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Bajans best in Rally Sprint

Trevor Thorpe

Bajans best in Rally Sprint

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LOCAL DRIVERS drove away with the major honours in the rain-affected Subaru International Rally Sprint at the Bushy Park racing circuit on Saturday.The first event of the tenth anniversary Historic Rally Carnival organised by the Vaucluse Raceway Motorsport Club (VRMC) attracted 28 local and international stars, including five-time British Rally champion, Jimmy McRae and Graham “Grum” Wilcock and Porsche preparations specialist, Francis Tuthill.After holding their own against the skill and guile of the international stars, the Barbadians defied the weather which robbed fans of seeing them contest a handicap, as organisers dropped the running of that race due to water which had settled on parts of the track.Former multiple club champion Adrian Linton in the Ravensden/Crane and Equipment Vauxhall Astra, sliding specialist Andrew Jones in the Quix/McEnearneyQuality Inc. Ford Escort Mk II and youthful Jamal Brathwaite led the charge of the Barbadians after Neil Armstrong and Josh Read had given notice of the Barbadians’ intentions in the early rounds.
Supporting castSupport also came from Ralph White in the Island Safari/Drive-a-Matic/Going Places Travel/Barbados Villa Services Toyota Starlet; Andrew Skeete in the Fasteners Barbados/Hitachi Power Tools/Metal Stud/Rentequip/Quality Tyre Mitsubishi Lancer; Jamal Brathwaite in the AM Electrical Solutions/Arthur Construction/Arthur Lifting and Freighting/Ellesmere Quarries/Chicken Pen Racing/D2 Racing Suspension Mitsubishi Mirage; and Stuart White in a 3W’s/Flyin’ Fish/Aqua Pur Toyota Starlet.Barbadian drivers held their own in Round Three, and after heavy rain forced organisers to switch from the dirt track to the karting track, Wayne Manning in the Wolverine/Black Bess Quarry/Citgo/Glassfibre Products Ford Escort opened the knock-out category with a good win over Bernard John Nostrum and the Oxford Universities’ Ding Boston in a Riley.Ralph White outfoxed Francis Tuthill in a Tuthill Preparations Porsche 911, but was later beaten by Adrian Linton who proved to be too much for Sean Gibbs in the Best Block Toyota SR and went on to win S10.Brathwaite turned in excellent drives throughout the event to carry off S9, while event co-cordinator Greg “Hotty” Cozier, in a well-prepared Ford Escort, who defeated British veteran Nick Cook in a similar machine, won C4 and Wayne Manning won PH 1.Sliding master Andrew Jones, who brought the crowd to its feet during most of the afternoon, grabbed the honours at stake in C51.Neil Armstrong was the fastest man during the qualifying rounds with a time of 1 minute, 40.31 seconds, while White, with a time of 1 minute, 44.16 seconds returned the second fastest time, ahead of Josh Read who was third fastest with in 1 minute, 44.62 seconds and Linton whose time was 1 minute, 44.63 seconds.