Shorter stage for weekend rally

Paul Bourne will be in action this weekend.

The MCBI’s EZ Pave 2012 All Stage Rally will be held this Saturday with the action starting at the EZ Pave Complex, Lower Greys, Christ Church at 12 p.m.

The route will take competitors further east of the island to the first special stage from Mapps to Stewarts Hill. This stage is expected to get started at 12.20 p.m. From there the cars will be heading to the second venue, Andrews to Malvern.

This year, in an effort to reduce congestion with the travelling public and help control the spectator management aspect of the event, the Barbados Motoring Club has decided to shorten this stage.

The stage will now end prior to the famous Malvern Great House wall. It is expected that the stop-over will be around 5.30 p.m. for one hour and the cars will restart at dusk with them heading back Stewarts Hill. However, this time the cars will be running downhill and the stage will now be Stewarts Hill to Mapps. Just as before the cars will head out to Malvern and this stage will also be run in reverse (Malvern to Andrews). There is one overseas competitor, Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton, who has come to continue the Jamaican gold medal winning ways. Panton will be competing in a WRC Ford Focus with local navigator Jason Cozier with the hope of carrying the overall trophy back to his homeland.

Panton’s main competition will come from Roger Skeete in his WRX S12 Subaru Impreza and Paul Bourne in his WRX Ford Focus.

There is a surprise in store for the spectators at the end of the rally. An arrangement has been made to show all of the footage recorded during the running of the rally on a big screen at the finish, which will be at the EZ Pave complex. This will be a great opportunity for all of the supporters to rub shoulders with favourite competitors while recapping the day’s action.

It is expected that the rally will be completed by 10.30 p.m. Thirty-one cars are expected to face the starter. (DW)

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