Skeetes show their speed
It was a case on Saturday of one Skeete not being enough.
Roger and Dane Skeete made it a family affair as drivers settled the Motoring Club Barbados Inc. (MCBI) Full Throttle speed event from Stewarts Hill, St John to Mapps, St Philip over the weekend.
The father and son combination showed all and sundry the way home in the day/night event with the senior Skeete, affectionately called “The Sheriff” in motoring circles, and driving a Subaru Impreza WRC S12, posting the fastest time of 1 minute 50.47 seconds.
The “Sheriff’s” offspring returned a time of 1 minute 54.15 seconds at the wheel of a Peugeot 306 Maxi and was second fastest overall. He also won SM11.
The senior Skeete consistently lowered his times over the remaining two runs; 1 min. 55. 08 on the second run and 1 minute 50.47 seconds on the third, to cap a competitive evening’s exercise watched by a moderate crowd which had taken up most of the twisting areas of the course as the sun faded.
The younger Skeete, too, returned the second fastest times of 1 minute 56.37 and 1 minute 54.15 over the remaining two runs, a performance which kept former Barbados Rally Club champion, Roger “The Ninja” Hill in a Toyota Corolla WRC, the only WRC 2 driver, in third spot with a time of 1 minute 56.03 seconds.
Rhett Watson in a BMW M3 kept the two-wheel drive chase alive and that for the overall title by winning SM12 and taking fourth place overall with a time of 1 minute 56.06 seconds, while championship leader Daryl Clarke kept his efforts in tact by winning M7 and finishing fifth overall with a time of 1 minute 56.87 seconds.
Mark Thompson in a Mitsubishi Lancer picked good lines and strengthened his position at the top of P4 by grabbing sixth place with a time of 1 minute 59.63 seconds. Justin Campbell in a BMW M3 was responsible for seventh place in the order with a time of 2 minutes 02.48 seconds, ahead of Jamal Brathwaite, who finished second in M7, at the wheel of a Honda Civic Type-R whose time was 2 minutes 02.98 seconds. Stuart McChlery in a Ford Escort MkI finished ninth with a time of 2 minutes 06. 44 seconds while Sean Field in a Peugeot 306 GTi6 won the Historic Class and rounded out the top ten with a time of 2 minutes 08.73 seconds.