SOL RALLY BARBADOS HIGHLIGHT OF LOCAL SEASON: Tight at the top in Virgin Atlantic Championship
While anticipation among island fans about the record-breaking overseas invasion for Sol Rally Barbados 2012 (June 9/10) is reaching fever pitch, local competitors are concentrating on their preparations for the highlight of the season. Shell V-Power King of the Hill (June 3) and Sol RB12 – each day is a separate round – offer three chances to score points towards the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Virgin Atlantic Championships.
After three rounds, it is tight at the top. In the four-wheel-drive title chase, Modified 8-WRC leader Sean Gill (Suzuki SX4 WRC) is just one point ahead of Roger Skeete (Subaru Impreza WRC S12), with Paul Bourne (Ford Focus WRC07) another three behind; each has won once this year, in what is proving to be the closest tussle going in to the season’s headline events for some time.
Among the two-wheel-drive runners, the leaders are far more spread out, as a variety of issues has kept the each of the key players away from one or more events. SuperModified 11 points-leader Stuart Maloney (Peugeot 306 Maxi) has a five-point advantage over his class competition Logan Watson (BMW M3), with Ian Warren (Suzuki Swift) and Daryl Clarke (Honda Civic), respectively leaders of SM10 and M7, tied in third, six points behind.
With the only 100 per cent record so far this year in a fully-subscribed class, Clarke also leads the overall VA Class Championship with 50 points; Maloney and Production 4 leader Geoff Noel (although a winner every time, he’s dropped a couple of points because of an unsubscribed class) tie for second on 48, with Gill, Skeete and SM9 leader Allan Maynard (Toyota Starlet) completing the top six.