International competitors at Sol Rally Barbados 2013 are hoping to shake up the classes right through the field, including the Group B class. Now that the group scores year-round class points in the BRC’s Virgin Atlantic Championship, the age-based rules no longer cater for all the overseas visitors who fit no other class, so Group B will be split.
The specifics of who goes where will not be confirmed until after Simpson Motors scrutineering this Saturday, but new cars include Englishman Stuart Deeley’s Lotus 62 – perhaps a bit close to the ground for Barbados – and the Toyota Starlet of Ireland’s Maurice Moffett, one of few cars ever to have won a rally on three wheels. Geoff Ullyett’s home-grown Datsun is a familiar sight, as are the Mini of Holland’s Frans Verbaas and the Ford Puma of England’s Andrew Costin-Hurley, each celebrating the 10th Anniversary of his first visit.
Historic is also split into two: the International class pits the recently-restored (and not yet tested) Triumph TR7 V8 of father and son Rob and Ross Weir against 2012 retiree Andrew Siddall’s Ford Escort MkI. Among the locals, Greg Cozier (Escort MkII) should prevail against BMW, Peugeot and Toyota opposition.