As competitors in the Barbados Rally Club’s driver’s and class championships prepare for the two most important weekends of their motor sport season – Scotiabank King Of The Hill and Sol Rally Barbados 2014 – Daryl Clarke has edged into the lead in the champion driver’s title chase. Clarke is two points ahead of Eric Allamby and Rhett Watson who are tied in second place.
This year, the BRC celebrates the 25th running of its premier event and the two weekends offer crucial points-scoring opportunities. At Scotiabank King Of The Hill on May 25, the regular speed event scale gives 15 points for a class win, while each full day of Sol Rally Barbados 2014 on May 30 and June 1 is a separate round of the championship, with 20 points up for grabs for a class win, plus bonus points for the
top three local finishers in each class in the three power stages. This represents a grand total of a potential 64 points over the two weekends.
With two of the eight rounds run, Modified 7 class-leader Clarke (Honda Civic) has a perfect record, with two class wins and the maximum possible 35 points. He is helped by competing in one of the more popular classes, as the points scale is reduced if there are fewer than three starters. This has affected Allamby (Clubman Toyota Corolla) and Watson (SuperModified 12 BMW M3), who have both also accrued two class wins,
but against reduced competition.
WRC-1 leader Roger Skeete (Subaru Impreza WRC S12) is in fourth place, two points behind Allamby and Watson, and just one ahead of the five drivers currently tied for fifth. They are the Group N front-runners, with a class win apiece, Andrew Mallalieu (Subaru Impreza) and Mark Thompson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), class leaders Josh Read (SM10 Toyota Starlet) and Brendon Mckenzie (M6 Corolla) and Edward Corbin (Corolla RunX), who is second to Clarke in M7.
Skeete leads the four-wheel drive standings from Roger Hill (WRC-2 Corolla WRC), Mallalieu, Paul Bourne (WRC-1 Ford Focus WRC07) and Thompson, while Read has control of two-wheel drive, ahead of Watson, Clarke, Corbin and Mckenzie. (RB)