Shake-up for 2017 Rally Club Championship

The Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Driver’s and Class Championship will have a new look for its 60th Anniversary year in 2017, with a later start to the season and a different spread of events across the calendar; further changes to the individual format of events and the points-scoring system remain under consideration.

Sol Rally Barbados (June 2-4, 2017) and Flow King of the Hill (May 28) are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2017; Sol RB17 marks the 10th year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company, and the second by communications provider Flow.

The Shakedown Stages on Sunday, April 23, will now open the Championship, more than a month later than last year, with the final event a Stage Rally on November 24/25; changes to previously-published dates are subject to ratification by the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF). With the number of rounds cut from eight to seven, the dropped-score rule will also be abandoned.

The other significant change is moving the August Stage Rally to a new date in November, when it is proposed to run stages in darkness on Friday night, then run from day into night on Saturday.

BRC PRO Neil Barnard said: “In consultation with the Vaucluse Raceway Motorsports Club (VRMSC), we have agreed to move our event from August to November, to help facilitate a revamp of the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival.

Moving that event has helped create the longer mid-season break. We believe that will have two benefits: first, it will afford our hard-worked volunteer marshals and officials a more worthwhile rest following the concentrated period between the Shakedown Stages and Sol RB17, when there are three major events within the space of seven weeks.”

Barbados Rally Club Championship 2017 *: Round 1, Apr 23 – Shakedown Stages; Round 2, May 28 – Flow King of the Hill; Rounds 3 & 4, Jun 2-4 – Sol Rally Barbados 2017; Rounds 5 & 6, Oct 8 – Speed Event; Round 7, Nov 24/25 – Stage Rally
* subject to ratification by the Barbados Motoring Federation

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