RECORD-BREAKING ENTRY FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS: Barbados Rally Club celebrates 25th Anniversary in style

The final running order for Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), published by the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) in advance of this evening’s Briefing Meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in Rockley, lists competitors from 15 nations among the 90 crews for the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International.

As the BRC celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its premier event, records have been broken – overseas entries (44), total of overseas participants (89), first-time overseas participants (40), cars in the 4wd classes (27) and the number of female competitors (16), while the quality of the entry across the board means all bets are off.

BRC Chairman Mark Hamilton said: "It would seem that there are many in the rallying fraternity across the world who want to help the Barbados Rally Club celebrate the first 25 years of special stage rallying in the island. We are overwhelmed by the support shown this year, not only by our long-term repeat visitors, but also by the record number of newcomers. We welcome them and thank them all for their support . . . and it is now up to us, and that special vibe that 'rally' in Barbados creates, to ensure that our first-time participants come back year after year as well.

BRC Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “It would seem that there are many in the rallying fraternity across the world who want to help the Barbados Rally Club celebrate the first 25 years of special stage rallying in the island. We are overwhelmed by the support shown this year, not only by our long-term repeat visitors, but also by the record number of newcomers. We welcome them and thank them all for their support . . . and it is now up to us, and that special vibe that ‘rally’ in Barbados creates, to ensure that our first-time participants come back year after year as well.

“Sunday’s LIME King of the Hill has truly set us up for an amazing weekend of competition – overall victory was decided by just five-hundredths of a second, and four classes were settled by less than a second, too! This is unheard of – I believe that next weekend will be something very special.”

With seeding based on the results of last Sunday’s LIME King of the Hill, 13-time winner Roger Skeete and Louis Venezia (Sol/LIME/Simpson Motors/Automotive Art Subaru Impreza WRC S12) will start at number one. Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton – he won the International All-Stage Rally in 1998 – and Michael Fennell Jnr are at two, in the Rubis/Total/Sandals Barbados Ford Focus WRC06, with 2012 & ’13 winner Paul Bird and Aled Davies at three in the Rubis/Cockspur/Frank Bird Poultry/Hager/Mac Tools/Elas/Pirelli/C4L Focus WRC08.

Also in contention are former World Rally Championship contender, Finland’s Toni Gardemeister, who will campaign the Red Bull Global Rallycross/Simpson Motors/Bushy Park Barbados Suzuki SX4 WRC with countryman Timo Alanne, and double European Rally Champion, France’s Simon Jean-Joseph, who will be partnered in Trinidad ace John Powell’s Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services Focus WRC08 by Jack Boyere, who shared both his ERC titles in 2003 & ’07.

Josh Read and Mark Jordan are top 2wd seeds for the first time, starting at eight in the Stihl/Gliptone/Sprite/Hankook/Weetabix/Chutney’s/Royal Purple/EZone Toyota Starlet, with Neil Armstrong and Barry Ward (Rubis/Chefette/Hankook/Nassco/GUNK Starlet) at 11, Roger Mayers and Sean Corbin (Chefette/Sol/Digicel/DHL/Hankook/Illusion Graphics WR Starlet) at 12, and the highest-placed 2wd overseas newcomers Simon Mauger and Melanie Holmes (Major Motorsport/Smith and Jones Engines/Ravenol/Virgin Atlantic Airways/Redline Fuels/Accra Beach Hotel/Stoutes Car Rentals Ford Escort MkII) at 14.

In addition to the battle for overall and 2wd supremacy, there will be 15 separate classes contested, in all but two of which island competitors will enjoy the challenge of pitting their skills against regional or international entries.

Sol RB15 will start and finish on the unique Race Of Champions Parallel Track at Bushy Park Barbados; on Friday night, the facility will play host to the first two of 22 special stages, while Sunday’s SuperSpecial will give drivers the chance to let their hair down head-to-head, safe in the knowledge that the times are not included in the results.

On the other side of the island, the Vaucluse Raceway (VRW) will be the focal point of the Saturday of Sol RB15, with four runs southbound through the facility, followed by a further two northbound runs on Sunday morning. The introduction of the ROC track and new sections of VRW combined with the reconfiguration of other familiar stages present a refreshed challenge for competitors, while seeding arrangements change, too: in addition to the traditional Sunday morning re-seed based on overnight classification, the same will happen on Saturday morning.

Sol Rally Barbados 2015 statistics:

• 90 crews on the final running order
• a record 27 entries in the 4wd classes
• a record 44 overseas entries
• competitors from 15 nations (including Barbados)
• a record 89 overseas drivers and co-drivers, 40 new to the event (also a record)
• 46 local entries
• a record 16 female competitors, two drivers (for the first time), 14 co-drivers
• cars from 13 manufacturers, Ford best-represented with 26, followed by Toyota (15), Mitsubishi (13) and Subaru (9)
• 120 entries received on-line – 30 withdrawn (20 International, 1 Regional, 9 Local)

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown); ANT – Antigua & Barbuda; CDN – Canada; ENG – England; FIN – Finland; FRA – France; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NED – The Netherlands; NIR – Northern Ireland; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; TCI – Turks & Caicos; TRI – Trinidad & Tobago; WAL – Wales

1 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia (WRC-1 Sol/LIME/Simpson Motors/Automotive Art Subaru Impreza WRC S12)
2 Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (WRC-1 Rubis/Total/Sandals Barbados Ford Focus WRC06)
3 Paul Bird – ENG/Aled Davies – WAL (WRC-1 Rubis/Cockspur/Frank Bird Poultry/Hager/Mac Tools/Elas/Pirelli/C4L Ford Focus WRC08)
4 Simon Jean-Joseph – FRA/Jack Boyere – FRA (WRC-1 Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services Ford Focus WRC08)
5 Rob Swann – ENG/Aled Edwards – WAL (WRC-1 Waves Hotel and Spa Barbados/Terra Caribbean/Cygnet Plant/R A Swann Subaru Impreza WRC S11)
6 Toni Gardemeister – FIN/Timo Alanne – FIN (WRC-1 Red Bull Global Rallycross/Simpson Motors/Bushy Park Barbados Suzuki SX4 WRC)
7 Roger Duckworth – ENG/Ross Weir – ENG (WRC-2 Intrinsys Subaru Impreza WRC S6)
8 Josh Read/Mark Jordan (SM10 Stihl/Gliptone/Sprite/Hankook/Weetabix/Chutney’s/Royal Purple/EZone Toyota Starlet)
9 Roger Hill/Graham Gittens (WRC-2 Nassco/Esso/Pennzoil/MotorMac Toyota Corolla WRC)
10 Kevin Procter – ENG/Philip Hopkins – ENG (WRC-2 Procters Coaches/Compass Royston/Swift Signs/Corner House Hotel/Hopkins Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRC S7)
11 Neil Armstrong/Barry Ward (SM10 Rubis/Chefette/Hankook/Nassco/GUNK Toyota Starlet)
12 Roger Mayers/Sean Corbin (SM10 Chefette/Sol/Digicel/DHL/Hankook/Illusion Graphics WR Starlet)
14 Simon Mauger – ENG/Melanie Holmes – ENG (SM11 Major Motorsport/Smith and Jones Engines/Ravenol/Virgin Atlantic Airways/Redline Fuels/Accra Beach Hotel/Stoutes Car Rentals Ford Escort MkII)
15 Dane Skeete/Tyler Mayhew (SM11 Sol/LIME/Automotive Art Peugeot 306 Maxi)
16 Rhett Watson/James Hutchinson (SM12 Chefette/Power King/Gliptone/Stihl in support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3)
17 Andrew Jones/Lindsey Pilkington – ENG (SM11 AP Jones Pharmacy/Southern Surf Beach Apartments/Lucozade Ford Escort MkII)
18 Andrew Mallalieu/Geoff Goddard (GpN Terra Caribbean/Blue Sky Luxury Subaru Impreza N10)
19 Mark Thompson/Wayne King (GpN Automotive Art/Stag Beer/Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio Beauty Day Spa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
20 Joe McQuillan – NIR/Sean Donnelly – SCO (GpA Masserene Park Farms Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
21 Rupert Lomax – WAL/David Alcock – WAL (GpA DigIt Plant Hire/SMS Motorsport/Almax Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
22 Neil Corbin/Matthew Staffner (M6 Nassco/Jason Jones/BG Products & Services/Auto Solutions/Valvoline/Max Meyer Paints/Emtage Electric Toyota Starlet)
23 Avinash Chatrani/Andrew Skeete (GpA iShop Barbados/Electric Avenue/PowerBass/Lenovo/1 of K/Copocabana/Sign Station Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
24 Barry Groundwater – SCO/Martin Forrest – SCO (GpA Groundwater Lift Trucks/Steve Reid Autobody/AMS Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
25 David Coelho – TRI/James Harris – ENG (GpN Total/Lubetech/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi/www.machinerysalestrinidad.com/Quipsol Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
26 Daryl Clarke/Russell Brancker (M7 MQI Collision Repair/Mom’s Pasta Products/Roberts Manufacturing/Valvoline Honda Civic)
27 Paul Horton – TCI/Dwayne Forde (M7 Sky Motorsports/Java Island/Real Ford Escort MkI)
28 Peter Shaun Sinclair – SCO/Ruaridh Allan – SCO (SM11 Ford Escort MkII)
29 Greg Cozier/Natasha Farnum (Int-Hist Barbados Historic Rally Carnival/Jondel Engines Ford Escort RS)
30 Hugh Peat – ENG/Mike Sendall – ENG (GpN Wemix Concrete/CC Motors Subaru Impreza N11)
31 John Powell – TRI/Jason Costelloe – TRI (GpN Intercontinental Shipping Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
32 Kyle Gregg – JAM/Michael Worme (GpN Sunitrac Tyres/B D Gregg Bros Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
33 Justin Campbell/Juan Watts (SM12 Dream Solutions/Itstaboo.com/Hunikom/Campbell Racing Team/Castrol/Hilton Barbados/One Media/Biz Needz BMW M3)
34 Fraser Louden – SCO/Abi Louden – SCO (WRC-1 ALS Oil & Gas/MGS Logistics/Retro Restorations Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
35 Brendon Mckenzie/Dominic Straker (M6 Mck Motorsport Toyota Corolla)
36 Stan Hartling – CDN/Heath Hazell (SM12 Bambarra Rum BMW M3)
37 Edward Corbin/Rodney Clarke (M7 Valvoline/Prosales Toyota Corolla RunX)
38 Pete Rayner – ENG/Maria Rayner – ENG (GpB Perry Road Autos/Tamdown Group Ford Escort MkII)
39 Oliver Hopkins – ENG/Ashley Trimble – ENG (GpA Hopkins Motorsport/Dan Cuff Motor Engineering Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
40 Pierre Negre – FRA/Gilles Gaussens – FRA (GpA Conseil General de la Guadeloupe Ford Escort RS Cosworth)
41 Rob Smith – ENG/Paul Willetts – ENG (Int-Hist HJ Weir Engineering/Weir Laundry Equipment/Ocean Two Resort/RSR Historic Engineering Triumph TR7 V8)
42 Chris Ullyett/Chantal Ullyett (SM12 Ullyett’s Machine Shop/Proj-Rx Inc/MG America BMW M3)
43 Jamal Brathwaite/Dario Hoyte (M7 Platinum Motors/Valvoline/Automotive Art/R S Electrical/Ellesmere Quarries/JSB Motorsport/Chicken Pen Racing/Codgies Customs Brokers Honda Civic Type-R)
44 Donnie MacDonald – SCO/Ashleigh Will – SCO (GpA Culloden Car Sales/Topcar Inverness/Romms/DMC Performance Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
45 Shelly Taunt – ENG/Julie Murphy – ENG (GpN Guest & Flore Bricklayers/Combined Scaffolding/ASF Sign Factory/Jim Griffiths Car Body Repairs Subaru Impreza N10)
46 Andrew Costin-Hurley – ENG/Stuart Andrews – WAL (GpB ARP/Earl’s Performance/Zeta Engineering Hoses Ford Puma Evo)
47 Kenny Hall – SCO/Fenny Wesselink – NED (M6 Halltune Garage Ford Puma S1600)
48 Peter Morris – WAL/Lyndon Mohammed – TRI (WRC-1 Valvoline Oils/DMack Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)
49 Harold Morley – ENG/Ken Mohammed – TRI (GpN www.bajanloveshop.com/10 Saints/Red Square/Costco Subaru Impreza WRX STi R4)
50 Terry Sealy/Rommel Coppin (GpN Speedline Performance Auto/Premier World Cargo/Cockspur Rum/Little Switzerland Subaru Impreza STi)
51 Allan Mackay – SCO/Mo Downey – NIR (SM11 Tunnocks Tea Cakes/Mountune Ford Anglia WRC)
52 Martin Stockdale – ENG/Stephen Ritchie – ENG (SM12 Divi Southwinds Beach Resort/Drive-a-Matic/Quarry Motors BMW Spares BMW 1M Coupe)
53 Mark Kinch/Andrew Peirce (SM9 Black Pearl Party Cruises/Jolly Roger 1/Rubis Kirtons/Ultraviolet Entertainment/Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Toyota Starlet)
54 Sean Field/Shannon Kirton (M7 Field Insurance Brokers Peugeot 306 GTi6)
55 Freddie Gale/Kyle Proverbs (M7 Gale’s Hatcheries/VP Racing Fuels/Nassco Toyota Corolla RunX)
56 David St Hill/Ian Grimes (SM12 Solar & Wind Energy Solutions BMW M3)
57 Stuart McChlery/Jonathan Johnson (SM11 Lubriguard/Gunk Ford Escort MkI)
58 Brian Watson – SCO/Caroline Will – SCO (SM11 Ford Escort MkII)
59 Nigel Worswick – ENG/Rebecca Kirsch – ENG (SM11 Worswick Engineering/Rallytech Composites/Rockwell Automation Ford Escort MkII)
60 Paul Rees – WAL/Paul Briggs – ENG (M7 Coconut Court Beach Hotel/Vauxcare Vauxhall Astra Mk2)
61 Jeremy Croney/Andrew Croney (Club Warrens Lubricants/Sign Station/SRG Engineering/Sweet Temptations Peugeot 206XS)
62 Clifford Cox/Scott Bentham (SM9 Toyota Starlet)
63 Wayne Archer/Derek Edwards (Hist Archers Hall Design Centre/Diamonds International/CACS BMW 325)
64 Raymond Clough – ENG/Stephen Bell (Int-Hist Saint-Gobain Weber/DBP Bradford/The Builders Center Sheffield/Yorkshire Fixings Otley/Encon Leeds/Minster Sheffield Ford Escort MkI)
65 Dick Mauger – ENG/Steve McNulty – ENG (SM10 Major Motorsport Ford Escort MkII)
66 Cliff Roett/Joshua Plaza – TRI (SM10 Nassco/Paulo’s Churasco do Brazil/Roett’s Garage Toyota Starlet)
67 Warren Philliskirk – ENG/Garry Green – ENG (Int-Hist Philliskirk Drainage/Autosparks Ford Escort RS1800 MkII)
68 Nick Marshall – NZL/Nigel Hutchinson – ENG (M7 Peugeot 206 GTi 180)
69 Norman Catwell/Kyle Catwell (M7 CPR Racing/Ellesmere Quarries/Jenvy Motorsport Induction Systems/John Hardman Engineering/Elite Transmissions Volkswagen Golf GTI)
70 Kurt Thompson/Adam Straker (M7 Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty Day Spa/Digicel 4G/Beacon Insurance Honda Civic)
71 Jeremy Sisnett/Justin Sisnett (M7 The Tiki Bar/Autolink/Indoor Plant Services Ford Fiesta ST)
72 Kurt Ward/Kirt King (SM9 SDRR/Precision Racing Ford Escort MkI)
73 Shareef Walcott/Jan-Yves Hinds (SM9 Novus Tech/MMXI/246 Dip/F1RST.com/SunShadeTinting Toyota Corolla)
74 Winston Thompson/Fiona Catwell – ANT (SM9 Ellesmere Quarries/BCR/Island Projects Construction/SDRR Industrial & Hydraulic Spares/Chicken Pen Racing Toyota Starlet)
75 Chris Shooter – ENG/Bev LeGood – ENG (Int-Hist Sparrow Hill Cars Ford Escort MkII)
76 Stuart Tomlinson – ENG/Nick Taylor – ENG (Hist Tomlinsons/Atlas Copco UK Ford Escort MkII)
77 Marcus Tinsley – ENG/James Crosland – ENG (M5 Tinsley Joiners/Rodgers Plant Hire/Taylor Signs/Golcar Brewery/GroupKit/David Brown Motor Club Peugeot 205 Rallye)
78 Jeremy Gonsalves/Chris Corbin (M6 Sign Depot/Makita/Star Products/Guava Tech/John Hardman Engineering/Valvoline Opel Corsa)
79 Steve Finch – ENG/Aaron Rayner – ENG (SM10 Ford Escort MkII)
80 Jonathan Ince/David Armstrong (Hist Ocean Fisheries/Hankook Daihatsu Charmant)
81 John Corbin/Owen Proverbs (Hist Valvoline/Corbins Garage/Pro Sales Toyota Corolla)
82 Mike Marshall – NZL/Marc Keen – NZL (M6 Peugeot 106 Maxi)
83 Pierre Clarke/Ezra Gibbs (Club SDRR Hydraulics & Industrial Spares Honda Civic)
84 Paul Inniss/Jason Tull (M6 Durex/Sun General Insurance/Caribbean Villa Chefs/Chicken Stop Inc/Illusion Graphics/Hugh Auto Body/HIV Aids Commission/Erie Tyre Service/JJ Racing Team Honda Civic)
85 Fabien Clarke/Arlington Hoyte (M6 RCR Tours/Bovell Auto Repair/Barbados Business Listings Suzuki Ignis Sport)
86 Rommell Martin/Rashid Phillips (Club Winston Enterprise/Fusion Boutique/VV&K Rentals/B3 Imaging/Candy Lane/Rallymaxx Toyota Starlet)
87 Trevor Mapp/Alister Nurse (Club JSB Motorsport/Chicken Pen Racing/AS Autostop Mitsubishi Colt Mivec RS)
88 David Brewster/Alex Kirton (GpB Innovative Security Solutions/Castrol/SRG Engineering Peugeot 205GTi)
89 Chris Williams/Reuben Nelson (M6 Cutters Barbados/Sun Flower Events/Solo/Royal Chinese Restaurant Ford Fiesta)
90 Antony Pownall – ENG/Malcolm Clark – ENG (GpN Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
91 Peter Gallagher – IRL/Rene Forde (M6 Dublin Crystal Peugeot 206XSi)
92 Cheryl Spencer – ENG/Barry Spencer – ENG (Club Dover Beach Hotel/Waterfront Accident Repair/Mission Bodyshop/Central Park Bodyshop/Euro Car Parts/AB Autos/Airport Bodyshop/ABS Embroidery/Capricorn Canvas/Katz Auto Services/SRG Engineering Vauxhall Astra)

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