The Ford Bronco Sport is headed for its third year of competition in 2022 Rebelle Rally, is a grueling off-road race for women that does not allow modern navigation methods. Competitors must rely on a provided map, a compass and a roadbook to make it to the end. The Blue Oval looks to continue its winning performance and take on a “three-peat” victory in X-Cross Bone Stock class as it stares down this year’s event with three Ford Bronco teams ready to roll, a roster that includes a lot of familiar faces.
As a reminder, there are two classes in the Rebelle Rally. The first is the aforementioned X-Cross category, which encompasses two-wheel or four-wheel-drive vehicles. The other class, aptly referred to as 4×4, features four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Ford recently announced its roster for its three teams across both categories. The first is comprised of Mellissa Clark, a Bronco Off-Roadeo Trail Guide and 2021 X-Cross winner, and navigator Chris Benzie, who is an experienced Rebelle Rally navigator and semi-retired aerospace engineering executive.
Shelby Hall, professional driver, and navigator Penny Dale will once again command a Ford Bronco in the 4×4 class, covering more than 1,500 miles of terrain in their Bronco Wildtrak. The pairing won the X-Cross class in 2020 and finished fourth overall in the 4×4 class in 2021.
The third Ford Bronco racer will be guided by Kathryn Reinhardt, director of marketing for 4 Wheel Parts, and Victoria Bundrant will navigate. This team will show off a customized Bronco Badlands outfitted with 4 Wheel Parts in the 4×4 class. They finished 21st as rookies in the event last year and are looking to improve on their performance.
The 2022 Rebelle Rally kicked off in Incline Village, Nevada, on October 6th. Competitors will navigate across Nevada and California, crossing the finish line in the Imperial Sand Dunes in southern California on October 15th.