MudDog novices get a grip on title
by Trevor Thorpe
The pair of Ben Norris and Darnley Rayside did the double, as two novices pairs prevented a clean sweep of the Top 10 by professional (Pro) drivers in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) MudDogs Regional Fire & Security September Safari last Sunday.
Norris and Rayside, in the Electric Avenue/Pitbull Energy Drink/Ace Engineering Land Rover Discovery, took the novices’ 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.
Norris and Rayside, showing much guile and ability, also exhibited true sportsmanship as they helped free other competitors who had become stuck in the wet and muddy conditions of the various challenges.
In the first route, the giant-killers finished second with 100 penalties to Damian Brooker and Derek Edwards, who picked up only 18 penalties, while the professional pair of Dustin Edwards and Ryan Corbin, competing in a Toyota Hilux, collected 132, ahead of the father-and-son combination of Audley and Jeremy Croney, in a Suzuki Samurai, who had 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, 256 penalties.
Colin Goodman and Robin Hinds, in a Suzuki Samurai, were third in the route with 292 penalties, while Ricky Holder and Paul Marshall, in a Mitsubishi L200, ended the route with 294 penalties.
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.
Damian Brooker and Derek Edwards, who were also competing in a Toyota Hilux, were third overall with 493 penalties, while 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 (Toyota Hilux) seventh with 842 penalties.
Goodman and Hinds were ninth overall with 906 penalty points, and Michael Ward and Willie Hinds rounded out the Top 10 finishing with 912 penalties.
Twenty-one pairs took part in the day-long event.
RESULTS the Regional Fire & Security September Safari – Round 4 of MudDogs BRC Safari Championship:
1st. Ben Norris/Darnley Rayside (Electric Avenue/Pitbull Energy Drink/Ace Engineering Land Rover Discovery), 390 penalties
2nd. Chris Armstrong/Wayne Clarke (Toyota Hilux), 477
3rd. Damian Brooker/Derek Edwards (Joe Brooker’s Building/SDRR Hydraulic & Industrial Spares Toyota Hilux), 493
4th. Dustin Edwards/Ryan Corbin (Blockman/Corbin’s Catering Services/Mahogany Ridge/Crane & Equipment/SDRR Hydraulic & Industrial Spares Toyota Hilux), 510
5th. Ricky Holder/Paul Marshall (Mitsubishi L200), 531.
6th. Audley Croney/Jeremy Croney (CC Motorsports Suzuki Samurai), 662
7th. Gregory Dickenson/Brian Fernandes (Toyota Hilux), 842
8th. Adrian Sinckler/Andre Murrell (Suzuki Samurai), 904
9th. Colin Goodman/Robin Hinds (Suzuki Samurai), 906
10th. Michael Ward/Willie Hinds (Country Notions Maintenance/Jammin Catamaran Cruises/Brown Bell Graphics Suzuki Samurai), 912
1st. Brooker/Edwards, 18 penalties
2nd. Norris/Rayside, 100
3rd. Edwards/Corbin, 132
1st. Simon Parravicino/Christian Duncan (Toyota Hilux), 256 penalties
2nd. Norris/Rayside, 290
3rd. Goodman/Hinds, 292
3rd. Parravicino/Duncan, 1 084 penalties – 12th overall.
4th. Nicholas Pinto/Jamal Brathwaite (Suzuki Samurai), 1 278 penalties – 13th ovarall
5th. Anthony King/Dave Sealy (Lee’s Tyre Services/Dynamic Limousine Toyota Hilux), 1 514 penalties – 14th overall
6th. Dave Gibson/Anderson Williams (Suzuki Samurai), 2 033 penalties – 16th overall
1st. Norris/Rayside, 100 penalties
2nd. Sinkler/Murrell, 254
3rd. King/Sealy, 402
1st. Parravicino/Duncan, 256 penalties
2nd. Norris/Rayside, 290
3rd. Pinto/Brathwaite, 514