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BARBADOS - rally racing - Rally Barbados
Date June 06, 2006
by TREVOR THORPE
Compliments of the Nation News
SOME RESOLUTE DRIVING, backed by an excellent road crew helped Jamaica's champion driver Gary "The Colonel" Gregg and Hugh Hutchinson, at the wheel of a well-prepared BD Gregg Bros/McEnearney Quality Inc Ford Focus WRC, make off with this year's Rally Barbados title.
After the stewards had re-visited the stage yesterday, and corrected their times, the Jamaicans were declared winners with a total elapsed time of 51 minutes, 57.89 seconds.
Barbadians Paul "The Surfer" Bourne and Louis Venezia in the Warrens Motors/Plus Subaru Impreza WRC, who had been declared provisional winners on Sunday, had to be content with second spot with a total elapsed time of 52 minutes, 2.80 seconds, while the fancied pair of Trevor "Electric Micey" Manning and James Betts in the Simpson Motors/Shell Helix/Automotive Art Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII were declared third-place winners with a total elapsed time of 52 minutes, 5. 11 seconds.
Speaking after the presentation held at the BoatYard, Bay Street, yesterday, Gregg said he enjoyed the rally, but was sorry for Bourne, whom he called his friend.
"No one likes to lose a rally, especially a rally such as Rally Barbados, where the competition is fierce. I knew it would not be easy, so we came prepared. The rally was well-planned and organised, and kudos must go to all those people who helped to make it happen," Gregg said.
He said, too, that special praise must also go to the marshals who had done a fantastic job under the circumstances, especially when there was such a large and diverse field.
Car worked well
Gregg, who at one time lived in Barbados, said his car worked well, thanks to the expertise of veteran technical specialists and former Jamaican champion driver Peter Moodie, Sr.
"We took a decision at the end of Rally Barbados 2005 to prepare the car and get it ready to win Rally Barbados 2006. We sent the engine and transfer box overseas to be toughened. The team at NG Racing spent the remaining months making sure it was ready for the challenge of Rally Barbados and we are happy with the result. Thanks to all my crew," Gregg said.
He added that he and his co-driver would be returning next year to defend the title and would use the upcoming Rally Jamaica in December to begin the process of the title defence.
Englishmen Steve Perez and Neil Dashfield in the VK Vodka Kick Ford Focus WRC grabbed fourth place with a total elapsed time of 53 minutes, 21.63 seconds, while another Barbadian pair, Jonathan Still and Heath Hazel in the Hitachi Power Tools/Philips Lighting/Warrens Motors/Crane & Equipment/VP Racing BMW M3 finished fifth with a time of 55 minutes, 27.65 seconds and took along the group honours for S 13.
Roger "The Ninja" Hill and Graham Gittens, in an excellent display of driving skill, won Modified 8 and placed sixth overall with a total elapsed time of 55 minutes, 44.21 seconds in the Mobil 1/Nassco Ltd/Motormac/PPG Toyota Celica GT4, while Ian 'WeeWee' Warren and Mathew Staffner in the Subzero Services/Details Car Valet Inc Peugeot 206 GTi grabbed the honours at stake for Modified 6 and finished seventh overall.
St Vincent and the Grenadines' former champion driver, Steve Ollivierre, and his son Dominic, in the ECMIL/Empire Cigarettes Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII took the honours at stake in Production 4, after returning a time of 56 minutes, 39.31 seconds and placed eighth overall, while the Linton brothers, Adrian and Jonathan, in the Ravensden/Crane & Equipment/Garbage Gobbler/West Coast Garden Centre/Edwin Clarke Furniture Vauxhall Astra GSi held off determined challenges to win Modified 7 with a time of 56 minutes, 54 seconds and placed ninth overall.
The pair of Barry Gale and Ryan Rodgriguez, driving a well-turned out Dentyne Ice/Simpson Motors/Nishikoi Fish Foods Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI took second spot in Modified 8 behind the pair of Hill and Gittens with a total elapsed time of 57 minutes, 2.46 seconds and rounded off the Top 10.
And for his outstanding all-round performance, Adrian Linton won the 'King Of The Carnival' title.
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