The total number of participants in the Barbados Rally Club’s 2012 MudDogs Safari Championship and the Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championship is fast approaching 100, with six new names included on the entry list for this Sunday’s fourth of five rounds – the Shelbury Construction September Safari.
BRC MudDogs chairman Warren Gollop expressed his pleasure about the new entrants.
“It is great to see new names added to the list at every event – Chris Thornhill and Michael Rodriguez have previously only contested our MudFests, so are totally new to Safari, while we have another two drivers and two navigators not yet seen for the season. That brings us to 95 in the championship events. But if you include the newcomers who try out our practice Safaris, we’re probably already comfortably past 100,” he said.
Route-setters for this Sunday’s action 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.
Gollop added: “Sunday’s event promises to be fun and relatively straightforward . . . at least on paper. We are hoping that the recent inclemency of the weather continues into the weekend, which will make it very interesting and enjoyable. With only one more event to follow this one, all the crews need to be on top of their game. Once the dropped-score rule comes into play, it looks as though we will have a real close fight right to the wire in both the overall and Chefette Novice Championships.”
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 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, a shake-up in the championship table looks inevitable this weekend.