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Summer Nights hitting the tarmac

Paul Bourne leads the four- wheel drive title chase.

All the star players in the battle for the prestigious title of champion driver in the Barbados Rally Club’s 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 tomorrow.

The seventh of 10 rounds, it comes at a crucial time in the BRC’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.

In the current standings, modified 7 leader Daryl Clarke (Honda Civic) has the advantage, with a total of 108 points, five ahead of Neil Corbin (Toyota Starlet) and Geoff Noel (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), the leaders of M6 and Production 4 respectively, who are tied for second, with Super Modified 11 leader Logan Watson (BMW M3) a further three points behind in fourth.

Paul Bourne (Ford Focus WRC07) leads the four-wheel-drive title chase, six points ahead of Sean Gill – the Suzuki SX4 WRC is absent this weekend – with Noel and Roger Skeete (Subaru Impreza WRC S12) third and fourth, while the two-wheel-drive points are even closer.

Neil Armstrong (Starlet) and Watson each has 75 points, with Clarke third, ahead of early leader Stuart Maloney (Peugeot 306 Maxi), another driver not competing this weekend.

Saturday’s event is slated for a 6 p.m. start following Scrutineering at 4 p.m. in the service park at St Lucy’s Parish Church’s yard.

BRC competition secretary Neil Corbin outlined the event: “The first stage will start at Hope Road and make the right on to the main road, past Northern Lumber Company, where there will be a chicane, and continue towards the Pickering hairpin and finish in the usual area just before the houses at Cottage.

“There is a possibility of rain but, even without it, there will be plenty action and entertainment for this night event.”

There are six runs in all with the stage being run in the reverse direction after the dinner break, which is expected to last around 45 minutes following the first three runs.

The BRC Summer Nights Tarmac stages should finish no later than 10.30 p.m. (PR)

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