Ford Bronco Sport Team Tops X-CROSS Class at All-female Rebelle Rally Desert Race

The Ford Performance team of Melissa Clark and Jessica Moore piloted their Ford Bronco Sport to their fourth consecutive X-CROSS Class victory at last week’s Rebelle Rally off-road race, run over more than 1,500 miles of Nevada and California desert. Laura Wanlass and Maria Guitar took third in the 4×4 Class.
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Melissa Clark and Jessica Moore piloted their Ford Bronco Sport to an X-CROSS Class victory at the Rebelle Rally off-road race. // Photo by Ford Performance

The Ford Performance team of Melissa Clark and Jessica Moore piloted their Ford Bronco Sport to their fourth consecutive X-CROSS Class victory at last week’s Rebelle Rally off-road race, run over more than 1,500 miles of Nevada and California desert. Laura Wanlass and Maria Guitar took third in the 4×4 Class.

All four Bronco teams finished in the 4×4 Class top 10, and the all-new Mustang Mach-E Rally successfully completed its first Rebelle Rally.

“We’re proud of our teams, all of which used their driving and hand-calculated navigation skills to complete a very demanding off-road rally,” says Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “The Rebelle Rally also demonstrates the capabilities, durability, and agility of our vehicles, including serving as a test bed for the Mustang Mach-E Rally plus Bronco Raptor, Bronco Wildtrak, and Bronco Sport.”

Bronco Raptor held a spot in the top-five during each of the seven competition days, which included the Wanlass-Guitar duo and the No. 150 Desert Roots Bronco Raptor of Ford ambassador Shelby Hall and Rori Lewis, both of which finished inside the top-five. The Bronco Raptor is designed and engineered by Ford Performance to be the world’s first Ultra4 Racing-inspired SUV, capable of highway-speed desert-dune conquering and Baja rock-crawling.

The No. 131 Team Velocity two-door Bronco WildTrak, featuring 2022 X-CROSS Rookie of the Year winners Karisa Haydon and Trista Smith, battled back through the rankings after a quick-start and finished sixth.

The X-CROSS class saw the Clark-Moore pairing and the No. 202 Mustang Mach-E Rally of Bailey Campbell and Kaleigh Miller jockey inside the top-five — both teams exchanging the top-spot at about the halfway mark. Campbell and Miller went on to place fifth in the first race for the electric Mustang Mach- E Rally.