- Vaucluse International Rally Sprint 2005
Compliments of the Barbados
Web Posted - Wed May 25 2005
By Corey Greaves
MARK HAMILTON capped off an impressive performance by driving off with
the overall victory at the Vaucluse Interantional RallySprint on Sunday.
At the helm of his McEnearney Quality Inc/Consolidated Finance/Automotive
Art Ford Escort Mk II, Hamilton also set a personal best time of two minutes
This time came in the Handicap final against Tristan Gibbs, who was in
his first outing in the ex-Freddie Gale Toyota Starlet Turbo.
After the day's action, Hamilton said he was very pleased to have captured
the overall victory.
The skilled driver was humble about his victory:
In motor sports one has to have a certain degree of luck and some of the
other drivers had unfortunate incidents while the old Ford worked well.
However, at the start of the day he did not think it would have gone so
During the day Hamilton said his priority was to win his group and the
times were not relevant, but crossing the finish line before the other
I had Andrew Jones and three other European entries and I won by a little
The track also helped as well and Hamilton said the track held up fantastic
over the weekend and the organisers did a great job.
Hamilton has been driving for over 15 years and said his first competition
car was loaned to him by Andy Philip, who also supported him and is his
However, after such an outstanding performance in the RallySprint he will
be looking on from the sidelines during Rally Barbados.
The decision made was that there had (been) a lot of European entries
and friends from Jamaica to look after so I have taken on the role of
To reach the final the impressive young Gibbs defeated James Betts, then
Sean Gill in the semi finals. Gill had in turn defeated Edward Corbin
in the quarter-final.
Hamilton had beaten Simon Gillmore and Jonathan Still, while Trevor Manning
suffered a throttle body failure in his run against Still, so he could
not take on the BMW.
Production 1, 2 & 3 merged, was won in fine style by Tristan Gibbs,
who first defeated Graham Gittens in a similar car. Tristan Gibbs then
defeated his brother Sean Gibbs who was driving a Datsun 120Y.
This weekend saw the debut of the new Suzuki Ignis Sport in the hands
of Neil Barnard, who finished third in the group, after Gittens crashed
out of the run-off, seriously damaging the Starlet, although uninjured
The RallySprint Cup leader James Betts emerged victorious in Modified
Betts first defeated Wayne Manning, then Brett Clarke. Kenny Hall was
beaten by Clarke in an extremely close finish, but went on to defeat Manning
in the run-off for third place. Gill was made to work for his victory
in Modified 6, holding off the determined Kirk Watkins by a narrow margin
in his heat, then keeping England s Paul McMullen at bay in the final
of the group.
Watkins, the only driver to have contested every VRW RallySprint, defeated
Ollivierre in the third-place run-off. In Modified 7, with less than two
seconds covering the fastest three cars, close racing was guaranteed,
and it was delivered. Edward Corbin drove his way to victory against Greg
Cozier, then Roger Marshall.
SuperModified 9 & 10 produced another fine display from a VRW novice
in a battle of Toyota Starlets, Josh Read defeated Karl Waterman in his
heat, but was unable to defeat the experienced Simon Gillmore in the final.
Gillmore had defeated Matthew Staffner in his heat, the Toyota Corolla
driver also losing to Waterman in the third-place run-off.
With a trio of Mark II Ford Escorts, SuperModified 11 was another guaranteed
crowd-pleaser, Mark Hamilton winning the final from Welshman Gary Thomas,
who had earlier defeated his fellow countryman Rupert Lomax.
Jonathan Still and England s Martin Stockdale faced one another in their
BMW M3s in the SuperModified 12 final, Stockdale having earlier beaten
his team-mate Hugh Peat (Ford Escort RS Cosworth).
The local man came out the winner, but by a very narrow margin after he
had missed a gear at the start giving up a few precious seconds.
By the time the Modified 8 run-offs were due to start, the spectator areas
were packed, and alive with anticipation. First to go were Manning and
Roger Hill, the race a lot closer than many had anticipated. In the process
of beating Hill, Manning regained his lap record, shaving nearly a full
second off Bourne s mark from earlier in the day, the record now 2:01.88.
Manning went on to defeat Kevin Procter in the final, in which the Englishman
set a personal best of 2:04.08, which was also good enough for the best
overseas time of the day, repeating his feat (albeit around 10 seconds
faster) of the International RallySprint two years before.
Hill, too, established a personal best time, at an impressive 2:03.99,
in the process of defeating Harold Morley in the third-place run-off.
The end-of-day prize-giving was well-attended, the winners receiving champagne
from Axis Inc, plaques from D Blades Trophies Ltd and rally DVDs of Irish
producer Plum Tyndall s visits to Barbados.
The Vaucluse Raceway International RallySprint was organised by the Vaucluse
Raceway Motorsport Club and supported by Axis Inc, the Simpson Motors
Rally Team and D Blades Trophies Ltd.
International RallySprint Results
Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): WAL Wales
Banks Pig n Likka Driver of the Day: Gary Thomas WAL and Rupert Lomax
Best time of the day Trevor Manning, 2m 01.88s (new lap record)
Best overseas time of the day Kevin Procter, 2m 04.08s
Production 1, 2 & 3 merged: 1st Tristan Gibbs (P3 Toyota Starlet Turbo)
Modified 5: 1st James Betts (Champion Auto/KG Enterprises/Venture Marble/Hankook/Bridgestone/L
& N Workshop/Kendall Sporting Opel Corsa GSi); Modified 6: 1st Sean
Gill (Shell Helix/Courts/Automotive Art/Kerridge/Simpson Motors Suzuki
Modified 7: 1st Edward Corbin (Automotive Art/Kumho Toyota Corolla SR);
SuperModified 9 & 10 merged: 1st Simon Gillmore (S10 Halton Graphics/DHL
World Wide Express/SRG Engineering/Toyo Tyres Peugeot 205);
SuperModified 11: 1st Mark Hamilton (McEnearney Quality Inc/Consolidated
Finance/Automotive Art Ford Escort Mk II);
SuperModified 12: 1st Jonathan Still (Hitachi Power Tools/Philips Lighting/Warrens
Motors/Crane & Equipment/VP Racing BMW M3);
Modified 8: 1st Trevor Manning (Shell Helix/Courts/Automotive Art/Kerridge/Simpson
Motors/Garbage Master Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII);