Rally4Life and Helios Global Tracking Launch Interactive Tracking at Pacific Forest Rally in Merritt, B.C.
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 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
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
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
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, Apple Valley Massage and Kelowna Cycle.