Sunday, April 21, 2024

No walkover for Sheriff


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LOCAL RALLY ace Roger “The Sheriff” Skeete will be without regular co-driver Louis Venezia as crews assemble for today’s Motoring Club Barbados Inc. (MCBI) Rally Of The Sun And Stars which will start at Greenland Plantation, St Andrew, at 2:30 p.m.

Skeete, the 13-time winner of the Caribbean’s premier rally event Sol Barbados, will be partnered by Graham Gittens in the Sol/LIME/Simpson Motors/Michelin/Williams Trading Inc. Subaru Impreza WRC S12 and is expected to be severely tested as five regional drivers are entered for the event.

Among the foreign drivers are Caribbean champion, Jamaica’s Jeffrey “Fudgie” Panton, who will have co-driver Mike Fennell Jr alongside him in the Rubis/Blue Orchids Hotel Ford Focus WRC06.

The others are John “Penti” Powell, who is yet to name his co-driver for the Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services Ford Focus WRC08; Trinidad and Tobago’s David Coelho and James Harris in the Total/VP Racing Fuels/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, while the flag of the Turks & Caicos Islands will be flown by Stan Hartling and Paul Horton, who are no strangers to the local conditions.

Pairs will contest 12 stages laid out at Sailor Gully to French Village and Diamond Corner, both in the parish of St Peter, from 2:30 p.m. before the dinner stop at Greenland Plantation at 5:30 p.m.

The restart at 6:30 p.m. for the remaining night stages and the rally is expected to end around 10 p.m. at the starting point.

Apart from the top class competitors and the foreign pairs, keen competition is expected among the two-wheel drive competitors.

A lot of attention will be paid to Roger “His Hotness” Mayers, who is fresh from winning the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Summer Night Stages nearly two weeks ago in the company of Max Ferri in the Chefette/Digicel/Pennzoil/Illusion Graphics/Hankook WR Starlet.

Others to watch include Rhett Watson and James Hutchinson in the Power king batteries/Carters Pitstop/Gliptone/Stihl/The Unknown Entity/In support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3; Dane Skeete and Tyler Mayhew in the Rubis/Williams Trading Inc/LIME/Michelin Peugeot 306 Maxi and championship leader Roberts Manufacturing/P & N Hardware/Valvoline/Amir’s Chicken/MQI Quality/Mum’s Pasta Honda Civic.



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