Clarke leads motoring standings
M7 driver Daryl Clarke has taken an early lead in the points standings of the Motoring Club Barbados Inc., as drivers prepare to settle Scotiabank King-of-the-Hill event later this month.
Driving the Roberts Manufacturing/P & N Hardware/Mom’s Pasta Products/Amir’s Chicken/MQI Honda Civic, Clarke has so far collected 36 points after taking maximum points for his exploits in the club’s Spring Blaze Speed event from Tappy Pond to Blackmans, St Joseph and in the HammerTime event from Cliff to Society, St John last weekend.
It was an excellent display of driving by Clarke in the group already being called the ‘Magnificent 7’ as a result of the calibre drivers entered. They include Jeremy Sisnett, Jamal Brathwaite, Edward Corbin, the Turks and Caiços Islands’ Tom Horton, Adrian Linton and Freddie Gale.
While Clarke is the lone driver at the top of the standings, the remainder of the competitors remain closely knit in the groups above and below him.
They include Rhett Watson, driving his Power King Batteries/Carter’s Pitstop/Gliptone/Stihl/Packaging Centre/The Unknown Entity/In support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3, Dane Skeete at the wheel of the Rubis/LIME Peugeot 306 Maxi, and Brendon McKenzie in the Mck Motorsport/Turbo Plus/Do It Best/Colour XL Toyota Corolla have 30 points each and are tied in second place.
The in form Roger ‘The Sheriff’ Skeete in the Sol/LIME/Simpson Motors/Michelin/Williams Trading Inc Subaru Impreza WRC S12, who has been the outright winner of all the events contested so far this season along with Mark Thompson in the Automotive Art/Glassesco Hardware/Stag Beer/NKM Clothing/Bio Beauty Day Spa/ Local Speed Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, Edward Corbin in the Corbin’s Garage/Automotive Art/Clark-Odio Toyota Corolla, and former club champion driver Jamal Brathwaite driving the Valvoline Lubricants/Automotive Art/Mackeson Stoute/Ellesmere Quarries/Chicken Pen Racing/Freekz Customz/Codgi’s Customs Brokers Honda Civic Type-R, occupy third place in the standings with 27 points each.
Three points adrift from them is David Brewster, who, after battling engine problems during the HammerTime event from Cliff to Society, has been able to muster 24 points for his fourth place in the standings. Three drivers, John Corbin, Stuart White and Trevor Mapp each have 15 points for the fifth place.
Sliding master Andrew Jones at the wheel of the Lucozade/AP Jones Pharmacy Ford Escort MkII, Stuart Maloney, Jonathan Ince, Paul Inniss and Jeremy Croney have each got 12 points and occupy the six round of the ladder, while Jeremy Sisnett has 10, to round out the top seven places as drivers and the technical specialists turn their attention to preparations for this month’s events which include the Top Gear Festival Barbados, Scotiabank King-of-the-Hill and Sol Rally Barbados.