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Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton paid tribute to co-driver Michael Fennell Jnr after they claimed a fourth consecutive win in Sol Rally Barbados at the weekend (June 1-3). After sharing a champagne podium celebration at Bushy Park on Sunday evening with British crews Rob Swann and Darren Garrod, Paul Bird and Jack Morton, Panton said: “Mike really does all the ground work, I only drive, and his efforts play a big role in the success.”

Panton’s fifth victory on the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) blue riband event comes two decades after he became the first regional winner, in a Toyota Celica GT4, in 1998. Since 2012, when he bought the Ford Focus WRC06 in which two-time World Champion Marcus Gronholm won the 2007 Galway International, he has regularly rewritten the region’s record books, having also added a hat-trick of Flow King of the Hill victories this year. Read More »

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Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): CDN – Canada; ENG – England; GUY – Guyana; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; T&T – Trinidad & Tobago; TCI – Turks & Caicos; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales

1st Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (WRC-1 Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06), 1h 05m 26.13s
2nd Rob Swann – ENG/Darren Garrod – WAL (WRC-1 Elegant Hotels/Blue Sky Luxury/Cygnet Plant Subaru Impreza WRC S12B), +01:18.58s
3rd Paul Bird – ENG/Jack Morton – ENG (WRC-1 Frank Bird Poultry/Be Wiser Insurance/Hager/Fuchs Titan Race/Loco Energy Drink Ford Focus WRC08), +01:37.74 Read More »

Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird made a welcome return to SOL Rally Barbados at the weekend and came away with a superb podium placing by claiming a battling third position.

After claiming runner-up spot in last weekend’s Flow King of the Hill Rallysprint, the Langwathby driver along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton were hoping to add to his double victory on the Caribbean island after two years away. Read More »

Following their third consecutive victory in Flow King of the Hill last weekend, Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennell Jnr are top seeds for the 29th edition of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. They head a list of 91 cars from 13 nations in the final running order for this weekend’s Sol Rally Barbados 2018, published by the BRC at last evening’s (Wednesday) Briefing Meeting at Mahogany Ridge, St Thomas.

Their Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06 will carry number one when they leave tomorrow’s (Friday) Ceremonial Start at the Vaucluse Raceway (VRW) and head straight into action, running side-by-side with former UK National Rally Champion Paul Bird, returning after a two-year absence, with new co-driver Jack Morton in the Frank Bird Poultry/Be Wiser Insurance/Hager/Fuchs Titan Race/Loco Energy Drink Focus WRC08. They will not be the first interviewees on the start ramp, however, as cars will run in reverse order of seeding, tackling two laps of the RallySprint track for a total distance of 5.8 kilometres, starting at 6.00pm. Read More »

With victory in yesterday’s (Sunday) Flow King of the Hill, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton has joined island legend Roger Skeete as a three-time winner of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) annual Sol Rally Barbados shakedown. Adding back-to-back KotH wins to last year’s Sol RB hat-trick, Panton and co-driver Mike Fennell (Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06) have re-written the record books once again.

Returning after a two-year absence, England’s Paul Bird – he won KotH in 2012 & ’14 – pushed Panton hard, falling short by only six-tenths, on a day of close battles throughout the near-record field. Panton said: “I was a bit shaky in the beginning and had a spin early on. On the third and fourth runs we pushed really hard, because Bird was going very good and it feels like I have a target on my back. There’s a lot of pressure, but we will rise to the challenge and do our best; win, lose or draw, we enjoy the competition.” Read More »

FLOW KING OF THE HILL 2018
Results

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): ENG – England; JAM – Jamaica; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; T&T – Trinidad & Tobago; TCI – Turks & Caicos; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales

1st Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (WRC-1 Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06), 2m 43.75s
2nd Paul Bird – ENG/Jack Morton – ENG (WRC-1 Frank Bird Poultry/Be Wiser Insurance/Hager/Fuchs Titan Race/Loco Energy Drink Ford Focus WRC08), + 00.61s
3rd Rob Swann – ENG/Darren Garrod – WAL (WRC-1 Elegant Hotels/Blue Sky Luxury/Cygnet Plant Subaru Impreza WRC S12B), + 02.28s Read More »

Ninety crews – one shy of the record entry in 2012 – will contest Sunday’s (May 27) Flow King of the Hill, the final shakedown ahead of Sol Rally Barbados 2018 (June 1-3). Last year’s winner, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton, Britain’s Paul Bird and island legend Roger Skeete, who have won seven of the 10 previous editions of KotH between them, will go head-to-head in a battle for supremacy that truly captures the spirit of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event – a showdown between local, regional and international drivers.

The provisional running order published today (May 25) lists the 90 starters in 14 classifications, with Group B split to accommodate the rare presence of eligible four-wheel-drive cars. As before, the results of Flow KotH will be used to seed Sol RB18 – drivers who either don’t compete or fail to set a time will be seeded behind the last car in their class, unless safety considerations dictate otherwise – but the event takes on even greater significance for local drivers this year, as the opening round of the 2018 Flow Super-Sprint Series, a new stand-alone BRC Championship. Read More »

The return of night stages to Sol Rally Barbados – two loops in the north of the island will bring Saturday’s action to a close – have attracted positive feedback from competitors seeking a fresh challenge. With a new location for Friday’s Ceremonial Start and opening stage among other changes to the route, Sol RB18 next weekend (June 1-3) promises a weekend of thrills for competitors and spectators alike.

For the first time, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event will start on the RallySprint track at the Vaucluse Raceway in St Thomas (June 1, at 5.50pm), with cars running 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 start-line, before moving forward to tackle two laps of the RallySprint track. Read More »

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 »

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 »