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As the first European competitors arrived over the weekend to be reunited with rally cars they last saw at Dover, the new UK port of departure, just over three weeks ago, the final countdown to Sol Rally Barbados 2018 is under way. With the Rally Show this Saturday (May 27) launching 10 days of intense activity, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) preparations have changed up a gear; Flow King of the Hill follows on Sunday, with the BRC’s blue riband event, Sol RB18, running from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3.

Coinciding with FIA Volunteers Weekend, in which the world governing body celebrated the invaluable contribution made by those who give freely of their time to facilitate the sport, there was a comprehensive Marshals Training Day at the Vaucluse Raceway on Saturday (May 20). The same day, another crew of volunteers worked with Bridgetown Port staff to clear 28 cars and two service barges from the UK through Customs, plus two from Trinidad & Tobago, then deliver them to ‘Rally Central’ at Bushy Park Barbados. Read More »

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Motor sport fans and their families will be spoiled for choice at The Rally Show next Saturday (May 26), as the move to the former Banks Facility at Wildey has allowed organisers to expand the scope of the event to appeal to an even wider audience . . . and for longer, too, running from 1.00pm to 6.00pm. While the ‘petrol-heads’ enjoy unrivalled access to more than 90 local, regional and international cars and their crews, a mix of exhibitors large and small, competitions, the Chefette Kids Zone and the Harbour Lights Cultural Extravaganza will keep the whole family engaged.

Key partners, including title sponsors the Sol Group and Flow, will already have staged pre-rally limes to showcase their own teams, but the Rally Show will be the only chance for local fans to see all the cars entered for Flow King of the Hill (May 27) and Sol Rally Barbados 2018 (June 1-3) in one location. With technical scrutineering ahead of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event now carried out at Bushy Park, the cars – including around 20 new to Sol RB – will be on static display throughout the afternoon. Read More »

The battle for Two-Wheel-Drive honours in Sol Rally Barbados 2018 looks set to be a thriller for local fans, as at least six potential winners battle second-for-second with one another, while snapping away at the heels of the 4wd cars. The Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event, Sol RB18 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3, with The Rally Show and Flow King of the Hill (KotH) the previous weekend, May 26/27.

Over the past decade, in which the 2wd battle has often eclipsed the fight for overall honours, seven drivers have won: Neil Armstrong (2011-‘12), Ian Warren (2010 & ’13) and Rhett Watson (2014-‘15) twice, with single wins for Sean Gill (2008), Barry (2017) and Roger (2016) Mayers, plus Jonathan Still (2009), whose 12th overall marks the only time in the event’s 28-year history that the top 10 included no 2wd cars. Roger’s fourth place matched his younger sibling’s 2005 result as the highest-overall finish since the last outright 2wd victory (Roger Skeete, Peugeot 306 S16) in 1997. Read More »

Local drivers chasing points in the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) 2018 Driver’s and Class Championships are preparing for the two most important weekends of the year, with Flow King of the Hill (May 27) and Sol Rally Barbados (June 1-3) just over the horizon. And they will need to be on top of their game if they want to keep the year-end trophies at home, with a record number of overseas drivers registered for points, following in the wheel-tracks of Jamaica’s Jeff Panton, who was last year crowned the BRC’s first non-national Champion Driver.

David Coelho of Trinidad & Tobago won the Group A title in 2016, while the Turks & Caicos Motoring Club’s Stan Hartling and Paul Horton are both regular competitors; the number has been boosted this year by the addition of Hartling’s son Ben, George Sherman of the United States and Britain’s Rob Swann, all of whom currently have cars based in the island . . . and all seven have already scored points. Read More »

New for 2018
• the Ceremonial Start on Friday, June 2 (6.30pm) moves to the Vaucluse Raceway and, this year, it will lead straight in to the first timed stage . . . immediately! Cars will run in reverse order of seeding, side-by-side in pairs; each crew will be interviewed on the Ceremonial Start ramp to the south of the startline, before moving forward to tackle two laps of the RallySprint track, a distance of 5.80kms. It is a challenging start to the event, as was demonstrated during last year’s BRC Winter Rally, and requires real concentration
• ‘proper’ night stages are back! On Saturday night, a four-stage loop after the dinner halt will use two stage venues that are close together, so should run quickly and efficiently. These have been timed to allow a reasonably early night for crews, despite the number of Saturday stages rising to 13 for the first time since 2011 Read More »

Sol Rally Barbados has attracted more than 40 overseas entries for the fourth straight year, maintaining its global reputation as a ‘must-do’ event for crews across the world. The provisional entry list of 93 crews was confirmed at today’s (Wednesday) Media Briefing at Mahogany Ridge, St James, along with a number of changes to the event’s format, which organisers believe will create a stern test of skill and endurance for the 29th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) blue riband event on June 1 to 3.

There is a new location for the Ceremonial Start – crews will drive straight from the presentation ramp into the event’s first competitive stage at the Vaucluse Raceway in St Thomas – while there has been a significant refresh of the route. Saturday will be longer than in the recent past, with 13 special stages, including a night-time loop of four tests in the north of the island, while slightly longer Sunday stages in the east will lead to the final stage, timed for inclusion in the results, and after-party at Bushy Park Barbados. Read More »

Three more overseas crews confirmed today (May 4) for Sol Rally Barbados 2018 emphasise one of the core values of the Barbados Rally Club (BRC), the importance of family to the sustainable future of motor sport. A key pillar of the island’s sports-tourism product, Sol RB continues year-on-year to deliver visitors who combine the event with a family holiday. Sol RB18 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3, with The Rally Show and Flow King of the Hill (KotH) the previous weekend, May 26/27.

Rallying couples Marcel Freling and Karen Robinson and Howard and Ruth Paterson, plus father and daughter Simon Nutter and Sonia Dent are the latest of 11 overseas family partnerships to post their entries. They join the likes of England’s Cheryl and Barry Spencer, who will mark the 10th anniversary of their beachfront wedding in Barbados, while Trinidad & Tobago’s Ryan and Scott Pinheiro and United States crew George and Anthony Sherman fall in to the father and son category. Read More »

Ryan Champion, who became the first British winner of the East African Safari Classic Rally last November in a Porsche 911 with owner Richard Jackson, is today confirmed for Sol Rally Barbados 2018, following a successful shakedown at the Chris Birkbeck Rally School yesterday (Monday). Sol RB18 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3, with The Rally Show and Flow King of the Hill (KotH) the previous weekend, May 26/27.

Champion was among a number of Sol RB18 competitors heading south today, as Geest Line prepares to load approaching 30 cars on Sunday (May 6) at the south coast port of Dover, in the shadow of the famous ‘White Cliffs’, to ship across the Atlantic to the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International. Read More »

With the United Kingdom facing another cold snap – sub-zero temperatures are forecast again in the coming days – rally crews across the country are turning their thoughts to warmer climes, and to Sol Rally Barbados 2018. As next week’s deadline approaches for cars to be delivered to the south coast port of Dover, new home of Geest Line’s shipping operations, the overseas entry has reached 35, with further announcements to come.

Sol RB18 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3, with The Rally Show and Flow King of the Hill (KotH) the previous weekend, May 26/27. Today’s confirmations of four more competitors in the Clubman, Modified and SuperModified categories, raises the total in the on-line entry list on the official web site, rallybarbados.net, to 85 cars. Read More »

Former Rallycross Champion Andy Scott confirmed today (April 18) that he will drive a newly-acquired Ford Fiesta R5 in Sol Rally Barbados 2018, having had such “a great experience” on his debut last year in a rented Ford Escort MkII. An excited Scott landed in the island yesterday (Tuesday) from his home in Dumfries, Scotland, just 72 hours after the Fiesta arrived at the Bridgetown Port, and will drive the car in anger for the first time in Sunday’s (April 22) Carter’s Pit Stop Stages.

Sol RB18 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3, with The Rally Show and Flow King of the Hill (KotH) the previous weekend, May 26/27. With the entry closing date just nine days away, more than 80 crews are now shown in the on-line entry list on the official web site, rallybarbados.net, with Scott’s Fiesta bringing the 4wd total to 23. Read More »