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-pilotʼs 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 Derbyʼs 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.
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
vehicles KSport Gravel suspension and finding a problem with the four wheel drive
“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 offroad 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 4 wheel
“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 Canadaʼs top teams
put on a great display for everyone, fighting for 10thʼs of seconds on every corner.
For information take a look at wwwpacificforestrally.com
Mark Jennings-Bates has turned his sights to challenging himself with ultimate
adventures in order that he can raise awareness and funds for Rally4life, a Foundation
that he and his wife started in order to relieve poverty by providing water, shelter,
education and sustenance in Canada and around the world.
Rally4Life is a Canadian Registered Charity, registration number 85328 4206 RR0001,
based in Kelowna British Columbia. Their initial objective is to raise $4 million to save
200,000 lives with safe water projects. www.Rally4Life.org
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Rally 4 Life is a Canadian registered charity, raising $4MM to reduce global poverty with philanthropic adventures around the world