To the wire

The Mud Dogs Safari gearing up for exciting finale.

The Barbados Rally Club’s off-roaders face the ultimate challenge in the final round of the 2012 MudDogs Safari and Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championships.

The Nassco November 11 Safari is being set by two of the island’s most experienced navigational competitors, reigning champion navigator Wayne Clarke and his driving partner of many seasons, Chris Armstrong.With two wins this season – in the Chefette March Safari and the Shelbury Construction September Safari – plus two more top three finishes, they are already champions elect for 2012. MudDogs chairman Warren Gollop said he was anticipating a fitting conclusion to the year.

While Clarke and Armstrong’s positions at the head of the navigator and driver standings respectively are unlikely to be challenged, there is all to drive for among the competitors chasing the places in all four championships.

Gollop explained: “It would certainly seem that they will seal the title, barring something unforeseen . . . but there are some narrow margins among the next few crews in the overall championship.

“Among the Chefette novices, Nick Branson and Dominic Straker are both in very strong positions as the leading navigator and driver, but I’m not convinced that all is settled, as there are some permutations yet to work through, including the dropped scores. We have had an encouraging turnout of novices this season, and I’m delighted that the Chefette championship has again proved such a close-fought competition.”

The first crew is set to leave the start of the Nassco November Safari at Chefette, Charles Rowe Bridge, St George, at 8 a.m., with the finish at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association Club House at Searles, Christ Church about 4.30 p.m. There will be a lunch stop at Chefette Six Roads, St. Philip.

Gollop added: “It is fitting that our traditional Nassco Safari season-ender should decide the trophy-winners in the four championships. Local agents for Toyota, Nassco, will again be hoping for a large turnout of their brand, I’m sure.”

Entries are open at Motorsport Services in Haggatt Hall and will close on November 6 at mid-day; the briefing meeting will be at 7 p.m. the same evening, at the BCTSA club house, after which the entry list will be released. The prize-giving for the Nassco November Safari will be held at the same venue the following Monday (November 12), once results are made final. (RB)

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