After a three-month summer break, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) off-roaders are fettling their machines in readiness to rejoin battle in the MudDogs Safari Championship and the Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championship.
The fourth of five rounds for the season is the September Safari which comes off on September 16.
With two rounds to go, the winners of the season’s opening event, the Chefette March Safari, Chris Armstrong and Wayne Clarke, respectively lead the overall driver and navigator standings, with Ryan Corbin and Dustin Edwards just two points behind.
Once a dropped score is taken into account, however, they will slip into second and third places behind Leslie Alleyne and Chris O’Neal, who won both the Chefette April Safari and the Sol Go Further 55th Anniversary June Safari.
Among the Chefette Novices, Dominic Straker and Nicholas Pinto head the driver and navigator standings, with an advantage of six points over Aswad Bannister and Nyere Jones, while dropping a score does not affect their positions, it would shuffle the next few competitors around.
Route-setters for the September Safari are Biddy Barber and Warrick Eastmond, both experienced navigators.
The first crew is scheduled to leave the start at Pool Plantation Yard, St John, at 8 a.m., with the finish at Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association (BCTSA) Club House at Searles, Christ Church, at approximately 4.30 p.m. There will be a lunch stop at Chefette, Six Roads, St Philip
Entries are open at Motorsport Services in Haggatt Hall and will close on September 11 at noon. The briefing meeting will be at 7p.m. the same evening, at the BCTSA Club House, after which the entry list will be released.
The Prize-giving for the September Safari will be held at the same venue on September 17, once results are made final.
A practice rally has been organised for this Sunday set by Darnley Rayside. It will start at Country View Bar, Market Hill, St George at 9.30a.m. and finish at Hutchie’s Shop, Bathsheba, at approximately 12 mid-day.