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Sol Rally entries piling up


Trevor Thorpe

Sol Rally entries piling up

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Entries from two former Barbados Rally Club (BRC) champion drivers have pushed the list for this year’s Sol Rally Barbados close to 100, with the event still four months away.
The rally will be held on May 31 and June 1.
Roger Hill who first won the title in 1997 and took the club’s WRC-2 and 4wd Championship titles last year, is entered in his Esso/Nassco/MotorMac Toyota Corolla WRC with regular co-driver Graham Gittens. So too is the 2009 and 2011 champion Geoff Noel in his Kick Energy Drink/Sentry Insurance Brokers/Automotive Art/CIAC Air Conditioners/Mix 96.9FM/Dewalt Tools Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX.
Noel, the BRC Group N Champion for five of the past six years, is hoping to return to the top step of the rostrum this year. He was in the company of regular co-driver Nigel Reece last year.
SuperModified 12 champion Rhett Watson in the Oreo/Chips Ahoy!/Armstrong Agencies/Power King Batteries/Unknown Entity/Hankook Tyres/SpringBoard Marketing Platforms/In support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3 is also entered.
Watson was victorious over the weekend of Sol Rally Barbados last year and in the year-end standings of the BRC Drivers’ Championship, will no doubt be looking to repeat this year.
The competition in the group will be fierce as a result of the entry list which will also include Bryan Gill, Martin Atwell and Justin Campbell, who failed to finish last year due to differential failure.
To date this year, the overseas entries currently represent a higher percentage of those posted than at the same time last year for the 25th running of the BRC’s blue ribbon event which has already attracted a broad cross-section of competitors, with crews registered in 13 of the 16 different classes.
Competitors from 11 other countries have already registered for the event.
Scotiabank King of the Hill on May 25 is expected to set the tone for the event which is in its seventh year with the Sol Group as its title sponsor.

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