Former Rallycross champion Andy Scott confirmed today that he will drive a newly-acquired Ford Fiesta R5 in Sol Rally Barbados 2018, having had such “a great experience” on his debut last year in a rented Ford Escort MkII.
An excited Scott landed in Barbados yesterday from his home in Dumfries, Scotland, just 72 hours after the Fiesta arrived at the Bridgetown Port, and will drive the car in anger for the first time in this Sunday’s Carter’s Pit Stop Stages.
Sol Rally Barbados 2018 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3, with The Rally Show and Flow King of the Hill the previous weekend, May 26 and 27. With the entry closing date just nine days away, more than 80 crews are now shown in the online entry list on the official website, rallybarbados.net, with Scott’s Fiesta bringing the four-wheel-drive total to 23.
Having won the Fuchs Lubricants Rallycross Open Championship in 2009, Scott was then twice British Rallycross vice-champion, in 2011 and 2015, losing the second title in the final round, having run neck-and-neck with eventual champion Julian Godfrey all season. His European championship results include a podium in Holland, while he has won the stand-alone Rallycross de Lohéac in France, the MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix and British Championship events at Croft and Knockhill.
Scott is also Team Principal of Albatec Racing, the only team to have successfully competed in British, French, European and World RX. The outfit enjoyed a dream result in round two of the British Championship at Lydden Hill at Easter, with victory in the final qualifying heat, semi-final and then the final for the team’s new signing for 2018, multiple rally champion Mark Higgins, himself no stranger to rallying in Barbados.
Scott bought his Fiesta, an early 2017 car, from Pieter-Jan Maeyaert, who drove it to victory in last July’s Motul TBR Rallysprint in his home country Belgium. The car was wrapped to reflect Scott’s sponsorship from Motis, Rock Oil and Teng Tools in the Albatec workshop in Scotland, before being wheeled straight into the container for shipping to Barbados on the Geest Line freighter Baltic Klipper, which docked on Saturday.
In an exclusive story in the United Kingdom’s Motorsport News, published today, Scott said of his visit last year, when local co-driver Rashid Phillips sat with him: “We enjoyed the whole event and the spectators are unbelievable, I’m looking forward to getting back and competing there again. When we were having electrical trouble, a spectator gave us the battery out of his car on the side of the road. They really do get behind you, it’s a great atmosphere and the chance for a holiday at the same time.” (RB)