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Former Rally Barbados winner Roger Mayers is eagerly looking forward to his new role as Zero Car driver for Sunday’s (October 25) Flow King of the Hill and Sol Rally Barbados 2020 the following weekend. Contacted by the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) last week to see if he was available, Mayers says: “The morning after I’d agreed to do it, I woke up with a big grin on my face. This is going to be fun!”

With regular co-driver Sean Corbin on the notes, he will drive one of GuavaTech’s stable of BimmaCup cars in Frosteez, Hankook and Rubis livery. Mayers is currently without a useable rally car after he stripped down some major components of his giant-killing WR Starlet and sent them to the UK as moulds for replacements to be built, expecting the coronavirus to result in a much longer stoppage. Read More »

FIA Junior World Rally Championship contender Ruairi Bell endured a “rollercoaster of a rally” at the third round of the series, mixing encouraging pace with a devastating last stage retirement within sight of the finish line at last weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna (8th- 10th October). Read More »

Britain’s Rob Swann, the leading European contender of recent years, arrives in the island next Monday determined to win Sol Rally Barbados 2020. He posted his on-line entry two days before the closing date after constant juggling with Covid testing, travel and quarantine arrangements for himself and his Welsh co-driver and friend Darren Garrod, who faced even more complicated protocols to get from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where he was competing last weekend.

Swann said: “I have Darren back with me for this event, fresh from co-driving for Ruari Bell in JWRC, so he has had to go through a lot of testing and travelling to make the journey from the Med to the Caribbean. Like me, though, he really wants to win this event and that is why we have gone to such a lot of effort to make the rally this year.” Read More »

Torrential rain and exceptionally slippery roads contributed to Meirion Evans’ suffering a rare retirement at the weekend, as his trip to the Aarova Rally in Belgium came to an end on stage four.

The 25-year old Welshman was eager to start his first rally since February, and despite being out of The Scan Station-backed Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 for such a long time his split times, set against the very best local drivers, were very good. Read More »

Two British rally crews will cross the Atlantic this month to be reunited with cars they had spent many hours rebuilding in readiness for Sol Rally Barbados 2020. Despite the additional challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, returnees Simon Nutter and Chris Surman pressed on regardless to complete the work they had started early in the year to ensure they could make the trip.

Former FIA Middle East F2 Rally Champion Nutter and co-driver wife Fiona will run their Competition Supplies/Westgate Tyres & Exhaust/Scotty’s Cheap Car Hire/Coconut Court Beach Hotel/Udale’s Quality Meats Toyota Corolla in Historic 1, while Surman and his partner Zowie Boiston will compete in their Group N Warmstyle Motorsport/Top Performance Services/Ignition Motor Sport/Syvecs Subaru Impreza. Read More »

Confirmation today (October 6) of the participation in Sol Rally Barbados 2020 of Scotland’s Fraser Louden and George Sherman of the United States has boosted the four-wheel-drive entry for this month’s 31st running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. Along with other overseas visitors, they have earned praise from the organisers for the efforts they are making to travel to the island against the background of the restrictions required by Covid-19 protocols.

Following its postponement as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event will now run over the weekend of October 31/November 1, with the Prizegiving on Sunday evening at the Vaucluse Raceway, where the 19th and final stage will end. The previous Saturday, Bushy Park will host Scrutineering, while Flow King of the Hill on the Sunday will return to Stewarts Hill, running on a similar course to last year and once again the basis for seeding the main event. Read More »

Meirion Evans hasn’t contested a rally since the beginning of February, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic putting the brakes on motorsport events around the world. But his unplanned long and enforced break will come to an end later this month, when he contests the Aarova Rally in Belgium on Sunday 11 October.

The 25-year old driver was all set to challenge for the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship title this year – but the series was cancelled after he’d finished fourth on the opening round, the Galway International Rally. Read More »

Despite winning Sol Rally Barbados four times in the last five years, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton is approaching this year’s 31st running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event in a less than confident mood. In a year in which coronavirus has created unprecedented global upheaval, the continuing social distancing and travel restrictions under Covid-19 protocols mean planning for the event has been anything but simple.

Following its postponement as a result of the pandemic, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event will now run over the weekend of October 31/November 1, with the Prizegiving on the Sunday evening. The previous Saturday, Bushy Park will host Scrutineering, while King of the Hill on the Sunday will return to Stewarts Hill, running on a similar course to last year and once again the basis for seeding the main event. Read More »

Double British Rally Champion Matt Edwards will return to the Caribbean next month to compete in Sol Rally Barbados 2020 and continue his mentoring role as co-driver to Turks & Caicos Rally Team member Paul Horton in his Ford Fiesta R5. Confirmation today (September 28) of Trinidad & Tobago’s David Coelho’s entry in his Fiesta brings the number of entries in the island’s burgeoning FIA R5 class to a record seven.

Following its postponement as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event will now run over the weekend of October 31/November 1, with the Prizegiving on the Sunday evening. The previous Saturday, Bushy Park will host Scrutineering, while King of the Hill on the Sunday will return to Stewarts Hill, running on a similar course to last year and once again the basis for seeding the main event.

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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 »