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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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SOL GO FURTHER/SCOTIABANK KING OF THE HILL 2012 RESULTS

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): ARG – Argentina; CDN – Canada; ENG – England; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NED – The Netherlands; NIR – Northern Ireland; RSA – South Africa; SCO – Scotland; TRI – Trinidad & Tobago; WAL – Wales 1st Paul Bird - ENG/Kirsty Riddick – SCO (M8-WRC Frank Bird Poultry/Fuchs-Silkolene Ford Focus WRC08), 1m 49.18s 2nd Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia (M8-WRC Sol/Michelin/Da Costa Mannings Auto Centre/Simpson Motors Subaru Impreza WRC S12), 1m 50.26s 3rd John Powell - TRI/Nicholas Telfer - TRI (M8-WRC Intercontinental Shipping/

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SOL GO FURTHER/SCOTIABANK KINGOF THE HILL 2012 ENTRY LIST

Provisional entry list at June 1 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 + driver/co-driver (car) + some classifications subject to scrutineering 1 Barry Mayers/Roger Mayers (SM9 Chefette/Digicel/Delaware Dispensary/Illusion Graphics/Barbados Today WR Starlet) 2 Rhett Watson/Logan Watson (SM

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FINAL SHAKEDOWN FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2012

Competitors from a record-equalling 15 nations including host country Barbados are making last-minute preparations for Sunday’s (June 3) Sol Go Further/Scotiabank King of the Hill, the final shakedown ahead of the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International, Sol Rally Barbados 2012 (June 9/10) . . . and Simpson Motors Scrutineering tomorrow (Saturday) will give fans their chance to see nearly 20 cars new to the island for the first time.

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MEEKE RETURNS FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2012

Winner of Sol Rally Barbados in 2008 & ’09, Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke has confirmed that he will return to the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International this year to revisit the event that he once described as “the best 10 days of my life”.   His victories in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event were not without their challenges: in the first year, a propshaft snapped on the startline of Sunday’s first stage, leaving him with a two-wheel-drive Toyota Corolla WRC for the rest of the day.

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