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Mackay ‘coming home’ for Sol Rally

Trevor Thorpe

Mackay ‘coming home’ for Sol Rally

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As far as?rallying goes, former Scottish Tarmac champion Allan Mackay reckons he will be coming home by registering for the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Sol Rally Barbados 2014.
“We’re clubman racers, we always will be, and back in the UK, its not that we’re not respected, but there just seems to be an attitude problem, and it seems never-ending. I’ve said it this year, and I don’t want to exaggerate, but I do feel, as far as rallying goes, I’m home . . . this is it”, Mackay said of his entry.
Mackay’s flamboyant antics, in the company of regular co-driver, Ireland’s ‘Mad Mo’ Downey, have won the hearts and minds of local motoring fans, and he heightened his appeal this year when his son Euan entered alongside him in the Anglia JWRC.
It would be Mackay’s fifth visit to Barbados with his Ford Anglia WRC and he and Euan, entered among nearly 20 overseas entries so far, of which four are newcomers.
The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1, and will be preceded by scrutineering and Scotiabank King Of The Hill on May 24 and 25.
After retiring with bent steering on his first visit in 2010, Allan Mackay’s record shows that he finished 29th overall in 2011 and fourth in SM10, while the younger Mackay, finished 49th overall and seventh in SM10 this year.
Like last year, the first 30 international entries received will benefit from the event’s programme of subsidies, which also includes loyalty discounts for repeat visitors.
It would be the 25th running of the club’s blue riband event and also marks the seventh year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group.
The two are both entered in SuperModified 10 next year, the younger Mackay with new co-driver 21-year-old Rory Fraser, in the Anglia JWRC.
Before returning to Barbados, both Anglias will undergo a check over at the Mackay Motorsport garage.