Rally Club marks 60 years with Lifetime Achievement Awards
Fresh from a class win on Saturday’s (February 10) Jack Neal Memorial Rally at Blyton Park in the UK, former regional Stage Rally Champion Brandon Smith has confirmed he will return this year to compete in Sol Rally Barbados, an event he describes as “magical”. With co-driver Dylan Thomas, he will campaign his BCS Auto Repairs Darrian T9GTR+ in Group B.
Jim ‘Jimbob’ Mark is heading to the 2018 United States Grand Prix for a once-in-a-lifetime trip as the first Bushy Park Barbados Karting Experience Champion. He won last Saturday’s (February 3) Top Ten Race-Off, in a competition he described as “genius”; Cody Foster finished second and Chris McFarlane third, out of approaching 100 hopefuls who had raced on the new track layout.
Six decades of motor sport were celebrated on Saturday evening (February 3) when the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) combined its Annual Prizegiving at Mahogany Ridge, St Thomas, with a celebration of its 60th Anniversary, reached in 2017. The outstanding contributions of four long-standing members were rewarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards, while a number of the Club’s commercial partners were also recognised, along with the marshals, medical support teams and the media.
Members of Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) gathered in the Cafeteria at Bushy Park Barbados after the Radical Carnival on Sunday (January 28) to celebrate the Club’s 2017 Champions. Andre Walcott and Terrance Ollivierre, Champion Driver and Champion Rider respectively, emerged victorious from the 60 competitors on two and four wheels who scored points in BPMSI-administered Championships, many of whom headed to St Philip to join in the celebrations.
After three victories in the six events of the third Radical Carnival at Bushy Park Barbados (January 27/28), Suleman Esuf is the early leader of the 2018 Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup. Sean Maloney, who established a new Qualifying Lap Record on Sunday, won twice to lie second in the standings, with brother Stuart third, after a string of second-place finishes.
Vice-President Sealy retires from Barbados Motoring Federation
Former Trinidad & Tobago kart and circuit racing Champion David Coelho is the first regional entry to be confirmed for Sol Rally Barbados 2018. His Subway/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX brings to eight the number of four-wheel-drive cars so far listed, with more than 20 expected to appear on the final entry for the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International.
Marcello Marateotto, twice the Radical European Masters Champion, leads the overseas attack at Bushy Park Barbados this weekend (January 27/28) as the renamed Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup gets under way. The Italian racer will join drivers from England and the United States to take on some of the region’s best as the third Radical Carnival launches the 2018 competition season at the St Philip facility.
As the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) prepares for this weekend’s start of the 2018 motor sport season, it does so without long-standing Vice-President John Sealy, who has retired. In a heartfelt tribute to the former VP, BMF President Andrew Mallalieu acknowledged that “replacing John with just one person is impossible”, so there will be some changes in the BMF structure.
Fans hope weather holds off for UK weekend fixtures
Three of the island’s most accomplished drivers, Roger Hill, Andrew Jones and Neil Corbin, head the list of early local entries confirmed for Sol Rally Barbados 2018. Each will be seeking to add to his previous tally of class wins, while Hill is also homing in on his 20th top 10 finish in the 29-year history of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) blue riband event.
The third Radical Carnival, which coincides with the British race and road car manufacturer’s 21st Anniversary, will launch the 2018 competition season at Bushy Park Barbados over the last weekend of this month (January 27/28). Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sport Inc (BPMSI), the race programme will run under the all-arena lighting on Saturday evening, with a day-time schedule on Sunday.