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Trevor Electric Micey Manning (seen here) driving his Shell Helix/Courts/Automotive Art/Kerridge/Simpson Motors/Garbage Master Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII.

Web Posted - Tue May 24 2005
By Corey Greaves
At the start of last weekend Trevor Electric Micey Manning had set out to reclaim what he had loss to Paul The Surfer Bourne last year,was the Vaucluse RallySprint track record.
Even before the dust could settle on the final day of the International RallySprint which forms part of the 2005 Barbados Rally Carnival, Manning in his Shell Helix/Courts/Automotive Art/Kerridge/Simpson Motors/Garbage Master Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII had elcipsed the old record over the three-kilometre course with a new time of two minutes 01.88 seconds.
The old record set by Bourne last year was two minutes 03.42 seconds.
However, the retired Bourne, who returned for one last Rally Carnival, sound a warning that he was not giving up the title of record holder without a fight and replaced last year s record with a new time of two minutes 02.87 seconds before Manning was able to reach the mark.
But Bourne would not have any further opportunity to lower his time as he was knocked out early in the group runs.

It was in the losers run-off that Bourne set the new mark, we decided to but some weight in the back which transformed the car (Banks/Pirelli Subaru Impreza WRC), said Bourne speaking about the time he had done.
I had a really good run and had to race two times back to back.
The first was against Ray Brammer from England in the Ray Brammer Vehicle Repairs/C & R Units/Thurlow Nunn Subaru Impreza WRX, and the second race was against Roger The Sheriff Skeete in the Havoline/McEnearney Quality/Michelin Ford Focus WRC ,who had been knocked out by Harold Morley in the Sunbeach Communications Subaru Impreza WRC.

However Bourne lowering the mark would not sit well with Manning. It gave me a lot of inspiration, said Manning. It is very good to see him (Bourne) come out here after not driving for about six months and do so well. There has always been a very strong Mitsubishi/Subaru rivalry in the island and his return added to that.
It was in the first group run off, which was against the always consistent Roger The Ninja Hill after the lunch interval that Manning set the new record. I decided to go for it because I didn t know how the track was going to hold up during the day. So, we put on some new tyres and went for it, he said

Though this time would put him at a severe disadvantage latter in the day in the Group Winners Handicap, Manning said, I did not worry about that I just did the best time because it was all about the record, not the handicap.
The car Hill in the Mobil 1/Nassco/Motormac/Michelin Toyota Celica GT4 was getting progressively faster as well and would post a fastest time of two minutes 03.99 seconds on the day. However, the day did not go without incident for the new record holder. During his race against Kevin Procter to determine who would be the group winner his throttle bodies stuck in the open position.
I was driving using only the brake and the clutch, mentioned the skilled driver adding that because it was Procter in the very quick Procters Coaches/Swift Signs/PC racing Vehicle Rentals/Motoscope Ford Puma Evo 4 x 4 he was not allowed to give anything away.
Procter finished the day with a fastest of two minutes 04.08 seconds.
However, this would not be the end as the same problem reoccurred in the handicap race against Jonathan Still, however, this time he decided not to attempt the same feat, but call it a day. Despite his mishaps Manning said that this year is just brilliant.

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