Manx victory provides timely boost for British challenger Bird

The response from local, regional and international competitors over the past five months to Sol Rally Barbados 2010 has made it clear that the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) was not alone in wanting to mark the 20th Anniversary of the inaugural running of its International All-Stage Rally in style.
In all, 108 entries were received on-line between December and the April closing date – 20 per cent over-subscribed – although the continuing pressures of recession have caused some withdrawals, among them four from Europe and two from the wider Caribbean; even so, the event looks set to start the maximum of 90 cars, including current or former Champions from Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and the UK.
A shift in the calendar for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge means the winner for the past two years, Ireland’s Kris Meeke, can’t make it, but the runner-up on both occasions, 2005 UK National Champion Paul Bird, can . . . and victory on the Manx National Rally last weekend (May 7/8) in his Ford Focus WRC 08 has given his hopes a timely boost.
After his second consecutive win on the island, he said: “The Manx has a special place in my heart, so it’s wonderful to come here and win again; this is very special as I’ve not had the best of times just recently. This is hopefully a good omen for Sol Rally Barbados, which I desperately want to win . . . so that’s the next task later this month. For now, I’m taking the team out for a few beers as they’ve done a fantastic job as always.”
Ten-time winner, local ace Roger Skeete, heads the entry list and, while the elusive target of 10 ex-factory World Rally Cars has once again been narrowly missed, this year’s crop of cars is newer, and more evenly matched. Skeete failed to finish last year, but not before his ex-Petter Solberg 2006 Subaru Impreza WRC S12 had proved its pace . . . and he’s won two events already this year. Also S12-mounted is Trinidad-based Jamaican John Powell, who finished second in ’05 and ’07 in Toyota Corolla WRCs. One of those Corollas is now in the hands of local ace Roger Hill, whose record on the island’s premier event includes 13 top 10 finishes.
In addition to ‘Birdy’s current Focus, the ’07 car in which he chased Meeke last year is now campaigned by Bajan Paul Bourne, winner of RB03 and ’07 in Impreza WRCs. The earlier cars of Jamaicans Gary Gregg and Jeff Panton, both previous winners in the island, bring the Focus total to four. Gregg’s ’05 car replaced the ex-Carlos Sainz Focus in which he became the only driver so far to win Rally Barbados and Rally Jamaica in the same year (2006), while Panton’s ex-Colin McRae example dates from 2000.
Sol Rally Barbados Chairman Barry Gale said: “It is wonderful to see such a quality entry at the sharp end – there are no fewer than six cars capable of winning this event outright. When you take into account an unwanted spin or a start-line stall, it is anyone’s guess how the podium will look come Monday, May 31st. We definitely look set to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event in style.”
As in 2009, the overseas entries spread right through the field – only two of the 13 classes will be without a battle between local drivers and regional or international visitors – and include two notable drivers from the UK: Martin Stockdale celebrates his 10th consecutive year as a competitor in Barbados, while Howard Paterson returns after a long break – he was the first European visitor to claim a result on the island’s premier event, back in 1991, when he finished ninth.

Sol Rally Barbados 2010 provisional entry headline statistics:
+ 93 crews entered, including reserves
+ drivers or co-drivers from 14 nations, including Barbados
+ 21 four-wheel-drive cars, including nine World Rally Cars
+ 35 drivers or co-drivers from Europe
+ 17 drivers or co-drivers from the wider Caribbean
+ 17 female co-drivers
+ cars from 19 manufacturers, Ford and Toyota equally the best-represented with 19, followed by Mitsubishi (13), BMW (8) and Subaru (6)

Sol Rally Barbados 2010 (May 29/30) and Shell V-Power King of the Hill (May 23) are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007; title sponsor is the Sol Group. Marketing partners are Simpson Motors, LIME, Automotive Art, Banks and Karcher; official partners are the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, Barbados Tourism Authority, Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, Geest Line and Virgin Atlantic Airways; associate sponsors are Stoute’s Car Rental, Glacial Pure, Chefette and Little Switzerland.

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Provisional entry list at May 10

+ some classifications subject to scrutineering of overseas entries
+ list is provisional and includes reserves

+ driver/co-driver (car) – listed alphabetically by class

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown):
ARG – Argentina; CDN – Canada; ENG – England; NED – The Netherlands; IRL – The Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NIR – Northern Ireland; NZ – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; SVG – St Vincent & The Grenadines; TCI – Turks & Caicos; TDAD – Trinidad & Tobago; WAL – Wales

Modified 8-WRC
Paul Bird – ENG/Kirsty Riddick – SCO (Ford Focus WRC 08)
Paul Bourne/Stuart Maloney (Ford Focus WRC 07)
Brett Clarke/Garry Clarke (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
Sean Gill/Michael Cummins (Suzuki SX4 WRC)
Gary Gregg – JAM/Hugh Hutchinson – JAM (Ford Focus WRC 05)
Roger Hill/Graham Gittens (Toyota Corolla WRC)
Trevor Manning/Derek Edwards (Ford Escort WRC)
Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Mike Fennell Jnr – JAM (Ford Focus WRC 00)
John Powell – TDAD/Michael March – JAM (Subaru Impreza WRC S12)
Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia (Subaru Impreza WRC S12)

Modified 8-A
Graeme Finlayson – SCO/Darnley Rayside (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III RS)
Steve Ollivierre – SVG/Dominic Ollivierre – SVG (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII)
Rob Whitehouse – NZ/Yvonne Mehta – ENG (Lancia Delta Integrale)
Michael Worme/Brian Gibson (Subaru Impreza STi)

Production 4
David Coelho – TDAD/James Harris – TDAD (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Barry Gale/Cherie Edghill (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Geoffrey Noel/Kreigg Yearwood (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Terry Sealy/Rommel Coppin (Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
Dean Serrao/tba (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Rob Swann – ENG/Darren Garrod – WAL (Subaru Impreza N14)
Simon Wallis – ENG/Louise Hay – ENG (Subaru Impreza N10)

Group B
Andrew Costin-Hurley – ENG/Shaun Mellett – ENG (Ford Puma)
Duane Johnson/Summer Lewis (Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo)
Andrew Jones/Alan Bayne (Ford Escort MkII)
Stuart McChlery/Julian Goddard (Ford Escort MkI)
Geoffrey Ullyett/Jason King (Datsun 200T)
Frans Verbaas – NED/Mascha Corvers – NED (Austin Mini Cooper)

SuperModified 11
Calvin Briggs/Pedro Thomas (Ford Escort MkII)
Justin Campbell/Jermin Pope (BMW M3)
Owen Cumberbatch/Kelly-Ann Sandiford (BMW M3)
Sammy Cumberbatch/Nicholas Yarde (BMW M3)
St Elmo Cumberbatch/Dwayne Forde (BMW E36)
Nick Gill/Sue Rogers (Mazda 3)
Brian Gill/Avinash Chatrani (BMW M3)
Mark Hamilton/Clive Howell (Ford Escort MkII)
Graham Manning/Ryan Farmer (Ford Escort MkII)
Rezan Mohammed – TDAD/Arshad Mondro – TDAD (Mitsubishi Mirage)
Harold Morley – ENG/Geoff Goddard (Porsche GT3 RSR Rally)
Franklyn Seegobin – TDAD/Graveney Dindial – TDAD (Toyota Corolla)
Jonathan Still/Heath Hazell (BMW M3)
Martin Stockdale – ENG/Mark Swallow – ENG (BMW M3 Compact)
Martin Taylor – IRL/Janet Taylor – IRL (BMW 325)
Gary Thomas – WAL/Phil Ralphs – WAL (Ford Escort G3)

SuperModified 10
Eric Allamby/Sean Corbin (Mitsubishi Lancer)
James Betts/Josh Delmas (Renault Clio)
Daryl Clarke/Russell Brancker (Mitsubishi Mirage)
Dwane Jackman/Michaela Guscott – CDN (Volkswagen Golf)
Richard Lewis – WAL/Glen Latham – WAL (Ford Escort MkII)
Cliff Roett/Orry Hunte (Toyota Starlet)
Ian Warren/Robert Warren (Suzuki Swift)
Rhett Watson/Logan Watson (Ford Escort MkI)
Ralph White/Joe Troulan (Toyota Starlet)

SuperModified 9
Neil Armstrong/Barry Ward (Toyota Starlet)
Marc-Lee Bascombe/Jan-Yves Hinds (Toyota Starlet)
Neil Corbin/Marcus Beck (Toyota Starlet)
Vishal Dhanraj – TDAD/Richard Ramsingh – TDAD (Toyota Starlet)
Carlos Edwards/Andre Waithe (Toyota Starlet)
Jeremy Gonsalves/Natasha Farnum (Suzuki Swift GTi)
Paul Inniss/Kerry Downes (Toyota Starlet)
Allan Maynard/Jeremy Croney (Toyota Starlet)
Allan Mackay – SCO/Mo Downey – NIR (Ford Anglia WRC)
Josh Read/Mark Jordan (Toyota Starlet)
Winston Thompson/Scott Bentham (Toyota Starlet)
Karl Waterman/Matthew Staffner (Toyota Starlet)
Stuart White/Jason O’Neal (Toyota Starlet)
Ryan Wood/Raymond Parris (Toyota Starlet)

Modified 7
David Brewster/Umar Dyer (Peugeot 205GTi)
Kyle Catwell/Justin Harrison (Volkswagen Golf GTI)
John Corbin/Owen Proverbs (Toyota Corolla)
Freddie Gale/Kyle Proverbs (Toyota Corolla RunX)
Ron Greaves/Karl Bovell (Honda Civic Type-R)
Ron Layne/Giselle Layne (Nissan Sunny)
Adrian Linton/Jonathan Linton (Vauxhall Astra GSi)
Andrew Skeete/Bradley Weekes (Mitsubishi Lancer GSR)
Chris Ullyett/Derek Ince (Ford Escort RS2000)

Ding Boston – ENG/Hannah Byrd – ENG (Riley 1.5)
Greg Cozier/Jamie Marsh (Ford Escort RS2000)

Modified 6
Wayne Archer/Lucas Nicolao – ARG (Daihatsu Charmant)
Jamal Brathwaite/Talia Mapp (Mitsubishi Mirage RS)
Edward Corbin/Rodney Clarke (Daihatsu Charmant)
Peter Gallagher – IRL/Dario Hoyte (Peugeot 206)
Kenny Hall – SCO/Fenny Wesselink – NED (Ford Puma)
Paul Horton – TCI/Kristian Yearwood (Honda Civic)
Nigel Reece/Jonathan Reece (Datsun 120Y)
Dane Skeete/Tyler Mayhew (Peugeot 206)
Danny Williams/Shane Emptage (Ford Fiesta)

Modified 5
Glenn Campbell – NIR/Thomas Maguire – IRL (Nissan Micra Kit Car)
Sean Cox/Adam Cox (Suzuki Swift)
Rhett D’Andrade/Mario Clermont (Toyota Starlet)
Wayne Manning/Willie Hinds (Peugeot 205)

Production 3
Sean T Field/Trai Field (Peugeot 306)

Production 2
Fabien Clarke/Arlington Hoyte (Suzuki Ignis Sport)
Howard Paterson – ENG/Ruth Paterson – ENG (Skoda Fabia)

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