PANTON “GUTTED” FOR TIVOLI RALLY LOSER SWANN
Jamaican is Champion Driver elect with 100 percent win rate
Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennell Jnr (Ford Focus WRC06) maintained their 100 percent win rate in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) 2018 Driver’s and Class Championships in the final round on Saturday (November 24). Even before celebrating victory in the Tivoli Winter Rally, however, the Jamaican was quick to commiserate with Britain’s Rob Swann, whom Panton described as “the better driver today”.
With long-term Welsh co-driver Darren Garrod in his Subaru Impreza WRC S12B, Swann made a determined start, winning the first two stages from Pool to Drax Hall, then Chapel to Congo Road, to build up a five-second lead. Although Panton pegged him back, as they shared the other two daylight stage wins – SS5 was cancelled to bring the event back on time after an early delay – Swann was still 2.85secs up at the dinner break, only for an electrical fault to ruin his day.
Swann explained: “After dinner, we went to the start line and, with all the lights on, the battery went down, so we stalled due to the launch not working. The clock was already at eight seconds, but I reckon we lost more than that. After that, the car was down on power, so we just had to manage it to the finish. To lose by six seconds, having given eight or 10 on the start line is hard to swallow, as I really felt we had him!”
And Panton agreed: “To be honest, I didn't put much preparation into my driving and my mental state and it showed, being totally off, lacking rhythm and feeling uncomfortable in the car. I'm gutted for Rob, as he was the better driver today, leading until his stall. Rob has never been a slouch and today was a swift kick up the backside . . . but we welcome the competition and look forward to next year.”
When his father’s Impreza couldn’t be readied in time, Dane Skeete reverted to his Peugeot 306 Maxi, promising a cracking battle for two-wheel-drive honours with Barry and Roger Mayers. Having first run his WR Starlet only a few hours before the start, however, Mayers the elder was the first retirement (engine woes) on SS1, the front-drive Peugeot soon getting the upper hand, leading Barry’s rear-drive Fiesta at the dinner break by 3.87secs. When steering failure caused contact between Peugeot and scenery on the first night-time run from Chapel to Congo Road, Barry assumed the 2wd lead, third overall, where he remained to the finish, job done as he said afterwards: “We started with basic expectations today to finish, as we were trying to wrap up the group championship without taking any risks.” He is also 2wd Champion elect.
The star turn in 2wd, however, was Logan Watson in his BMW M3. Helped by some impressive stage times, including top 2wd on SS2, he was ahead in an epic battle for overall position with Roger Hill’s Toyota Corolla WRC and Trinidad & Tobago’s David Coelho in his Ford Fiesta R5 when Skeete retired, so inherited fourth place. Contact with a wall on SS8, however, ended his impressive run and handed the SuperModified 3 class win to the delighted Turks & Caicos crew of Stan Hartling and new co-driver Sabrina Martinenghi. Even so, Watson is SM3 Champion elect, having started the event only two points clear of Andrew Jones (Ford Escort MkII), who retired with engine problems.
Hill finished fourth overall, third in WRC, and less than a second ahead of Coelho, who is benefitting from increased seat time in his Fiesta; he won Group A by 12secs from Andrew Mallalieu (Subaru Impreza), who was sixth. Greg Cozier (Ford Escort MkII) finished seventh, winning the Historic class from 10th-placed Wayne Archer (BMW 325), who had a misfire from mid-way through the first leg; Turks & Caicos rep Paul Horton (Citroen DS 3 R3 MAX) was eighth, winning Modified 2, after early leader Jamal Brathwaite (Honda Civic Type-R) retired when his rear suspension collapsed two stages from home, while Jonathan Still (BMW M3) won Group B in ninth place.
The other class-winners were: Edward Corbin (Daihatsu Charmant), who was never challenged in M1, finishing 12th overall; Winston Thompson (Starlet), one place behind Corbin, benefitting from issues for event-long SM1 leader Jeremy Gonsalves (Opel Corsa) on the final stage; Ian Warren (BMW 318ti Compact), who finished 15th overall and won the hotly-contested Clubman 2 category by just 2.29secs from Eric Allamby; Trevor Mapp (Mitsubishi Colt Mivec RS), who claimed C1 after Jermin Pope (Civic) and Kevin Wiggins (Starlet) retired. There were 28 finishers from the 39 starters.
Tivoli Winter Rally - Saturday, November 24
BRC Driver’s & Class Championships, round 7
1st Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr - JAM (WRC Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06), 19m 23.64s
2nd Rob Swann – ENG/Darren Garrod - WAL (WRC Elegant Hotels/Blue Sky Luxury/Cygnet Plant Subaru Impreza WRC S12B), + 06.53s
3rd Barry Mayers/Andrew Skeete (SM2 Chefette/Rubis/Digicel/Hankook Ford Fiesta), + 1m 02.93s
4th Roger Hill/Graham Gittens (WRC Nassco/Esso/Pennzoil/MaxMeyer/Motormac/Energizer/Refresh your Car/California Scents Toyota Corolla WRC), + 1m 18.89s
5th David Coelho – T&T/James Harris - ENG (GpA Subway/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi Ford Fiesta R5), + 1m 19.86s
6th Andrew Mallalieu/Geoffrey Goddard (GpA Terra Caribbean/Blue Sky Luxury Subaru Impreza), + 1m 32.02s
7th Greg Cozier/Natasha Farnum (H2 Barbados Historic Rally Carnival/Geest Line Ford Escort RS), + 2m 29.01s
8th Paul Horton – TCI/Dwayne Forde (M2 Arbikie Highland Estate/Java Island/Sky Motorsports/H Racing Citroen DS 3 R3 MAX), + 2m 31.64s
9th Jonathan Still/Heath Hazell (GpB Seawell Automotive Centre/Sharkey’s Bar/Suga Apple Swimwear/Castrol/Sikkens BMW M3), + 2m 34.42s
10th Wayne Archer/Tristan Gibbs (H2 Archers Hall/Arrow Construction/Arrow Woodworking/RW Water/D & A Air Conditioning & Refrigeration BMW 325), + 2m 44.19s etc
WRC: 1st Panton – JAM/Fennell - JAM, 19m 23.64s; 2nd Swann – ENG/Garrod – WAL, + 06.53s; 3rd Hill/Gittens, + 1m 18.89s
Group A: 1st Coelho – T&T/Harris – ENG, 20m 43.50s; 2nd Mallalieu/Goddard, + 12.16s
SuperModified 3: 1st Stan Hartling – TCI/Sabrina Martinenghi – TCI (Bambarra Rum BMW M3), 22m 16.21s – 11th o/a; 2nd Logan Watson/Andrew Croney (Leafy Organics/Sign Depot/Subzero Services/Luxe Caribbean Properties/Hankook/Cargo BGI/Stihl BMW M3), + 1m 37.90s; 3rd Rhett Watson/Bradley Weekes (Chefette/Gliptone/Stihl/Leafy Organics/Gunk/Hankook/Bajan Pure Water/It’s Barbados/Power King Batteries BMW 318ti Compact), + 3m 06.43s
SM2: 1st B Mayers/A Skeete, 20m 26.57s
SM1: 1st Winston Thompson/Kyle Catwell (Chicken Pen Racing/Ellesmere Quarries/BCR Car Rental/Seawell Automotive Centre Toyota Starlet), 22m 41.33s – 13th o/a; 2nd Clifford Cox/Scott Bentham (Snorkel/Deutz/Hankook/Brake Pro/Williams Equipment/MQ Multiquip/JLG/BizNeedz/Yanmar Toyota Starlet), + 23.98s; 3rd Jeremy Gonsalves/Orry Hunte (Sign Depot/Makita/John Hardman Engineering/Valvoline/Guava Tech Opel Corsa), + 3m 10.19s; etc
Modified 2: 1st Horton – TCI/Forde, 21m 55.28s; 2nd Jamal Brathwaite/Dario Hoyte (Valvoline/Automotive Art/Consumers Guarantee Insurance/Stylez Auto Spa/Caribbean Auto Glass/Chicken Pen Racing Honda Civic Type-R), + 1m 12.17s
M1: 1st Edward Corbin/Johnathan Alleyne (Valvoline/Hilti/Express Imports Daihatsu Charmant), 22m 19.52s – 12th o/a; 2nd Pierre Beswick – TCI/Leslie Evanson (Grace Bay Car Rentals/Hartling Luxury Resorts/Sky Motorsports/Caicos Dream Tours Citroen C2 R2 MAX), + 5m 32.57s
Historic 2: 1st Cozier/Farnum, 21m 52.65s; 2nd Archer/Gibbs, + 15.18s; 3rd Sean Kukula - ENG/Howard Paterson - ENG (Competitionsupplies.com/Lifeline Motorsport Systems/WOSPerformance/Tilton Engineering/DMD Motorsport Engineering/Odyssey Batteries/Cobra Seats Ford Escort MkII), + 1m 51.59s; etc
Clubman 2: 1st Ian Warren/Robert Warren (Maxxis/Guava Tech BMW 318ti Compact), 23m 08.42s – 15th o/a; 2nd Eric Allamby/Moishe Steinbok (Gunk/Lenovo/Power Bass/Maxxis/Brake Pro/Chutneys BMW 318ti Compact), + 02.29s; 3rd Derek Edwards/Damien Johnson (D & A Air Conditioning & Refrigeration/Arrow Construction/Arrow Woodworking/Rock Oil BMW 318ti Compact), + 24.55s; etc
C1: 1st Trevor Mapp/Alister Nurse (Sign Station/Valvoline/JSB Motorsport/Ellesmere Quarries Mitsubishi Colt Mivec RS), 27m 31.50s – 25th o/a
GpB: 1st Still/Hazell, 21m 58.06s; 2nd Calvin Briggs/Tiffani Bannister (Ford Sierra), + 6m 58.19s
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