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Up to the challenge

For the second qualifying round of the 2013 season, the Barbados Rally Club’s Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship will be returning to its roots.

When the club gave championship status to its navigational events for the first time in March 2004, the opening event was set by Jason Downey and Richard ‘RC’ Daniel. Downey is now returning to reprise his role for the Chefette April Safari on April 13.

Being staged just four weeks since the March Safari launched the championship’s tenth season, the second round looks set to keep competitors on their toes. The BRC MudDogs chairman Darnley Rayside stated that Downey was trying his best to find parts of Barbados that had “not been burned” if that was possible.

“He is promising a great event, with lots of fun tricks and a few challenges. Jason and ‘RC’ were the ones who set the first MudDogs Safari, which I understand from competitors was not only tricky, but also very entertaining. I am hoping for much the same from Jason this time round,” Rayside said.

Downey’s 2004 event was not only a testing one for competitors, but also for the results crew, who had to resort to the rule book to resolve a dead heat, after what had been a very competitive day’s sport. At the finish, Derek Gill and Kevyn Yearwood (Suzuki Vitara) were tied on 300 penalties with Lindsay Farmer, who had been a prime mover in the BRC’s determined efforts to revive navigational rallying, and Rhett Watson (Mercedes). However, Gill and Yearwood had covered more of the route before incurring their first penalties, so they got the nod.

Alleyne in early lead

The 2013 Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship for drivers is currently led by Leslie Alleyne, who finished third behind Gill/Yearwood and Farmer/Watson in that 2004 event, 100 penalties adrift, when his navigator was wife Annalee. Currently, Chris O’Neal is Alleyne’s navigator.

While Downey is keeping details of the route close to his chest, the Chefette April Safari will start at Chefette, Wildey, St. Michael. The first crew is scheduled to leave at 3 p.m. for route one before the dinner stop at Sand Dunes, St. Joseph. Crews then head back west towards the finish at Chefette Warrens, St. Michael, at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Entries are now open at Motorsport Services in Haggatt Hall and will close on April 9 at midday. The briefing meeting will be at 7 p.m. the same evening, at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association Club House at Searles, Christ Church, after which the entry list will be published. The prize-giving will be held at the same venue on April 15, once results are made final. (RB)

Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship Positions after round 1

Drivers & Navigators

1st Leslie Alleyne/Chris O’Neal (Isuzu D-Max), 60 points

2nd Audley Croney/Jeremy Croney (Suzuki Vitara), 58pts

3rd Mark Western/Robin Hinds (Nissan Patrol), 56pts

4th Adrian Sinckler/Andre Murrell (Suzuki Samurai), 54pts

5th Gregory Dickenson/Rorie McConney (Toyota Hilux), 52pts

6th Dominic Straker/Ben Norris (Land Rover Discovery), 50pts

7th Wayne Manning/Willie Hinds (Suzuki Samurai), 48pts

8th Damien Johnson/Corey Williams (Suzuki Samurai), 46pts

9th Joshua Plaza/Rashid Nakhuda (Suzuki Samurai), 44pts

10th Noel Edwards/Jason Downey (Nissan Patrol), 42pts

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