Nicholas Spencer was standing in line at Tim Horton’s in Merritt, BC, during the 2012 Pacific Forest Rally when something caught his eye. He turned to look and sure enough, one of his rally heroes was sitting, drinking a coffee.
Anyone who knows Taisto and his characteristic Finnish accent will know that I’ve cleaned up the grammar and paraphrased a few things for this article, otherwise the stories recounted are his own, described during an evening of food, Finnish liqueur, and traditional sauna in his very Scandinavian home in the woods of British Columbia.
Brandon Semenuk and John Hall have won Big White Winter Rally winning all but the opening stage of the rally ultimately finishing with a margin of six minutes, 20.09 seconds. The drive was perhaps the most dominant victory of the season, a testament to the focus and effort put in by the team.
At the finish of the first day of competition at Big White Winter Rally, Brandon Semenuk and John Hall lead the event with a margin of one minute, 20.1 seconds. While the pair finished strong, a spin on the first stage cost the team approximately 30 seconds, a deficit they recovered on the second stage before going on to build their lead through SS3 and SS4.
Big White Winter Rally marks the end of the 2018 rally season in Canada, and while championships have been decided, a strong group of competitors is ready to race. Taking place on roads near the Big White ski resort outside of Kelowna, BC. The event is the second true winter rally of the year.
A hard-fought battle in demanding conditions ended with Karel Carré and Samuel Joyal winning the Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines in their first attempt at the legendary event. On road coated in a mix of ice and water, the pair proved themselves the best team at the event and earned enough points to cement the 2018 Canadian Rally Championship driver and co-driver titles.
Tune in for the official live coverage of the Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines through the CRC Facebook page and through live.cdnrally.com as part of a collaboration combining both the national and regional live coverage programs.
You could say that Kelly Mathew was predestined to be a rallyist. For years before she was born, Kelly’s parents Nigel and Lou competed separately in rally events in Great Britain, always taking part in a rally on the Isle of Mull. Nigel was a driver, while Lou co-drove in a different car.
With a revised route and one of the closest championship battles in Canadian Rally Championship history moving into the final stretches of the season, the Lincoln Electric Rally of the Tall Pines is set to be a thriller. We sat down with five-time Canadian champion co-driver Alan Ockwell to discuss the sixth round of the series.