The Barbados Rally Club’s 2013 Chefette MudDogs Safari and Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championships are set for an exciting climax when the fifth and final round, the Nassco November Safari, is staged on Sunday, November 10. All four major titles are still up for grabs, as the season goes down to the wire.
In the overall navigator standings, Chris O’Neal and Jeremy Croney are tied on 218 points – once each drops his lowest score, as required by the regulations, they are still tied (on 176 points), having finished tenth respectively in the Chefette April Safari and Sol Go Further June Safari. Their closest rival is Andre Murrell, although he slips to fifth after dropped scores are taken into account, falling behind Gary Mendes and Andrew Croney.
In the drivers’ standings, O’Neal’s partner for the season, Leslie Alleyne, leads with 218 points, 20 ahead of Mark Western and George Mendes, who are tied for second. Once again, however, there’s a shuffle once the dropped-score rule is applied, Jeremy Croney’s father Audley rising to join Alleyne in the joint lead, pushing Western and Mendes down to share third place, 18 points behind.
Although things are more clear-cut in the Chefette MudDogs Novice Championship, there is still scope for change, depending on which competitors enter the final round. Among the navigators, there’s a straight fight between Andy Williams and Jamal Brathwaite, separated by six points – each has already missed a round, so there is no score to drop. In the novice drivers title chase, Joshua Plaza leads Dave Gibson by eight points, again with no score to drop.
The route for the Nassco November Safari has been set by Rorie McConney and David Reece and checked by Rorie’s father Philip
and Peter Bradshaw. McConney senior said: “I had a small input in the setting, but was really all their work – the centre of the island is where the Safari mainly goes. The rain in the past week has made checking the route rather fun. We will have to wait to the weekend of the
rally to see whether any parts of it might need to be changed, as you have to work around it. The weather we are having will make it very interesting and challenging.”
The first crew is scheduled to leave the start at Structural Systems Ltd at 8 a.m. on November 10, with route one ending with the lunch halt at Chefette, Charles Rowe Bridge, at around 11:30 a.m.; route two should finish at Chapel Plantation at approximately 4 p.m., to be followed by an after party. The first route uses BRC and Tulip navigation, with two types of Tulip employed in the afternoon.
Entries opened yesterday at Motorsport Services in Haggatt Hall and will close at 1 p.m. next Tuesday (November 5). The briefing meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. the same evening, at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association Clubhouse at Searles, Christ Church, after which the entry list will be published.
The prize-giving for the Nassco November Safari will be held at the same venue on Tuesday, November 12, once results are made final at approximately 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, competitors keen to freshen up on their navigational skills and newcomers to the discipline are invited to participate in a practice safari this Sunday (November 3) set by Biddy Barber. It is slated to start at 9 a.m. from the northern parking lot at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex Gymnasium, and finish around midday at Miami Beach, Enterprise, Christ Church. (RB)