Sean Gill and his Suzuki SX4 WRC were the class of the field when competitors in the Barbados Rally Club’s Virgin Atlantic Championship gathered at the popular Black Bess course in St Peter on Sunday for the BRC Autumn Gravel Sprint.
The double-header, rounds eight and nine of the championship, was run in conditions more suited to the off-roaders of the BRC’s MudDogs division, such was the havoc wrought by the rain which had started well before sunrise and continued on and off throughout the day.
More than three seconds faster than the field on both the uphill easterly run in the morning and the downhill afternoon run, Gill beat Paul Bourne (Ford Focus WRC07) into second place twice, Bourne returning to the loose for the first time in two years. Roger Hill (Toyota Corolla WRC) and Dean Serrao (Subaru Impreza WRC S9) finished third in the morning and afternoon respectively.
“The car worked reliably after its engine rebuild and allowed me to have a pretty good lead up to Rally Jamaica. The water on the stage was the most challenging part, as it really took a lot more to drive the car today compared to last year,” Gill said after his victory.