Chris Ullyett, who returns home each year to contest Sol Rally Barbados, has confirmed a new car and co-driver, changing the provisional entry list published last week.
He will now drive an ex-Watson Racing BMW M3 in SuperModified 12, with daughter Chantal, in her debut as co-driver, replacing his brother-in-law Derek Ince.
“The Escort has not been rebuilt after last year’s off-course excursion, as Derek has had some other priorities and he usually does and/or co-ordinates most of the work. So, the Watson’s four-door M3 is now an Ullyett’s M3. This is only intended as a temporary measure before the Escort is back, better than ever,” Ullyett explained.
Although it seemed that the number of female participants would have therefore risen to 16, that stat hardly survived 24 hours before Paul Horton (Modified 7 Ford Escort MkI) from the Turks & Caicos islands confirmed that Carol Potter could not make the trip, and would be replaced by experienced local co-driver Dwayne Forde. Also changing co-drivers are Jamaica’s Kyle Gregg, with Michael Worme now sitting in his Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, and Chris Williams (M6 Ford Fiesta), who will be partnered by Reuben Nelson.
David Brewster’s Peugeot 205 has moved from the Historic class to Group B, now with a 1.8-litre engine, while both Martin Atwell (SM12 BMW M3) and Stuart Maloney (SM10 Peugeot 306 Maxi) have withdrawn from the event with off-island commitments.