Guts, glory for Mayers, Ferri
ROGER “His Hotness” Mayers and Max Ferri excelled in adverse conditions and made off with the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Summer Nights Tarmac Stages Rally last weekend.
Contested in association with LIME and Banks Beer, the pair defeated the opposition and the elements to win the gruelling event with a total elapsed time of 30 minutes, 00.73 seconds driving the Chefette/Digicel/Illusion Graphics/Pennzoil WR Starlet.
As changing weather conditions presented drivers with almost impossible tyre choices, the day and night event presented one of the biggest challenges of the season.
Mayers and Ferri, who had nearly 35 seconds on the second placed pair of John ‘Penti’ Powell and Nick Telfer in the Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services Ford Focus WRC08, called it a great rally.
“I drove my heart out and the car never let me down. The weather made it very challenging as it made the stages unpredictable, but we gambled with running the dry tyres in all but one stage and it paid off,” he said.
It was a bad day for the much-fancied Roger “The Sheriff” Skeete and Louis Venezia in the Sol/LIME/Simpson Motors/Williams Trading Inc. Subaru Impreza WRC S12. They were in trouble early suffering a recurrence of the launch control issues and called it a day after four stages.
Trinidad’s John “Penti” Powell and Nick Telfer, in the Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services Ford Focus WRC08, finished second with a time of 30 minutes, 35.30 seconds.
They were 40 seconds ahead of Rhett Watson and James Hutchinson in the Power King Batteries/Carter’s Pitstop/Gliptone/Stihl/Packaging Centre/The Unknown Entity/In support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3, whose time was 32 minutes, 52.46 seconds.
The feat also gave them the top honours at stake in SM12 and kept his hopes alive in the race for the overall champion driver’s title.
But it was a night of attrition for a number of drivers and changing weather conditions made for unpredictable conditions in tyre choices.
This could have a significant effect on the outcome of the 2014 BRC drivers and class Championships.
Heading the list was the top seeded pair of Skeete and Venezia, followed by his son Dane and co-driver Matthew Tyler, who retired when the oil cooler in their Rubis/Williams Trading Inc/LIME Peugeot 306 Maxi broke after four stages.
Modified 6 joint leader Neil Corbin (Toyota Starlet), with a broken pulley on the engine, and both Group N drivers, Andrew Mallalieu, in the Terra Caribbean Subaru Impreza with a broken axle and Kurt Thompson and Kurt Seabra, in the Stag Beer/Glassesco Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX with a broken gearbox and Daryl Clarke and Russell Brancker in the Roberts Manufacturing/P & N Hardware/Valvoline /Amir’s Chicken/MQI Collision Repair/Mum’s Pasta Honda Civic (M7 Honda Civic with a broke a CV joint, also endured mishaps.
However, the pair lost the last two stages before the break, but restarted and won the remaining stages to continue to share the overall lead in the drivers title chase with Rhett Watson.