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BARL title on the line

by Trevor Thorpe

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Championship front-runners Jason Harewood and Edward Corbin will be in must win positions in tomorrow’s day/night race meet organised by the Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL).
Harewood, the champion driver of the recently-held Digicel/Williams International Race Meet, leads Group 2B with 135 points at the top of the overall points standings, while Corbin leads Group 2C with 133 points, but is second overall.
Harewood who will be at the wheel of the Do-It-Best/JVM Signage/Castrol/Gaskin’s Garage Toyota Starlet, has hitherto dominated proceedings in his group, but must win all the races allotted to the group if he is to grab the overall title.
He has driven unbeaten so far this year, but much will depend on his performance today as any mistake would be to the advantage of Corbin, who is expected to be turing out in a well-prepared Automotive Art/Klark-Odio/Corbin’s Garage/Valvoline/JVM Signage Toyota Starlet.
Corbin, like Harewood, has driven unbeaten for the season and also broke the time bracket for the group. He could grab the coveted title should he be successful in all of his races and Harewood be beaten in any of his.
Corbin has had to contend with the likes of former champion driver Kenrick “Snappa”  Husbands, Mark Thompson and at times Kevin Griffith and Justin Husbands, and the competition today is expected to be deepened by the inclusion of Shawn Boxill.
The championship is also very tight in Group 2A where Sean Russell, driving the McCarthy’s Garage Honda Civic, leads with 120 points and is third in the overall standings.
He can expect to come under severe pressure from William Jones, Mark Thompson and Stuart Knaggs, who trail him on 82, 79 and 77 points, respectively. Knaggs will also be using the event as a final tune-up for his assignment in Guyana next month.
And ReZults Auto Shop Group 1B is also expected to be a keenly contested affair among leader Ryan Francis (117 points and fourth in the overall standings), Derek Herbert (second in the group table with 96 points); Jason Ifill and Jermaine Pope (67.5 points).
In the top-class group, the event will be without Roger “His Hotness” Mayers and Doug and Mark Maloney, but Steve King – who signalled a return to form at the International Race Meet, Stuart Williams and Barry Mayers are expected to light up the night.
It is understood that the technical specialists Peter Hinkson and Dennis Heath have completed remedial work on the Williams Equipment/Hilti Lotus Elise of Williams and the camp has signalled its readiness for the day/night event.
Eighteen races are on the day’s card which will begin with official qualifying starting at 1 p.m. The racing action is scheduled to start in earnest two hours later.