Last year, a grand total of three 2021 Ford Bronco Sport teams took on the Rebelle Rally, a grueling woman-only off-road race, and when the dust settled, all three teams finished the race while professional driver Shelby Hall and experienced navigator Penny Dale won first place in the X-Cross class – which is dedicated to unibody four-wheel drive vehicles – at the event. Now, Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen have made it a repeat by taking top honors in the X-Cross class at the 2021 Rebelle Rally.
Taking the Bronco Sport reigns from Hall and Penny – who moved up to pilot a Ford Bronco in the 4×4 class of the 2021 Rebelle Rally – Fischer and Jokinen secured a grand total of 1,334 points, or 84 percent of the total number available, to take home the win. In the process, they beat out the second-place finisher – a 2022 Kia Sorrento PHEV driven by Verena Mei and Tana White – by a total of 37 points.
Both Fischer and Jokinen have a pretty extensive background in off-roading, as Fischer has been getting out in the dirt for a total of 15 years now. She’s a nurse by trade, but Fischer is also the former president of Moab Friends for Wheelin 4×4 Club and a voting member of the Red Rock 4 Wheelers, which hosts the East Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, where Fischer has served as a trail guide for 9 years.
Jokinen is currently the president of Torq-Masters Industries, which manufactures parts including the Aussie Locker and TORQ Locker locking differentials. For the last 20 years, she has participated in a number of off-road racing and competitive rock crawling events, and has even served as a Monster Jam tech official.