ALL SET FOR SUMMER NIGHTS TARMAC STAGES
Preparations are in full swing for the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Summer Nights Tarmac Stages on Saturday, August 11, which brings to an end the two-month break in the Virgin Atlantic Driver’s and Class Championships . . . and every point counts for Championship contenders, as the season approaches its climax.
BRC Competitions Secretary Neil Corbin notes: “Motorsport Services will not be open on either Emancipation Day or Kadooment to accommodate entries, so competitors are urged to enter as early as possible this week.”
Slated to start at 5.00pm from St Lucy’s Church, the BRC Summer Nights Tarmac Stages will run between Pickerings and Hope Road; the stage will be run three times in that direction before the dinner halt, then be reversed to run in the opposite direction after sundown. The briefing meeting will be held at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association Clubhouse at Searles, Christ Church at 7.00pm on Thursday, August 9.
The seventh of 10 rounds in the Club’s 2012 Virgin Atlantic Championships, it comes at a crucial time in the competition; in the Overall Class Championship battle, Modified 7 leader Daryl Clarke (Honda Civic) retains his early advantage, with a total of 108 points, five ahead of Neil Corbin (Toyota Starlet) and Geoff Noel (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), the leaders of M6 and Production 4, who are tied for second, with SuperModified 11 leader Logan Watson (BMW M3) a further three points behind in fourth.
At year-end, a competitor’s lowest score is dropped – applying that rule now shakes up the top 10 considerably: both Noel and Watson would move ahead of Corbin, tied in second place three points behind Clarke, while the spread of points across the top 10 would be slashed from 30 to 19. In addition, the likes of Carlos Edwards and Neil Armstrong, both in Starlets, and Sean Gill (Suzuki SX4) would move up the order, having either missed a round or failed to score.
Paul Bourne (Ford Focus WRC07) leads the four-wheel-drive title chase, six points ahead of Gill, with Noel and Roger Skeete (Subaru Impreza WRC S12) third and fourth, while the two-wheel-drive points are even closer: Armstrong and Watson each has 75 points, with Clarke third, ahead of early leader Stuart Maloney (Peugeot 306 Maxi).