The second stage of the 2021 Rebelle Rally, powered by Pirelli tires, started with an On Time Enduro through wide open valleys and tight canyons lined with pinion pines. The enduro ended in Big Smokey Valley at the northern end of Area 51. After the enduro, teams traded their rally computers for maps and compasses to navigate their way to the day’s checkpoints (CPs). The stage covered 330 kilometers and 17 CPs as it wound its way through the Great Basin. For the first time since 2018, the course returned to the cool and quirky International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, Nevada en route to Big Dune. Located in the Amargosa Valley between Las Vegas and Beatty, Big Dune provides the first glimpse of the sand in store for 2021 Rebelle competitors.
The course produced vehicular carnage for teams who got overly aggressive, resulting in broken axles, bent skid plates, and flat tires. None of the punctures occurred to the competitors or numerous course workers running Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires, which have withstood all the punishment they have been subjected to thus far on the Rebelle Rally. The mechanical team will be working well into the night to get competitors back out on course for STAGE 3. Of those who were more prudent on STAGE 2, the mother and daughter duo of Team #177 Jeep Thrills (Emily Benzie / Christine Benzie) took the top spot for the day, moving them into second place overall in the 4×4 Class. For their efforts as the winners of STAGE 2, Team #177 will receive a set of Pirelli tires.
Team #129 4xEventures (Nena Barlow / Teralin Petereit) maintained the lead in the overall standings, finishing in a tie for second, just one point behind Team #177 for the day. Also in the second-place spot was Team #188 Dirt Hustle (Laura Wanlass / Maria Guitar), moving them up to fifth in the overall standings
In the X-Cross™ Class, Team #206 Giggle Watts (Verena Mei / Tana White) posted the top score of the day in their Kia Sorento PHEV to move ahead of Team #202 Ford Performance (Melissa Fisher / Cora Jokinen) in the overall standings. Fisher and Jokinen finished third for the day after Team #205 Watt Girl Summer (Sabrina Howells / Alyssa Roenigk) who took second place.
STAGE 3 starts at 7 AM PDT with cars leaving the line two at a time at three-minute intervals for a day filled with sand dunes, dry lakebeds, and a drive through Death Valley National Park. Team #103 CWG (Kristie Levy / Rachael Ridenour) and Team 201 Sol Seekers (Lisa Wolford / Noelle Sanders) will be the first teams off the line, and the live show will start at 6:45 AM PDT. Tune in at rebellerally.com/live as co-hosts Rachelle Croft and Matthew Johnson lay out what is in store for competitors and fans on STAGE 3.
Want to learn more about the women competing in the Rebelle Rally? Team bios are live now at rebellerally.com/2021-teams/.
Daily Tech Tip- What Are Optional X CPs?
Some checkpoints (CPs) have an optional alternative (designated by an X) that is harder in terms of either driving and/or navigation. Since it is more difficult, the X options are worth more points. Teams must choose to either pursue the normal CP or the X CP, but not both. Difficulty and time management are important when determining the best course of action for each team