Rally action this Sunday

 Seven months after it started, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) 2015 Championship will be settled this Sunday at the double-header Winter Sprint at Lamberts to Josey Hill – and back – in St Lucy.

Twenty-five drivers were confirmed in the running order published today, including all the leading contenders in the chase for the sought-after champion driver title.

After a perfect record of class wins by each driver in the previous six events, a spread of just five points covers reigning champion Rhett Watson, Wayne Archer and Jeremy Croney – all look set to compete in fully-subscribed classes on Sunday, so their efforts should not be overshadowed by the threat of reduced points being awarded.

Alongside a continued clean sweep of SuperModified 12 class wins, Watson will be looking for a good haul of points in the two-wheel-drive championship, which he also leads, although his closest challengers would struggle to catch him. There’s strong competition for two-wheel-drive  honours on the day, however – twice – with Josh Read (Toyota Starlet) and Roger Mayers (WR Starlet) seeded ahead of Watson’s BMW M3. In the class, he faces the rapid Justin Campbell and David St Hill, both also in M3s.

Historic class leader Archer is sharing his BMW 325 with regular co-driver Derek Edwards, who will lead the field off at number one (to allow time for him to return and hand over to Archer), with Dane Skeete making his third appearance in father Roger’s Subaru Impreza WRC S12 at two.

Starting at three, Roger Hill (Toyota Corolla WRC) looks unassailable in the four-wheel-drive championship, although Mark Thompson and Trinidad & Tobago’s David Coelho will be looking to increase their totals in their Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IXs, along with Avinash Chatrani in his GpA Evo VI.

Roger Hill leads the four-wheel drive championship.  (Picture by Nicholas Bhajan Photography)
Roger Hill leads the four-wheel drive championship.
(Picture by Nicholas Bhajan Photography)

Croney (Peugeot 205XS) leads the Clubman class, which continues to be well supported.  On Sunday, he will have opposition from Rommell Martin (Starlet), Pierre Clarke (Honda Civic) and Trevor Mapp (Mitsubishi Colt).

BRC competition secretary Neil Corbin said: “Although this event has the ability to significantly change the championship standings, we anticipate that the nature of a sprint event will allow for some good fun motor sport. We hope fans will come out in their numbers for our last event of the season . . . then hang around afterwards for an informal post-event social at the service park at Chance Hall, St Lucy.”

Sunday’s event is slated for a 9 a.m. start, following scrutineering in the service park. There will be one practice run and three official runs in each direction, the course first running from Josey Hill to Lamberts, with the reverse direction runs scheduled for around 11 a.m. The times are not cumulative, the fastest official run in each direction used to determine class and overall positions. (RB)

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