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VIRGIN ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP STILL WIDE OPEN

With three rounds to run in the 2012 Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Virgin Atlantic Driver’s and Class Championships, the chase for the Champion Driver title is far from over. While Modified 7 leader Daryl Clarke (Honda Civic) is hot favourite to win the Overall title, thanks to a perfect score so far, battle resumes on Sunday (September 23) with the BRC Autumn Gravel Sprint, a double-header at the popular Black Bess course in the northern parish of St Peter.

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BOURNE WINS SUMMER NIGHTS TARMAC STAGES

The island’s motor sport volunteers have been praised by competitors and organisers this week, following last Saturday’s (August 11) Barbados Rally Club Summer Nights Tarmac Stages, which was run in worsening conditions in the north of the island. Despite the Club’s best efforts, the event was abandoned after four of the six planned stages.

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SUMMER NIGHTS TARMAC STAGES ON SATURDAY

All the star players in the battle for the prestigious title Champion Driver in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Virgin Atlantic Championship are in action this weekend. Nearly 30 crews are listed on the provisional running order for the BRC Summer Nights Tarmac Stages, which runs off on Saturday, August 11.   The seventh of 10 rounds, it comes at a crucial time in the Club’s 2012 calendar, with only a handful of points spread across the leading contenders; only two of the top 10 are missing for what promises to be an evening of action and entertainment.

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ALL SET FOR SUMMER NIGHTS TARMAC STAGES

Preparations are in full swing for the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Summer Nights Tarmac Stages on Saturday, August 11, which brings to an end the two-month break in the Virgin Atlantic Driver’s and Class Championships . . . and every point counts for Championship contenders, as the season approaches its climax.

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CLARKE EASES AHEAD IN VIRGIN ATLANTIC POINTS

With six of 10 rounds run in the 2012 Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Virgin Atlantic Driver’s and Class Championships, Modified 7 leader Daryl Clarke (Honda Civic) has increased his lead in the Overall title chase, thanks to a perfect score over the two weekends of Sol Go Further King of the Hill and Sol Rally Barbados 2012.   Meanwhile, the BRC is enjoying increased competitor numbers – 63 local drivers have participated in Virgin Atlantic Championship events so far this season, an increase of 11 per cent over last year’s total at the same point of 57.

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BIRD FINALLY TICKS SOL RALLY BARBADOS BOX

At his fifth attempt, former UK National Rally Champion Paul Bird finally won Sol Rally Barbados at the weekend (June 9/10), describing the experience as “the hardest and probably the best I’ve ever driven since I started rallying.” With a record 99 crews from 15 nations participating in the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International, the organising Barbados Rally Club is celebrating another successful event.

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SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2012 RESULTS

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): ENG – England; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NED – The Netherlands; NIR – Northern Ireland; RSA – South Africa; SCO – Scotland; WAL – Wales 1st Paul Bird - ENG/Kirsty Riddick – SCO (M8-WRC Frank Bird Poultry/Fuchs-Silkolene Ford Focus WRC08), 1m 02m 50.60s 2nd Paul Bourne/Megan Bryant (M8-WRC Chefette/LIME/Slam 101/MQI/Banks/Castrol Ford Focus WRC07), 1h 03m 02.65s 3rd Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (M8-WRC Ford Focus WRC06), 1h 03m 17.66s 4th Steve Perez – ENG/Paul Spooner – WAL (M8-WRC Kick Energy Dr

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RECORD START LIST FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS

A record 101 crews from 15 nations are listed on the final running order for this weekend’s Sol Rally Barbados, the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International. Based on the results of last Sunday’s Sol Go Further/Scotiabank King of the Hill, the seeding was published by the Barbados Rally Club today (June 6), in advance of this evening’s Briefing Meeting and Welcome Party.

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SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2012 FINAL RUNNING ORDER

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): ARG – Argentina; CDN – Canada; ENG – England; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; KEN – Kenya; NED – The Netherlands; NIR – Northern Ireland; RSA – South Africa; SCO – Scotland; TCI – Turks & Caicos; TRI – Trinidad & Tobago; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales 1 Paul Bird - ENG/Kirsty Riddick – SCO (M8-WRC Frank Bird Poultry/Fuchs-Silkolene Ford Focus WRC08) 2 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia (M8-WRC Sol/Michelin/Da Costa Mannings Auto Centre/Simpson Motors Subaru Impreza WRC S12) 3 John Powell - TRI/Nicholas Telf

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BIRD WINS FINAL SOL RALLY BARBADOS SHAKEDOWN

Britain’s Paul Bird won yesterday’s (June 3) Sol Go Further/Scotiabank King of the Hill, the final shakedown ahead of the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International. He is the first overseas driver to win in the five-year history of the event, and goes in to next weekend’s (June 9/10) Sol Rally Barbados in a confident mood.

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