Jones swiftest in rally sprint
Local and foreign drivers shared the honours in the SuperSprint of the Historic Rally at Bushy Park last weekend.
Heading the local charge was Andrew Jones in the AP Jones Pharmacy/Rally & Competition Equipment/Precision Automotive/Southern Surf Beach Apartments Ford Escort MkII. He returned the day’s fastest time of one minute, 48 seconds and took the honours at stake in Group B.
In what could be considered an all-Barbadian lockout of the top places in the group, Graham Manning in the Aqua Purr Ford Escort stormed home in second place with a time of one minute, 50 seconds, while Andrew Skeete in a Mitsubishi Lancer posted two minutes, two seconds to take third place.
Fourth was Eric Allamby also in a Mitsubishi Lancer, with a time of two minutes, three seconds.
Ralph White in the Peter Hinkson-prepared Toyota Starlet and Quincy Jones, who also competed in a Toyota Starlet, returned times of one minute, 49 seconds and one minute, 55 seconds respectively to take first and second places in Group OP.
Former Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL) champion driver Karl Waterman, in a well-prepared Toyota Starlet made few mistakes as he took the title in Group 3A with a time of one minute, 53 seconds.
He was the fastest man on all four runs allotted to the group.
Another Barbadian driver, Jason King, in a Datsun 120Y grabbed second spot when he returned a time of two minutes, one second, compared with two minutes, six seconds for Englishman Ian “Pip” Coulson in a Sunbeam Talbot.
Francis Tuthill in a Porsche 911 and Barbadian Calvin Briggs in the Rocklyn Hardware Supplies/ Sign Guyz Graphics/Sammy Lee Towing and Recovery/Freekz Customz Ford Escort MkII, returned times of one minute, 50 seconds each to lead Group 3C.
Decorated five-time British Rally champion Jimmy McRae in a Porsche 911 had to be content with third place after returning a time of one minute, 51 seconds.
Darren Moon led the charge of the MkII Ford Escorts entered in Group 3B with a time of one minute, 52 seconds.
John Poinfinger and Barbadian organiser of the event Greg “Hotty” Cozier drove into second place with a time of one minute, 53 seconds, respectively, followed by another Barbadian Nigel Reece whose time was two minutes flat.
In the day’s opening race, Englishman David Rayner in a Sunbeam Tiger led the way home with a time of two minutes, four seconds.
A shade slower was Neil Revington in a Triumph TR 5 in two minutes, five seconds, while John Everard in an Alpha Romeo GT took third place with a time of two minutes, seven seconds.
The next event on the Historic Rally Carnival calendar will be the Historic Rally this weekend.