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Norris, Rayside do MudDogs double


TREVOR THORPE

Norris, Rayside do MudDogs double

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THE PAIR of Ben Norris and Darnley Rayside did the double as two novices pairs prevented a clean sweep of the top ten by professional drivers in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) MudDogs Regional Fire and Security September Safari last Sunday.
Norris and Rayside, in the Electric Avenue/Pitbull Energy Drink/Ace Engineering Land Rover Discovery, took the novice crown as well as the overall title with a total of 390 penalty points.
Another novice pair, Adrian Sinckler and Andre Murrell in a Suzuki Samurai, finished eighth with 904 penalties to prevent a clean sweep of the top ten by the pro drivers.
Norris and Rayside, showing much guile and ability, also exhibited true sportsmanship as they featured in freeing other competitors who became stuck during the wet and muddy conditions of the various challenges.
But the “giant killers” finished second with 100 penalties to Damian Brooker and Derek Edwards who picked up only 18 penalties, in the first route, while the professional pair of Dustin Edwards and Ryan Corbin, who were competing in a Toyota Hilux collected 132 ahead of the father and son combination of Audley and Jeremy Croney in a Suzuki Samurai, with 142 penalties.
Norris and Rayside recorded 290 penalties for their efforts to be second in Route Two, behind Simon Parravicino and Christian Duncan in a Toyota Hilux with 256 penalties; while Colin Goodman and Robin “Hippy” Hinds in a Suzuki Samurai, with 292 penalties, were third in the route, while Ricky Holder and Paul Marshall in a Mitsubishi L200 ended the route with 294 penalties.
But Chris Armstrong and Wayne “Mort” Clarke, this year’s Shellbury Construction June Safari winners, were strong enough to grab second place overall with a total of 477 penalty points, while Damian Brooker and Derek Edwards, who were also competing in a Toyota Hilux, were third overall with 493 penalties. Dustin Edwards and Ryan Corbin, also in a Hilux finished fourth with 510 penalties.
Holder and Marshall were fifth overall with 531 penalties, Croney and Croney sixth with 662 and Gregory Dickenson and Bryan Fernandes in a Toyota Hilux seventh with 842 penalties.
Goodman and Hinds were ninth overall with 906 penalty points, as Michael Ward and Willie Hinds rounded out the top ten when they returned 912 penalties. Twenty-one pairs took part in the day-long event.

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