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New Rally Club boss outlines changes


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New Rally Club boss outlines changes

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No more gravel events and a reduced drivers and class championships in the composition of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) 2014 calendar.
Newly-elected BRC chairman Mark Hamilton told the recently-held annual general meeting at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association (BCTSA) that due to the interest/cost/reward scenario that had played out over the past three years, a decision had been made to abandon all gravel events from the sprint and rally calendar.
He said, too, that the BRC Drivers and Class Championships had been restructured and would be decided over eight rounds; given the continuing economic challenges, and the view that competitors would be more selective in how many events they contested.
 The new chairman said that the prevailing economic climate had made 2013 a difficult year financially.
Pointing out that the club had invested heavily in additional equipment, costing about $70 000, Hamilton said that the BRC would soon be making further investment in timing equipment to ensure the integrity of those systems for 2014.
But despite the economic challenges, he said the club’s membership base remained stable, corporate and Government support continued, with a long-term financial commitment already confirmed for the period 2014 to 2016, and the sport itself continued to be the sport of choice for the public.
And as the club heads into the new motor sport season in a positive frame of mind, despite 2013 having been a year of mixed fortunes, Hamilton said that the off-road division, the MudDogs, has an expanded calendar with eight events listed: the first of the usual five rounds of the Chefette MudDogs Safari and Safari Novice Championships are slated for Sunday, March 16, while a third date has been added to the MudFest calendar, with events planned for May, August and October.
During the evening, the chairman gave high praise to Audley Croney and his family for their contribution to the “great success” of the club’s annual prizegiving, hosted at their home at Chapel Plantation last November and thanked the volunteer marshals, stage commanders, the media and the club membership for their continued support, along with “all of those who quietly gave a hand without any acknowledgement or fuss.”

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