Flow has entered into an exclusive agreement with Vaucluse Raceway to provide the revamped St. Thomas facility with a comprehensive suite of connectivity solutions.
Vaucluse Raceway, which was officially established in 2001 as a Super Special Stage for the Barbados Rally Carnival, then expanded in 2006 to accommodate the fast-growing discipline of RallyCross, is expected to feature heavily on the local motorsport calendar this year and beyond.
“Flow is in the business of connecting people, and in Barbados, nothing comes close to bringing people together quite like rallying does,” said Marilyn Sealy, director of Communications, Flow Barbados.
“Motorsport is extremely popular, but of all the high-revving disciplines we have in Barbados, rallying is still king and we see our partnership with the Vaucluse Raceway as the ideal opportunity for us to connect Barbadians with one of the things they most love.”
Flow’s partnership with Vaucluse Raceway will see the telecoms provider outfitting the multi-purpose venue with both wired and wireless connectivity, thereby making it easier and safer for race officials to communicate with competitors, spectators and emergency personnel.
“The provision of connectivity is vital for the successful staging of any public event, and for a venue such as Vaucluse Raceway, it is doubly important to have the presence of robust and reliable telecommunications,” added Sealy.
Greg Cozier, president of Vaucluse Raceway, said the agreement with Flow would help to further raise the profile of rallying in Barbados.
“Vaucluse was built to approximate the roads we use for rallying in Barbados, so the fourteen surface changes, the tight corners and the narrow lanes are all there to approximate our local rally experience,” said Cozier.
“And while we get plenty of spectators for an event, we have never really put down any meaningful infrastructure and that was a deliberate decision because true rallying doesn’t happen in a sterile environment. It has to be rough and ready because that’s what makes a rally a rally.”
However, Cozier revealed plans for the construction of a control tower on the western side of the 52-acre facility.
“Our partnership with Flow will afford us the ability to fully connect our central control tower and that will result in immediate benefits for all rally fans. Competitors will be able to receive instructions and updates wirelessly, officials will be able to communicate simultaneously and spectators at the venue will be kept abreast of all the action throughout the day by using their Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices. This will result in a better rally experience for all.”