60-car limit for event
Only 60 cars will contest the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Shakedown Stages on?May 8.
The event, Round 3 of the club’s Virgin Atlantic Driver’s and Class Championships, will be decided over 12 stages at two venues: Colleton to Cliff, and Padmore Village to Three Houses.
In explaining the limit on the number of competitors, the club’s PRO Neil Barnard said that the timing for the rally was tight and the route compact, so it would have been extremely difficult to try to accommodate more than 60 cars.
“As we have close to 80 local entries for Sol Rally Barbados 2011, I strongly urge members to enter early,” he added.
Entries are now open and have coincided with the re-launch of the BRC website (www.barbados-rallyclub.com), meaning competitors will be able to enter on-line for the first time for an event other than Sol Rally Barbados.
Entries may also be made at Motorsport Services, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, where all entry fees must be paid before the closing time of 4 p.m. today.
Sol Rally Barbados chairman Barry Gale reminded local competitors who may never have driven in a special stage rally, that they are required to drive in at least one such event before they can be considered eligible for Sol Rally Barbados.
“The Shakedown Stages is the last opportunity to fulfil this requirement, so people who fall into the above category should definitely either be logging on to the competitor section of our new website, or making their way down to Motorsport Services if they want to meet the eligibility requirements,” Gale explained.
The total stage distance is around 60 kilometres, with the morning stages in three loops of two, Colleton to Cliff, followed by Padmore Village to Three Houses.
After lunch, the stages will be reversed and run Cliff to Colleton followed by Three Houses to Padmore, with just one service break in the mid-afternoon.