Some of the Caribbean’s likely front-runners for this year’s Sol Rally Barbados are in action for the first time this season in events this weekend.
There will be the Spring Blaze, a tarmac sprint organised by the Motoring Club of Barbados Inc and will feature some of the island’s top names. Then over in the south Caribbean there will be Rally Trinidad 2013 which will highlight a regional mix of top driving contenders.
This Sunday’s local event which also serves as the opening rounds of the Barbados Rally Club’s Virgin Atlantic Championship, will give Barbados’ motor sports enthusiasts who have been starved of action since October a taste of things to come.
The provisional list includes Roger Skeete (Subaru Impreza WRC S12), 12-time winner of the BRC’s premier event, 2003 and 2007 winner Paul Bourne (Ford Focus WRC07) and Roger Hill in his Toyota Corolla WRC.
Reigning BRC two-wheel drive champion Logan Watson (BMW M3) heads that section of the entry, along with brother Rhett (BMW M3), Ian Warren (Suzuki Swift), Josh Read (Toyota Starlet) and Brett Clarke (Citroen C2).
Two hundred miles south, Rally Trinidad which runs from March 22 to 24 is the first of the Caribbean’s Big Three events for 2013, a high-speed loose-surface event, the 30-car entry is headed by last year’s winner, Trinidad’s John Powell (Impreza S14).
He faces off against 2011 winner, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton, who finished second last year when he debuted his Focus WRC06, and Neil Armstrong of Barbados, making his WRC debut in the Suzuki SX4 WRC.†