Beverley and Tooth finish second in Big White Winter Rally race
Rally racing competitor Nicki Beverley from Merritt wasted little time getting used to her ‘new ride’.
Competing for the first time with co-driver Jeff Tooth from Calgary, the Mitsubishi teammates placed second in the production sport class at the Big White Winter Rally, which was held on the mountain roads that crisscross the slopes directly beneath the famed ski hill.
Prior to the BWWR event, Beverly had been navigating for North Vancouver’s Jim Shepherd. The twosome were winners of the production sport class, and 15th overall, at this year’s Pacific Forest Rally, held September 30 - October 1 in the Nicola Valley.
In addition to their second-place finish in the PS class at the Big White Rally, the team of Beverley and Tooth also set the fastest two-wheel time on one of the timed sections by over 30 seconds.
“I am so proud of Jeff and the way he drove,” stated Beverley in an email sent on Monday. “The roads were insanely slippery.”
The Merritt resident went on say that they were in line for a two-wheel-drive podium finish had “a momentary lapse in concentration not lodged us in a snowbank.”
The daredevil duo spent about 25 minutes frantically shoveling to free their car before a sweep vehicle came by and gave them a tow.
Beverley also added in her email that the newly-formed team were trying out a different note system between driver and navigator, and that it went very well.
“Our car attracted a lot of attention during the competition because of a new light bar that we were sporting on the front,” said Beverley. “It also helped to draw attention to our charity - Young Adult Cancer Canada.”