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ISLAND MOTOR SPORT PAYS TRIBUTE TO FREDDIE GALE

The island’s motor sport family have joined together to pay tribute to Freddie Gale, who died on this week at the age of 71 after more than 50 years involvement in the sport. Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “Our Club, the wider motor sport community and - I venture to say - Barbados has lost a stalwart of a man. May he rest in peace and the Good Lord comfort his family at this time. Our thoughts are with Katie, Barry, Rachel and the wider family . . .”

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WORSWICK, FRIENDS & FUN AT SOL RALLY BARBADOS

Swann joins Panton for Cadwell Park Caribbean R5 Challenge

Britain’s Nigel Worswick will celebrate his 10th consecutive visit to participate in Sol Rally Barbados this year with a fun-filled head-to-head battle with old friend Philip Burton, who is competing in the island for the first time, after visiting as service crew in the past. Having driven his Ford Escort WRC to an island best of eighth overall and second in Modified 4 in Sol RB19, Worswick will return with the MkII Escort in which he first contested the event in 2011, with Burton at the wheel of a near-identical car.

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PANTON, SWANN WEIGH SOL RALLY BARBADOS OPTIONS

Rally Club finalising plans for 2020 Championship

Britain’s Rob Swann is in upbeat mood about Sol Rally Barbados 2020 after winning last Sunday’s (December 29) Mini Tempest Rushmoor Stages in the South of England on his second outing to assess a Ford Fiesta WRC. Runner-up in the Caribbean’s biggest motor sport International three times, he lost out in 2017 and ‘18 to Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton, who is reviewing his own options ahead of Sol RB20 with an entry on a single-venue event in the UK next month in a Fiesta R5.

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RALLY CLUB COMPETITOR NUMBERS RISE IN 2019

Edward Corbin finally wins Champion Driver title

More than 300 competitors participated in Barbados Rally Club (BRC) events during 2019, around 20 per cent more than last year. As the Club confirmed Edward Corbin as its Champion Driver today (December 9), along with the title-winners and year-end points standings across all its disciplines, Club Chairman Mark Hamilton was in upbeat mood about the growth in numbers and the close competition which resulted.

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Provisional Motor Sport Calendar 2020

Feb 2 – Time Attack (BARL) – Bushy Park
Feb 9 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Feb 22 - Autocross (BRC) – Bushy Park
Feb 23 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park
Mar 1 - Race Meet (BPMSI) – Bushy Park
Mar 8 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Mar 15 – Race Meet (BARL) – Bushy Park
Mar 15 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide
Mar 22 – Single Venue Rally (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Mar 29 – Double-header Sprint (MCBI) – venue to be confirmed

Barbados Motoring Federation releases 2020 calendar

More than 50 events to be organised by the Barbados Motoring Federation’s (BMF) seven sporting Member Clubs are listed on the provisional 2020 motor sport calendar published today (November 29). The calendar is confirmed against a background of rising numbers of participants: approaching 500 competitors have seen action during 2019 in events run under permits issued by the BMF, up around 10 per cent year on year and including a welcome number of first-timers across the disciplines.

Jamaica’s Myers is Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup Champion

Jamaica’s William Myers is the new Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup (RCC) Champion, clinching the title in last weekend’s (November 16/17) final round at South Dakota, organised by the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC). In a text-book demonstration of consistency, he claimed the regional title in its second year, with nine podiums in the 12 races and fourth-placed finishes in the other three. Despite failing to win in his Rookie season, Myers beat Reigning Champion and three-time race-winner Stuart Maloney to the title by seven points.

Esuf and Maloney families to represent Barbados in Guyana

Suleman Esuf and his brother Ahmed will race on Guyana’s South Dakota circuit for the first time this weekend (November 16/17) when they join regular visitor Mark Maloney to compete in the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) Clash of Champions International Race Meet. The action-packed race programme includes the final round of the 2019 Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup, along with events for Groups 2, 3 and 4, Superbikes and the GMR&SC’s local classes.

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WELSH MARSHALS HEAD FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS

Geest Line among those recognised for “significant contribution”

Two diehard Welsh rally volunteers will head across the Atlantic for next year’s Sol Rally Barbados after winning the Marshals’ Prize Draw at Get Connected Rali Bae Ceredigion, the first closed-road rally run in the Principality. Laura Sugden, who was confirmed as the lucky winner at the recent Awards Evening, will make the trip with her partner Nathan Davies, who was also marshalling at the September event.

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EDWARD CORBIN IS PROVISIONAL CHAMPION DRIVE

HO2 Construction Winter Rally brings season to an end

Edward Corbin is the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Champion Driver elect, a title that has eluded the nine-time Class Champion more than once since first losing out to a tie-break in 2003. Victory in his Modified 1 Daihatsu Charmant with co-driver Johnathan Alleyne in last Sunday’s (October 27) final round, the HO2 Construction Winter Rally, maintained their 100 per cent win rate in the 2019 Driver’s and Class Championships.

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