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October Safari on Saturday


TREVOR THORPE

October Safari on Saturday

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MUD WILL be part of Saturday’s Nassco October Safari of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Mud Dogs Safari Championship.
The event will be contested on Saturday from the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association’s (BCTSA) club house at Searles, Christ Church, at 8:01 a.m. for the first of two routes before the stopover at Pool Plantation, St John three hours after. The finish is slated for around 4 p.m. back at the club house.
The persistent rainy weather, particularly in the west of the island, has provided the conditions for an extremely challenging final event in a series which has thrown up different winners this year.
In the opening event, the ARMAG March Safari, Dustin Edwards and Ryan Corbin were victorious and have remained at the head of the points standings, while former champions Barry Gale and Neil Barnard won the Chefette April Safari.
The trend of different winning pairs continued when Chris Armstrong and Wayne “Mort” Clarke won the Shelbury Construction June Safari. This feat  helped Clarke to have his name etched in the record books when he became the first five-time winner of the June Safari.
The novice crew of Ben Norris and Darnley Rayside carried off the Regional Fire & Security September Safari.
The safari has been set by Anthony King, Philip McConney and Dave Sealy, and rechecked by BRC Mud Dogs chairman Leslie Alleyne for the event which will be run along a mixture of the BRC, straight-line and Tulip systems, with a new twist to the Tulip system.
Alleyne said that for this safari, a new way of doing Tulip navigation would be introduced where all of the diagrams were drawn at 90 degrees, regardless of the angle of the actual road.
Pointing out that he had enjoyed rechecking the route, Alleyne thanked the route setters who, despite the rain, had been able to drive the entire route and it sets the tone for an enjoyable event and a good way to end the year.
“I had no difficulty in navigating either of the two routes and if I had to score myself, I think my biggest problem would have been the timing, given the conditions.
“They have tried to keep the balance by looking at things from a “novice” perspective. There are some nice tricks in the event, but I found them to be clean,” Alleyne said.

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