $4 million to save 200,000 lives with the provision of safe drinking water.
For information on the Cochrane Rally, visit www.cochranerally.ca
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. Mark is also driver for the factory Bowler Offroad Team in the new Bowler EXR a purpose built Dakar vehicle and will be challenging for a top position in Dakar rallies.
In Canada, the team is supported by HELIOS Global Tracking, Team Dynamics, XRoss Motorsports, Ksport USA, Aerius Engineering, BC Resort Homes, Big O Tires Westbank, AGAR Paint and Autobody, Wyatt Autoparts, Provision Data, Bell Racewear, Pinnacle Elite Athletes and Pinnacle Physiotherapy, and Apple Valley Massage.
Photo: Budd Stanley
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Canada's First anticipated entry into the Dakar Rally combined with a $4MM fundraising campaign to save 200,000 lives