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Prize-winners heading to B’dos

Prize-winner Cathy Hughes, holding the lucky number programme, flanked by partner Steve Castle (left) and event director Rick Smith. (Picture by Anthony Concannon)

Prize-winner Cathy Hughes, holding the lucky number programme, flanked by partner Steve Castle (left) and event director Rick Smith. (Picture by Anthony Concannon)

Motor sport volunteers on both sides of the Irish sea are set to enjoy dream holidays in the Caribbean as prize-winners in the third ‘Rally to Barbados’ promotion for the region’s biggest annual motor sport International, Sol Rally Barbados which comes off on June 1 and 2, as well as this Sunday’s shakedown and seeding event, Scotiabank King of the Hill. In Ireland, where the Barbados Rally Club’s promotion is organised in association with the Caribbean island’s private-sector Tourism Development Corporation and Ireland’s Pacenotes Rally Magazine, marshals and officials working on the Cartell, i.e. Killarney Rally of the Lakes on May 4 and 5 were eligible for a prize draw.

The winner was Theresa Stafford, a marshal on Saturday and arrival control official on Sunday. Initially, she was devastated as the prize was only for one person and she and husband Declan could not book a second ticket for their first trip to the Caribbean, as the flights are often full around Sol Rally Barbados. Thanks to marketing partner Virgin Atlantic Airways, however, rally office manager Jeanne Crawford secured the extra flights.

Stafford noted: “In 2010 we had booked to go to Rally Spain but Declan fell ill, so we had to cancel. Winning this trip to Rally Barbados is like a dream come true, our first overseas rally.”

Also flying from Ireland is Sean Hayde, one of two winners in the ‘Rally to Barbados’ competition at the 2012 Circuit of Ireland, although he was unable to take up the prize. As well as a marshal, Hayde is an all-rounder, an event organiser in County Cork in the south of Ireland, also a co-driver, winning the FIA European Historic Championship round at the Rally of the Lakes, where fellow prize-winner Stafford was marshalling.

Preparing for a shorter stay are Steve Castle and Cathy Hughes, winners of the lucky number draw at the inaugural London Rally for Heroes last month. Their prize includes return flights from London Gatwick and a seven-night stay at the Waves Resort and Spa, compliments of the Barbados Tourism Authority and Virgin Holidays, with VIP hospitality on day one of Sol Rally Barbados 2013 and a rental car, courtesy of the BRC. (RB)

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