Roger Skeete, the twelve-time winner of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event, Sol Rally Barbados, started his 2014 domestic campaign with victory in the Motoring Club of Barbados Inc’s Spring Blaze 14 tarmac sprint last Sunday.
Skeete’s Subaru Impreza WRC S12 was the only WRC-1 entry, with the Suzuki SX4 WRC of Neil Armstrong and Ford Focus WRC07 of Paul Bourne already overseas for Rally Trinidad this weekend.
Skeete’s son Dane made it a family double with victory in SuperModified 11 in his Peugeot 306 Maxi. Alone in WRC-2, Roger Hill (Toyota Corolla WRC), finished second to Skeete, with Josh Read (Toyota Starlet) third, the top two-wheel drive and winner of Super Modified 10, by just four-tenths from Ian Warren (Suzuki Swift).
Only part one of the planned double-header was completed, as the reverse runs came to an end after an accident for Warren. While the Swift was extensively damaged, its safety equipment saved him from major injury, although he suffered severe bruising.
Rally Trinidad celebrates the tenth anniversary of its re-launch in its current format with Jamaica’s Jeff Panton (Focus WRC06) and hometown boy John Powell (Focus WRC08) – they have won twice each since 2010 – both sidelined.
That opens the door for Bourne, winner in 2004 & 2008, or Armstrong, who finished second to Panton last year, to carry the trophy home to Barbados.
Sol Rally Barbados and Scotiabank King Of The Hill are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 55th Anniversary in 2012; Sol Rally Barbados 2014 is the 25th running of the Club’s annual International All-Stage Rally and marks the seventh year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent
oil company. (RB)