Photo Credit: Rob Sztuka oneride.com
With some last-minute shuffling of co-drivers (they're always in demand), the ten teams at Black Bear Rally battled not only the stages but the heat. At the finish, it was Jonathan Drake and first-time co-driver Ian Lantz who came out ahead of Matt Ballinger and Crawford New. Third overall was Charles Hammer and Guillaume Dozois, who were also the top 2WD team. Second 2WD was the team of Sean McConnachie and John Gerryts, with Mark Toufanov and Justin Ranni taking 3rd 2WD. Sean also was 1st Novice driver. As well as the awards, prize money was given by the OPRC sponsors - Ontario Motor Sales, Clarington Hyundai, and Enercare/Martin Air (some drivers made out like bandits!).
The Black Bear Rally roads were in great shape for 2022. Loom Lake Rd had extensive work done on it by the local ATV club (thank you KATVA). The rally, of course, wouldn't happen without the help of all the volunteers; over 60 were there to endure the heat, dust and bugs. Thank you to all.