Simon Jean-Joseph and Britain’s Roger Duckworth have been confirmed for this year’s Sol Rally Barbados slated for June 3 to 5.
The Frenchman and Duckworth were among the provisional entry list of 91 crews released yesterday during a media briefing at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa in Rockley. The two bring the four-wheel drive line-up to 20.
Double European rally champion Jean-Joseph returns with co-driver Jack Boyere in the John Powell-owned Ford Focus WRC08, in which they finished second in Sol Rally Barbados 2015, two seconds behind Jamaica’s Jeff Panton (Focus WRC06).
While he is retired from regular competition, Jean-Joseph is still heavily involved in the sport, as gravel crew for Volkswagen Motorsport and triple World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier.
In the three years since WRC-2 (for cars built before 2004) was introduced to island regulations, double United Kingdom national champion Duckworth has won the class twice in his ex-Juha Kankkunen Subaru Impreza WRC S6 – fifth overall both times – with Kevin Procter (ex-Markko Martin S7) the winner last year, eighth overall.
This year’s Sol Rally will start with two Friday evening stages on the unique Race Of Champions Parallel Track at Bushy Park Barbados and finish with a RallySprint SuperSpecial at the Vaucluse Raceway for the first time since 2007, after 23 stages across the island.
Sunday’s SuperSpecial will give drivers the chance to let their hair down head-to-head, safe in the knowledge that the times are not included in the results, although they will be required to take the SuperSpecial start to be considered overall finishers.
Title sponsor since 2008, Sol was represented at the media briefing by general manager (Barbados), Ezra Prescod. He said the rally was expanding every year and continued to attract the finest local, regional and international drivers, as well as visitors and supporters from across the globe.
Corporate communications manager of Flow, Alan Harris, expressed his company’s pride in being the title sponsor of Flow King of the Hill, which he described as an event that continued to provide motorsport fans with the perfect warm-up for Sol Rally Barbados.
“Year after year, the profile of rallying continues to be raised and we now look forward to yet another outstanding edition of Caribbean’s largest annual motorsport International,” he said. (RB)