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Jamaica’s Jeff Panton and Mike Fennell re-wrote the record books again yesterday (Sunday) with their fourth straight victory in Flow King of the Hill, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) annual Sol Rally Barbados shakedown. Having trailed England’s Rob Swann for the first three runs, Panton made the final run count, to win by a margin of 12 hundredths of a second in the Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06.

With the car undergoing a total rebuild, Panton has seen no action since last year, as he explained at the finish: “The times today reflect how much I had to catch back up. All day I really thought Rob had it, right up to the last run when we put on a set of fresh tyres and just went for it. To come out on top is a major confidence boost for next weekend, when we need to be driving more like we did in the last run.” Read More »

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A record entry of 95 crews will contest Sunday’s (May 26) Flow King of the Hill, the final shakedown ahead of Sol Rally Barbados 2019 (May 31 to June 2), the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event. A classic showdown between local, regional and international drivers is on the cards, to be played out in front of huge crowds as the event makes a popular return to Stewart’s Hill, an iconic venue in island motor sport.

Dane Skeete steps up to lead the ‘home team’, driving the Subaru Impreza WRC S12B in which his father Roger won KotH three times, a score equalled last year by Jamaica’s Jeff Panton (Ford Focus WRC06). With Britain’s Rob Swann (Impreza S12B) and Kevin Procter (Ford Fiesta) also in the mix – their best finishes are, respectively, second in 2017 and third in 2008 – the result of Sunday’s event is not a foregone conclusion, but the outcome will fuel some lively discussions among fans in the coming days. Read More »

Since the first European competitors arrived in the island earlier this week to be reunited with rally cars they last saw at the UK port of Dover in early May, the final countdown to Sol Rally Barbados 2019 is in full swing. With the Rally Show this Saturday (May 25) launching 10 days of intense activity, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) preparations have changed into high gear; Flow King of the Hill follows on Sunday at its new home at Stewart’s Hill, St Philip, with the 30th running of the BRC’s blue riband event, Sol RB19, from Friday to Sunday, May 31 to June 2.

The arrivals hall at the Grantley Adams International Airport is a blaze of colour each afternoon, as overseas crews, their families and friends alight from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick or Manchester airports, already wearing their team T-shirts. Read More »

There will be something for everyone at The Rally Show, when it returns to the Banks Playing Field at Wildey for the second year next Saturday (May 25); once again, the Show will run from 1.00pm to 6.00pm. Building on the success of last year’s switch of venue, the organisers have attracted a wide range of exhibitors, large and small, to keep the whole family engaged, while the ‘petrol-heads’ enjoy unrivalled access to approaching 100 local, regional and international cars and their crews.

While major sponsors will already have showcased their own teams at pre-event limes, the Rally Show offers the only chance for local fans to see all the cars entered for Flow King of the Hill (May 26) and Sol Rally Barbados 2019 (May 31-June 2) in one location. Read More »

Local drivers chasing points in the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) 2019 Driver’s and Class Championships are heading in to the most important two weekends of the year. As Flow King of the Hill (May 26) and Sol Rally Barbados (May 31 – June 2) draw ever nearer, on-line ‘countdowns’ are fraying the nerves of mechanics across the island, while drivers are gearing themselves up to face with the largest local entry in recent years.

At Flow KotH, the speed event points scale gives 15 for a class win, while Sol RB19 represents two Championship rounds – Friday and Saturday’s 13 stages are round three, Sunday’s stages round four – with 20 points each for a class win; that gives a maximum possible score of 55 points over the two weekends, which is a little over 40 per cent of the year’s total. With only seven qualifying rounds and no dropped score, dealing with the pressure cooker atmosphere of these upcoming weekends is key to success. Read More »

Four newcomers to rallying in the Caribbean are among the record-equalling 22 female participants in Sol Rally Barbados 2019, the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. While England’s Cheryl Spencer is this year’s only driver, the list of co-drivers includes first-time visitors Jane Nicol and Nikki Addison, who both won titles in last year’s 50th Anniversary Scottish Rally Championship (SRC).

Sol RB19 will run from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, with The Rally Show on the previous Saturday (May 25) followed Flow King of the Hill at its new location of Stewarts Hill on Sunday, May 26; the Geest Line freighter Baltic Klipper is due at the island’s Bridgetown Port tomorrow, carrying more than 30 cars from the UK. Read More »

New for 2019
• Sol RB19 is the first edition of the BRC’s premier event to run with the RallySafe event management system, which the Club rolled out for the first time at its Shakedown Stages in April. Developed in Australia and deployed on all rounds of the World Rally Championship (WRC), RallySafe provides a comprehensive rally management system, with live timing and vehicle tracking, bringing increased efficiencies in timing, communication, results delivery and safety. Fans will be able to follow more timely results on all of our social media platforms . . . Read More »

The Barbados Rally Club (BRC) is targetting the 30th running of its premier event very firmly at the island’s huge spectator base, a key component in the sport’s growth in recent years. As the provisional entry list of 100 crews – the most since Sol RB12 – was confirmed at today’s (Wednesday) Media Briefing at Mahogany Ridge, St James, the organising team made clear that this year’s event is “one for the fans”.

Rally Director Neil Barnard said: “From the start of our planning for this 30th running of the event, there were some key elements we wanted to include, which would take the fans back to the early days, then bring them right up to the present day. We’ve included a number of the most popular viewing spots, the Duck Pond at Kendal, the Malvern Wall, the 90 at Vaucluse . . . and then a SuperSpecial Finish inside the Vaucluse Raceway. But more than that, thanks to the support of our title sponsor Sol and the promotion being launched today, thousands of fans will have a fantastic opportunity to enjoy our brand new Friday night stages at Bushy Park Barbados.” Read More »

Two British newcomers, whose rally cars were among more than 30 loaded on to the Geest Line freighter Baltic Klipper today (Saturday), bring the total number of overseas entries confirmed for Sol Rally Barbados 2019 to more than 40 for the fifth straight year. George Morrison and Chris Surman will make their Caribbean debuts in just three weeks time in the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event.

Sol RB19 will run from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, with The Rally Show on the previous Saturday (May 25) followed by Flow King of the Hill at its new location of Stewart’s Hill on Sunday, May 26; the provisional entry list, along with details of the schedule will be revealed at the annual Media Briefing next Wednesday (May 8). Read More »

Despite a “very disappointing end” to their first outing together in Sunday’s closed-road Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton in the UK, Rob Swann and Steve McNulty have confirmed today (April 29) that they are teaming up for Sol Rally Barbados 2019, the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. They were forced to retire when a road section penalty cost them any chance of fighting for victory, which was claimed by Tom Preston and Carl Williamson, Preston’s first on a tarmac event, and just days before the Hippo Group Skoda Fabia R5 ships to the Caribbean.

With Swann’s Subaru Impreza WRC S12B already in Barbados, he was competing for the first time in a Mitsubishi Mirage R5, carrying the logos of regular backers Elegant Hotels, Blue Sky Luxury and Cygnet Plant. Read More »