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Read stars on 2-wheel drive day

Stefan Walker

Read stars on 2-wheel drive day

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Josh Read wrote the perfect script when another round of the Motoring Club Barbados championship took place last Sunday.
Read took the honours on the four-kilometre Mapps to Stewarts Hill stage, finishing ahead of Rhett Watson and Ralph White.
The event wasn’t like the previous rounds, as this time around there were no four-wheel drive cars. With the likes of Neil Armstrong, Paul Bourne, Roger Skeete and Roger Hill not competing, it was open season for the two-wheel drive competitors.
Before the start, many were under the assumption that Read would take the event easily as there was no Ian Warren or Roger Mayers around for him to tango with.
However, Read was not without his rivals as the likes of Watson and Justin Campbell were in attendance with their BMW M3s. White and Cliff Roett were also there in their Toyota Starlets.
The action started around 9 a.m. with a practice run as some drivers got a chance to take a look at the course.
The expected top four attacked the practice run as though it was an official run. Read was fastest in the practice, while Watson was second, White third, Campbell fourth and Edward Corbin fifth. Roett didn’t make it too far as his car came to a grinding halt as he made his way to Three Houses.
As the day went on, the battle that ensued was very close among the top four as each man bettered his times and kept the pressure on.
In the end, it was Read who came out the victor with a fastest time of 1 minute 54.08 seconds. It was the first time a two-wheel drive took the honours since Neil Armstrong triumphed at last year’s Sun and Stars Rally.
Watson recorded the second fastest time of 1 minute 56.59 seconds.
White was third with a fastest time of 1 minute 59.33 seconds, while Justin Campbell (1:59.68) amd Edward Corbin (2:04.74) completed the top five.