The winds of change look set to blow through Sol Rally Barbados next year, as the Barbados Rally Club (BRC), which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017, marks the 30th running of its blue riband event. With the two Ford Focus World Rally Cars which have won six of the past seven events currently advertised for sale in the UK and the Club preparing to switch to its new 2019 to 2021 Vehicle Regulations, exciting times are ahead for island rallying.
Crews contesting the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) 2018 Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship return to action this Sunday after a long summer break since June. On Sunday (September 16), they will contest the Country View Bar & Grill September Safari, round four of five in this year’s competition.
Rally Club to mark premier event’s 30-year milestone
The Barbados Rally Club (BRC), which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017, will mark another important milestone in the Club’s distinguished history next year, with the 30th running of its premier event, known since 2008 as Sol Rally Barbados. The event has evolved from small beginnings as the International All-Stage Rally of 1990 into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a key National Event on the island’s sports-tourism calendar.
Reigning Champion Panton tied with Corbin, Cozier and Mayers
For the second straight year, a dominant run of four WRC class wins has given Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton a maximum score in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Champion Driver title chase. This year, however, he owns only a quarter-share of the Championship lead, as Edward Corbin, Greg Cozier and Barry Mayers are also unbeaten in Modified 1, Historic 2 and SuperModified 2 respectively, so jointly lead the standings.
Hill claims 20th top 10 finish in island’s premier event
Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton paid tribute to co-driver Michael Fennell Jnr after they claimed a fourth consecutive win in Sol Rally Barbados at the weekend (June 1-3). After sharing a champagne podium celebration at Bushy Park on Sunday evening with British crews Rob Swann and Darren Garrod, Paul Bird and Jack Morton, Panton said: “Mike really does all the ground work, I only drive, and his efforts play a big role in the success.”
Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): CDN – Canada; ENG – England; GUY – Guyana; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; T&T – Trinidad & Tobago; TCI – Turks & Caicos; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales
Following their third consecutive victory in Flow King of the Hill last weekend, Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennell Jnr are top seeds for the 29th edition of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. They head a list of 91 cars from 13 nations in the final running order for this weekend’s Sol Rally Barbados 2018, published by the BRC at last evening’s (Wednesday) Briefing Meeting at Mahogany Ridge, St Thomas.
Fans turn out in their numbers for final Sol RB18 shakedown
With victory in yesterday’s (Sunday) Flow King of the Hill, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton has joined island legend Roger Skeete as a three-time winner of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) annual Sol Rally Barbados shakedown. Adding back-to-back KotH wins to last year’s Sol RB hat-trick, Panton and co-driver Mike Fennell (Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06) have re-written the record books once again.
Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): ENG – England; JAM – Jamaica; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; T&T – Trinidad & Tobago; TCI – Turks & Caicos; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales