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Encore for Alleyne and O’Neal


Trevor Thorpe

Encore for Alleyne and O’Neal

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Leslie?Alleyne and Chris O’Neal will take home the Peter Farmer Memorial Trophy and the Sextant Challenge Trophy at the Barbados Rally Club’s annual awards presentation on Friday at Chapel Plantation.
The two awards are symbols of supremacy in the Barbados Rally Club’s Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship.
The pair owed their success to winning the recent Nassco November Safari after collecting 858 penalties at the wheel of the Simpson Motors/Shell Rimula/Shell Spirax/Maxxis Tyres Isuzu D-Max.
“It was a perfect way to end the season. It was well-fought to the end. The routes and the conditions were challenging, and you had to keep your head on”, said O’Neal, who is marking his third consecutive win with Alleyne.
Pointing out that he was almost caught by the route-setting skills of Philip McConney, O’Neal said the BRC navigation was difficult, including the tricks used by McConney.
Derek Gill and Andrew Croney, in the Insurance Solutions Inc/Sweet Temptations Mitsubishi Pajero, were second with 1 119 penalties. Audley and Jeremy Croney in the CC Motorsports and Friends Suzuki Vitara took third place with 1 537.
The Mendes brothers, George and Gary in the G&G Sales & Service Mitsubishi L200 Sportero were fourth with 1 832 penalties.
Nyere Jones and Ben Norris, in a Land Rover Discovery, were fifth with 2 092 penalties, while Gregory Dickenson and Dane McConney, with 2 710 penalties, competing in a Toyota Hilux rounded out the top six places.
Alleyne and O’Neal also won Routes 1 and 2 with 452 and 406 penalties. Gill and Croney were second in Route 1 with 499 penalties and the father and son combination of Audley and Jeremy Croney finished third with 777.
In Route 2, Jones and Norris were second with 486 penalties, while Gill and Croney were third with 620.
Among the novices, Richard M. Hinkson and Richard L. Hinkson, in a Suzuki Samurai, topped the group with 4 237 penalties and placed 12th overall.
The second-placed pair of Dave Gibson and Andy Williams, in a Toyota Hilux, had 6 164 penalties and ended 15th overall, while Damien and Brandon Johnson, in the Western Union Suzuki Samurai, were third in the group and 16th overall with 6 439 penalties.
Seventeen crews tackled what was described as the “toughest event of the year”, which was concentrated in the central parishes, with the finish at Chapel Plantation.

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