Busy season of motor sport ahead for Barbados

Nearly 50 events to be organised by the seven sporting Member Clubs of the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) are listed on the BMF’s Approved 2016 Calendar, published today (February 11). The first two have already been run, with the remaining dates stretching until the last weekend of November.

  A broad cross-section of motor sport disciplines is covered, from grass-roots autocross through circuit racing for cars, karts and motorcycles and drag racing to off-road 4x4 navigational events, rallycross, rallysprints, special stage rallies and speed events.

  The dates for key international events have already been confirmed: Sol Rally Barbados will run from Friday to Sunday, June 3 to 5, with the King of the Hill ‘shakedown event’ the previous Sunday (May 29); the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival’s RallySprint and Historic Rally will run on consecutive Saturdays, August 20 and 27; the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship will return to Bushy Park Barbados for its third round over the weekend of September 3/4.

  Looking forward to the new season, BMF Vice-President John Sealy said: “This year’s calendar is among the most varied on offer since the BMF was founded in 2000, and there may yet be some changes, as I am aware of on-going discussions between clubs and venues. With Bushy Park and the Vaucluse Raceway hosting events organised by a wide cross-section of Clubs and the addition of Paragon as a venue for drag racing, the island’s thousands of motor sport fans can look forward to an entertaining year of motor sport.

  “While the International events continue to attract a high level of support from regional and international competitors, sustaining motor sport’s contribution to the island’s sports-tourism product, they are only part of the story. All our Member Clubs have worked hard to keep pace with the fast-developing world of motor sport, particularly on the safety front, and we all look forward to a successful season.”

  The BMF’s seven sporting Member Clubs are the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD), Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL), Barbados Karting Association (BKA), Barbados Rally Club (BRC), Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the Motoring Club of Barbados Inc (MCBI) and the Vaucluse Raceway Motorsports Club (VRMSC).

 

Editor’s note: affiliated to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which rules the sport worldwide, the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) is the island’s governing body for motor sport; it also represents the interests of its Member Clubs in discussions with Government departments which facilitate the sport in the island, in particular the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which permits road closures for an agreed number of events each year. Away from motor sport, the BMF affiliate which answers the FIA Mobility remit is the Barbados Automobile Association (BAA), which is an executive committee member of the Government’s Barbados Road Safety Council.

 

For media information only. No regulatory value.

 

For further information, please contact BMF Vice-President, John Sealy:

e-mail: johnlsealy@caribsurf.com

 

BMF16-01a: February 11, 2016

 

Barbados Motoring Federation

2016 Calendar at February 11

 

Jan 23/24 – Challenge Series (BPMSI) - completed Jan 31 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) - completed Feb 21 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway Feb 27 - Challenge Series (BPMSI) – Bushy Park Mar 6 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Mar 6 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide Mar 20 - Speed Event (MCBI/BRC) – venue to be confirmed Mar 26 & 28 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park Apr 2 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway Apr 3 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park Apr 3 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Apr 10 - Speed Event (MCBI) – venue to be confirmed Apr 16 - RallySprint (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway Apr 24 - Special Stage Rally (BRC) – Islandwide Apr 30/May 1 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park May 1 - MudFest (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide May 2 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park May 14 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide May 15 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Paragon May 16 - Rallycross (BARL) – Vaucluse Raceway May 29 - Speed Event (BRC) – venue to be confirmed June 3-5 - Special Stage Rally (BRC) – Islandwide Jun 12 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Jun 25/26 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide Jun 26 - Rallycross (BARL) – Vaucluse Raceway Jul 2/3 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park Jul 10 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park Jul 10 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Aug 13 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway Aug 14 - Speed Event (MCBI) – venue to be confirmed Aug 20 - RallySprint (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway Aug 27 - Special Stage Rally (BRC/VRMSC) – Islandwide Sep 3/4 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park Sep 10 - Special Stage Rally (MCBI) – Islandwide Sep 11 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park Sep 11 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Sep 18 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide Sep 25 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Oct 2 - Speed Event (BRC/MCBI) – venue to be confirmed Oct 9 - Rallycross (BARL) – Vaucluse Raceway Oct 29/30 - Challenge Series (BPMSI) – Bushy Park Oct 30 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park Oct 30 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Nov 6 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway Nov 13 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide Nov 19 - RallySprint (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway Nov 20 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park Nov 26/27 - Rallycross (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway

 

NB: events are described by the generic names under which they are granted a BMF permit. Organising clubs may apply different titles to their events, for instance to reflect individual sponsorship commitments

 

Key to abbreviations:

BADD - Barbados Association of Dragster & Drifters (www.baddmotorsports.com) BARL - Barbados Auto Racing League (www.barl.com.bb; Facebook/BarbadosAutoRacingLeague)

BKA - Barbados Karting Association (www.barbadoskarting.net; Facebook /barbadoskartingassociation) BPMSI – Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (www.bushyparkmotorsportsinc.com; Facebook/BPMSInc) BRC - Barbados Rally Club (www.barbadosrallyclub.com; www.rallybarbados.net; Facebook/BarbadosRallyClub; Facebook/SolRallyBarbados); BRC MudDogs (www.muddogsbarbados.com; Facebook/MudDogsBarbados) MCBI - Motoring Club of Barbados Inc (Facebook/Motoring-Club-Barbados-Inc)

VRMSC - Vaucluse Raceway Motor Sport Club (www.vaucluseraceway.com; www.barbadosrallycarnival.com; Facebook/Barbados-Historic-Rally-Carnival)

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