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Monthly Archives: September 2020

The Barbados Rally Club (BRC) has confirmed a radical rethink of all former conventions in planning the route for the delayed Sol Rally Barbados 2020, changes made possible in part by the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Highlights of the two-day event will include the longest special stage in recent memory, a move away from the tradition of Saturday stages in the north of the island and Sunday’s in the south-east and a journey through all but one of the island’s parishes.

While details of the start and finish are yet to be finalised, as work continues to create the safest Covid-19 environment, the Club promises a challenging event. PRO Neil Barnard says: “The travel and quarantine restrictions around the pandemic have resulted in a reduced number of entries, which has allowed us to experiment in a way that would not have been possible with our usual full complement. The route passes through at least five parishes on both days, the timed stages total around 50 kilometres each day, and we are using some stage layouts that are either new or haven’t been used in nearly 20 years.” Read More »

Like a lot of people during Lockdown, I found myself delving into some of my old photographs from my early motorsport career – particularly the very early years when I was still learning my trade!

It led me to resurrecting my old UK Rally Calendar which I had stopped doing since I retired. I’ve used a selection of some of my old favourite pictures from some of my favourite and memorable locations (some of which probably arent used any more) and title it ‘Classic Rallying’!

It features many of the great cars and drivers of the late 80s and early 90s such as Malcolm Wilson in the Ford Sierra Cosworth 4×4 and the late Dave Metcalfe in the Vauxhall Nova. Read More »

The Latvian capital, Riga is the venue for rounds five and six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy this weekend, 19-20 September.

Neste World Rallycross of Riga-Latvia takes place at the Bikernieki circuit 10km east of Riga city centre and will be the fifth time the World Championship has taken place in Latvia. Read More »

The addition of a new Citroen C3 ERX with support from Citroen Racing and two drivers who raced in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2019 will boost the Projekt E field in the second round of the new series for all-electric racecars. Read More »

British rally driver Steve Brown will tick off yet another discipline on his motorsport list, by contesting his first-ever full circuit race at the wheel of a historic 1965 Ford Mustang during the Classic Sports Car Club meeting at Donington Park on the 25th/26th September.

The Rochdale driver would exchange the rally stages for the rallycross tour in 2019, driving a BMW MINI in the Toyo Tyres British Rallycross Championship, finishing third in his rookie season. Read More »

Three decades on from claiming the first overseas result in the Barbados Rally Club’s International All-Stage Rally – he finished ninth in 1991 in a Volkswagen Golf GTI – Britain’s Howard Paterson is pulling out all the stops to make sure he can compete in Sol Rally Barbados 2020. Against the background of uncertainties created by Covid-19, the well-travelled Paterson says that “Barbados is the only place I would consider shipping my car out to and doing an event.”

Following its postponement as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Sol RB20 will run on October 31/November 1, with the Prizegiving on the Sunday evening. The previous weekend, Bushy Park Barbados will play host to Scrutineering (Saturday, October 24), while Sunday’s Flow King of the Hill will again be used to seed the main event. Read More »

Blackheath rally driver Ruairi Bell overcame a horrifying crash in Portugal to secure his best result in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship last weekend (4-6 September), taking fourth place at Rally Estonia, round two of the coveted series.

The 20-year-old from London, adapted perfectly the super-fast gravel roads, setting top-three fastest stage times on his way to a best-ever Junior World rally Championship (JWRC) result. Read More »

Team Parker Racing travelled to the Nürburgring with its Bentley Continental GT3 for round two of the GT World Challenge Endurance Cup at the weekend (September 4-6), but contact from another car in the opening laps cost any chance of a good result. Read More »

Roger Hill and Barry Mayers are joint leaders of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Champion Driver title chase following the coronavirus-delayed start to the season at last month’s HammerTime 20, jointly organised with the Motoring Club of Barbados Inc (MCBI). Mayers leads the 2wd Championship too, while there are also joint leaders of the 4wd standings, Britain’s Rob Swann and his arch-rival and close friend Jamaican Jeffrey Panton, who both jetted in for the double-header sprint.

With the Championship cut from seven to six qualifying rounds due to the pandemic, Flow King of the Hill (October 25) and Sol Rally Barbados (October 31/November 1) will this year carry greater weight than before in the Club’s annual Driver’s and Class Championships; of the maximum of 113 points possible from a perfect score of six class wins, almost half – 55 – will come from those two high-pressure weekends. Read More »

Spa World Rallycross of Benelux, the Belgian round of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship, scheduled to take place on 3-4 October, will be postponed to 21-22 November.

The move to November is being made in anticipation of being able welcome a larger number of fans to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Current restrictions on the size of public gatherings in Belgium mean that only 400 spectators would be admitted to the event in October.

This decision has been made after careful consideration and consultation with the FIA, the Belgian ASN and the local event organiser. Further information about the event is available here (https://www.sparxbenelux.com/en/) .