The Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) 2014 Chefette MudDogs Safari and Safari Novice Championships are heading for a dramatic conclusion. Competitors are making ready for the last of the season’s five events, the November Safari (Sunday, November 9), sponsored by Nassco for the seventh straight year.
In the overall standings, reigning champions Leslie Alleyne and Chris O’Neal (Isuzu D-Max) are tied on 232 points with Derek Gill and Andrew Croney (Mitsubishi Pajero); even applying the dropped-score rule –– crews count only their four best results –– fails to separate them, dropping them both to 178 points.
Alleyne and O’Neal started their title defence in style, with victory on the BRC March Safari, with Gill and Croney second. Just three weeks later, Gill and Croney won the Chefette April Safari, with the reigning champions third. On the MudDogs’ signature event, the Sol Go Even Further June Safari, Alleyne claimed a record-equalling sixth win and O’Neal his first –– Gill and Croney among the route-setters –– so only four points separated them before the Carter’s Pit-stop September Safari.
When Alleyne and O’Neal finished two places –– crucially four points –– ahead of Gill and Croney, they drew level, so it now is a straight head-to-head dash to the line.
Event wins are shared in the Chefette MudDogs Novice Championship: Damien and Brandon Johnson (Suzuki Samurai) won in April and September, while Julian Kirton and Dominic Straker (Jeep Wrangler) prevailed in March and June. Totalling all four results, the Johnsons are four points ahead, although that is cut to two, once the dropped-score rule is applied.
Route-setter for the Nasso November Safari is Gary Mendes, who will lead crews north from St George to St Lucy, then southward to St Philip. The first crew is scheduled to leave Chefette Charles Rowe Bridge, St George at 8 a.m., with the lunch-time stopover at Animal Flower Cave, St Lucy, at around 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The afternoon route will head for the MudDogs spiritual home at Three Houses, St Philip, with the finish at approximately 5 p.m. Three driver challenges are planned, just before and just after the lunch break, then immediately before the finish.
Entries for the Nassco November Safari are now open at Motorsport Services in Haggatt Hall and will close next Tuesday at midday. 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 4
1st equal Leslie Alleyne (Isuzu D-Max) & Derek Gill (Insurance Solutions/Sweet Temptations Mitsubishi Pajero), 232 points
3rd George Mendes (Mitsubishi L200 Sportero), 212pts
4th Gregory Dickenson (Toyota Hilux), 202pts
5th Wayne Manning (Suzuki Samurai), 196pts
6th Damien Johnson (Suzuki Samurai), 194pts
7th Chris Armstrong (Toyota Hilux), 190pts
8th Audley Croney (Suzuki Vitara), 186pts
9th Julian Kirton (Jeep Wrangler), 170pts
10th Nicholas Lorde (Land Rover Discovery), 143pts
1st equal Andrew Croney (Mitsubishi Pajero) & Chris O’Neal ( Isuzu D-Max), 232pts
3rd Gary Mendes (Mitsubishi L200 Sportero), 212pts
4th Willie Hinds (Suzuki Samurai), 196pts
5th Brandon Johnson (Suzuki Samurai), 194pts
6th Wayne Clarke (Toyota Hilux), 190pts
7th Dominic Straker (Jeep Wrangler), 166pts
8th Andre Murrell (Toyota Hilux), 150pts
9th Jeremy Croney (Suzuki Vitara), 148pts
10th Brett Barber (Land Rover Discovery), 143pts
Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championship
Positions after round 4
Drivers & Navigators
1st Damien Johnson/Brandon Johnson (Suzuki Samurai), 234pts
2nd Julian Kirton/Dominic Straker (eep Wrangler), 230pts
3rd Richard Hinkson/Dean Springer (Suzuki Samurai), 168pts
4th Simon Parravicino/Jonathan Millar (Suzuki Samurai), 164pts
5th Nicholas Pinto/Adam Hunte (Jeep Grand Cherokee), 110pts