As competitors in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Drivers And Class Championships start preparations for the upcoming Valvoline Rally on April 13 – the second of eight rounds this year – there is a three-way tie in the champion driver’s title chase among Andrew Mallalieu, Josh Read and Daryl Clarke.
The BRC’s points-scoring for the season opened at the Spring Blaze 14 tarmac sprint, organized by the Motoring Club of Barbados Inc. Only three BRC classes were fully-subscribed, which has allowed Mallalieu (Group N Subaru Imprea), Read (SuperModified 10 Toyota Starlet) and Clarke (Modified 7 Honda Civic) to edge ahead with 15 points each.
If there are fewer than three starters in a class, reduced points are awarded. A further six drivers are tied on 13 points – Mark Thompson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), Ian Warren (Suzuki Swift) and Edward Corbin (Toyota Corolla RunX) finished second in Group N, SM10 and M7 respectively, while Rhett Watson (SM12 BMW M3), Brendon McKenzie (M6 Corolla) and Eric Allamby (Clubman Corolla) each won an under-subscribed class.
Roger Skeete (WRC-1 Subaru Impreza WRC S12) leads the four-wheel drive standings from Roger Hill (WRC-2 Corolla WRC), Mallalieu, Thompson and Geoff Noel (GpN Evo IX), while Read finished as top two-wheel drive, ahead of Warren, SM11 winner Dane Skeete (Peugeot 306 Maxi), Watson and Stuart Maloney, who finished third in SM10 on the debut of his recently acquired 306 Maxi.
Entries for the Valvoline Rally opened today at Motorsport Services in Haggatt Hall, also online at www.barbadosrallyclub.com, and will close at 1 p.m. on April 9.
The briefing meeting will be at 7 p.m. on April 10, at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association Club House, Searles, Christ Church, when the running order will be published.
The Additional Supplementary Regulations (ASRs) for the event, released today, list ten special stages, with the 9:30 a.m. start, lunch break and finish (approximately 4 p.m.) at the Greenland Agricultural Station in St Andrew.
Scrutineering will be at Automotive Art, Welches, on April 12 between noon and 5 p.m., to which fans are invited to mix and interact with competitors.
The stage venues are Orange Hill to Four Hills, which will run three times in the morning, alternating with two runs from Pickerings to Luke Hill. In the afternoon, the stages will be reversed, with three runs of Luke Hill to Pickerings and two from Four Hills to Orange Hill.
There will be a chicane on the Pickerings stage, in a different location depending on the direction of travel.
BRC competition secretary Neil Corbin said: “We are hoping for a good turn-out for this event, which is the first tarmac rally for the season. The cars which travelled overseas for Rally Trinidad will be back in the island and the drivers eager to start scoring points. We look forward to a safe and enjoyable event, which will end with a prize-giving at Greenland at around 6 p.m.” (RB)