Competitors in the Barbados Rally Club’s 2012 MudDogs Safari Championship and the Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championship are making final preparations for this Sunday’s fifth and final round – the Nassco November Safari.
With route-setters Chris Armstrong and Wayne Clarke, champions-elect for 2012, revealing little of what they have in store for the 20 crews listed on the running order, an intriguing day is in prospect. Although dislodging Armstrong and Clarke is unlikely, there is all to play for among the crews chasing the places, so a day of determined competition is anticipated.
The BRC MudDogs chairman Warren Gollop said: “Although the entry list is rather shorter than we had hoped for, there are interesting and experienced crews out there, among them some of our previous route-setters wanting to pit themselves against Chris and ‘Mork’. There’s a rather lower Novice entry as well, but all the key players are in there to settle the final positions.”
Sean Dowding returns to the driving seat in a Toyota Hilux, having set the Chefette April Safari with navigator Kirk Watkins. While it is Dowding’s first competitive outing of the year, Watkins finished ninth in the Sol Go Further 55th Anniversary June Safari, navigating for Wayne Manning. Manning (Suzuki Samurai) is back, too, re-united with his regular rally co-driver Willie Hinds, who has been sitting with Mike Ward in recent Safari seasons.
Biddy Barber and Warrick Eastmond (Mitsubishi Pajero), route-setters for the Shelbury Construction September Safari, are also in action, as are Audley and Jeremy Croney (Suzuki Vitara), who set the June Safari along with Peter and Judy-Ann Bradshaw.
Gollop added: “This is a great way to end what has been a season of many twists and turns. . . and am I really looking forward to seeing who comes out on top on Sunday. I am sure that Chris and Wayne will have come up with a route that causes everyone involved to pause for thought on a regular basis.”
The first crew is set to leave the start of the Nassco November Safari at Chefette Charles Rowe Bridge, St George, at 8.01a.m. with the finish at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association Club House at Searles, Christ Church, at around 4.30p.m. There will be a lunch stop at Chefette Six Roads, St Philip, after which the afternoon route will include two driver challenges. The Prize-giving will be held at the BCTSA Clubhouse on November 12, once results are made final. (RB)