by CLIFTON HENRY
FURTHER COOPERATION between Barbados and Jamaica in motorsport has the
potential to realise the long-mooted Caribbean rallying championship.
That was the suggestion of chairman of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring
Club Errol Anderson, in an interview with the WEEKEND SPORT moments after
the recent presentation of prizes for the 2005 Jamaica Millennium Motoring
Club's Petcom All Stages Rally.
"A Caribbean rally championship has always been bandied about. But
I know that sometimes the difficulty is the time it takes to ship a car
from here to there and to get it back. That makes it maybe two, two-and-a-half
months, to be able to compete locally. And you might be someone who wants
to compete for a local championship. So that brings something different
to the table," he said.
Anderson noted however, that with Barbados and Jamaica annually trading
entries, prizes could be presented at year-end on the basis of points
accumulated for the twin rally championships of Barbados and Jamaica "and
see where it goes from there".
The rally boss said it would be a good start on which to expand across
the region. He noted it would be vital to attract significant sponsorship
and to get several commercial interests involved in the initiative.
Anderson described this year's rally as a success and said it was pleasing
to see the number of Barbadian entries and fans increasing every year.
He said his association would like to find more stages.
"With all that is being said about sugar in the Caribbean, if the
sugar estates go down and they are not replaced with anything that will
use all these roads, and the roads go to pot, then we are going to have
a real hard time getting a lot more stages. And that is a challenge we
face," he added.
Rally Barbados 2005
Compliments of the Barbados
Web Posted - Wed Jun 01 2005
By Corey Greaves
official, Roger Mayers and Max Ferri were crowned the champions of Rally
Barbados 2005, the biggest motor sport event in the Caribbean.
At the well attended awards presentation held at the Boatyard
on Monday, Mayers and Ferri were declared the winners with a total elasped
time of 58 minutes 46.99 seconds.
Mayers and Ferri in the Trivial Pursuit/McEnearney Quality
Ford Focus WRC had to wait 12 months before they could finally claim victory
after leading Day One of the 2004 Rally Barbados and unable to make it
to Day Two despite a comfortable lead on his rivals.
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. < Read more>
Manning reclaims RallySprint lap recordÛ
Web Posted - Tue May 24 2005
By Corey Greaves
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.