Carter’s Pit-stop is the new sponsor of the Barbados Rally Club’s September Safari, fourth round of the 2014 Chefette MudDogs Safari And Safari Novice Championships.
Slated for Sunday, September 21, it looks set to be a hard-fought event, with just two more chances available for off-road crews to score points.
Carter’s marketing director Brian Hurley explained their involvement.
“We were approached by the rally club about sponsoring an event in 2014. After much discussion with my marketing team, we decided on the September Safari. MudDogs and navigational rallying goes back to the grassroots beginnings of the club – it’s where speed rallying stemmed from. MudDogs continues to grow and we wanted to be a part of its future,” he said.
Store manager of Carter’s Pit-stop and rally driver, Rhett Watson, added: “I think it’s fantastic that we have decided to sponsor the September Safari. For me personally, navigational rallying holds a special place in my heart, as this is where it all began for me, way before I was involved in speed events and rallying.”
With three rounds of five contested, the Chefette MudDogs Championships are closely poised. In the overall standings, Derek Gill and Andrew Croney (Mitsubishi Pajero) lead with 178 points, four ahead of Leslie Alleyne and Chris O’Neal (Isuzu D-Max), each crew having won one event this year.
It is even closer in the Chefette MudDogs Novice Championship, with Damien and Brandon Johnson (Suzuki Samurai) tied on 174 points with Julian Kirton and Dominic Straker (Jeep Wrangler). Kirton and Straker won in March and June, with the Johnsons victorious in April.
Route-setter for the Pit-stop September Safari is Ben Norris. The start is slated for 8 a.m. at Carters Pit-stop, Wildey, with the finish about eight hours later at 4 p.m.
Entries for the Pit-stop September Safari are now open at Motorsport Services in Haggatt Hall and will close September 16 at 1 p.m. The briefing meeting will be at 7 p.m. the same evening, at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association Club House at Searles, Christ Church, after which the entry list will be published.
Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship
Positions after round 3
1st Derek Gill (Mitsubishi Pajero), 178 points
2nd Leslie Alleyne (Isuzu D-Max), 174pts
3rd George Mendes (Mitsubishi L200 Sportero), 156pts
4th equal Wayne Manning (Suzuki Samurai), Damien Johnson (Suzuki Samurai) & Audley Croney (Suzuki Vitara), 148pts
7th Gregory Dickenson (Toyota Hilux), 142pts
8th Chris Armstrong (Toyota Hilux), 138pts
9th Julian Kirton (Jeep Wrangler), 130pts
10th Richard Hinckson (Suzuki Samurai), 126pts
1st Andrew Croney (Mitsubishi Pajero), 178pts
2nd Chris O’Neal (Isuzu D-Max), 174pts
3rd Gary Mendes (Mitsubishi L200 Sportero), 156pts
4th equal Willie Hinds (Suzuki Samurai), Brandon Johnson (Suzuki Samurai) & Jeremy Croney (Suzuki Vitara), 148pts
7th Wayne Clarke (Toyota Hilux), 138pts
8th Dominic Straker (Jeep Wrangler), 130pts
9th Dean Springer (Suzuki Samurai), 126pts
10th Jonathan Millar (Suzuki Samurai), 124pts
Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championship
Positions after round 3
Drivers & Navigators
1st equal Damien Johnson/Brandon Johnson (Suzuki Samurai) & Julian Kirton/Dominic Straker (Jeep Wrangler), 174pts
3rd Richard Hinkson/Dean Springer (Suzuki Samurai), 168pts
4th Simon Parravicino/Jonathan Millar (Suzuki Samurai), 164pts
5th Michael Broome/Joshua Broome (Suzuki Jimny), 108pts
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