PANTON, FENNELL TOP SEEDS FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS

Thursday, 30th May 2019

Near-record entry list for 30th running of BRC’s premier event Following their fourth consecutive victory in Flow King of the Hill at its new location of Stewart’s Hill last Sunday, Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennell Jnr are top seeds for the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. The entry list of 98 cars for Sol Rally Barbados 2019 - one shy of the 2012 record of 99 starters – was published by the BRC at last evening’s (Wednesday) Briefing Meeting at Mahogany Ridge, St Thomas. Panton and Fennell (Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06) will lead the field in to tomorrow’s (Friday) three 6.25-kilometre stages from Golden Grove to the spectacular floodlit arena of Bushy Park, the toughest challenge since the the opening night-time stages were added in 2014; at 18.75km, they account for 15 per cent of the total distance and could play a major role in the outcome of the event. Having lost out by 12/100ths to the Jamaican crew on Sunday’s final run, England’s Rob Swann and Steve McNulty (Elegant Hotels/Blue Sky Luxury/RA Swann Ltd Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) will start at two, with the hopes of island fans riding on the potential of Dane Skeete and Tyler Mayhew, seeded at three in the Sol/CO Williams Sand & Lime/Automotive Art Impreza S12B. The third and final overseas crew in the top 10 – there were six last year, seven in 2015 – are Britain’s Kevin Procter and Patrick Walsh (Procters Coaches/Swift Signs & Shirts Ford Fiesta). Roger Mayers and Sean Corbin (Chefette/Rubis/Hankook/Sign Depot Toyota WR Starlet) will start at five, the highest position for the top 2wd seed since KotH was first used as the basis for seeding 11 years ago; Mayers already held the previous record – sixth, in Sol RB13 – and will be joined in the top 10 by three more 2wd cars, Rhett Watson and Bradley Weekes (Chefette/Gliptone/Stihl/Leafy Organics/Gunk/Power King Batteries/Bajan Pure Water/Its Barbados BMW M3) in seventh, Barry Mayers and Ben Norris (Chefette/Rubis/Hankook/Sign Depot Ford Fiesta) eighth and Group B front-runners Andrew Jones and Lindsey Pilkington (Herr’s/Lucozade/AP Jones Pharmacy/Southern Surf Beach Apartments Ford Escort MkII) in 10th. The top two in the new Modified 4 class fill numbers six and nine respectively - Roger Hill and Graham Gittens (Esso/Nassco/Pennzoil/MaxMeyer Paints/MotorMac Toyota Corolla WRC), Mark Thompson and Kurt Seabra (Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio Beauty/Automotive Art/SLAM 101.1FM Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) – while the top seed in the new FIA R5 class starts at 11, Britain’s Tom Preston and Carl Williamson in the R5 Hippo Motor Group Skoda Fabia. In addition to the battle for overall and 2wd supremacy, there are 12 contested classes, in nearly all of which island competitors will enjoy the challenge of pitting their skills against regional or international entries, or both. With a total special stage distance of 124.67 kilometres and the return of popular vantage points, such as the Vaucluse 90 on Saturday and Kendal Duck Pond and Malvern Wall on Sunday, there is much for competitors and spectators to look forward to. After tomorrow’s three stages at Bushy Park, there will be 10 stages at three venues on Saturday and a further 10 at four venues on Sunday, culminating in the SuperSpecial at the Vaucluse Raceway at around 3.15pm. While this will not count toward the rally result, there will be class awards and competitors must start it to be considered overall finishers. Once completed, competitors will head for the main spectator area, where fans and service crew will already have gathered for a well-deserved after-party. Sol Rally Barbados 2019 statistics: • 98 crews on the final running order (second highest total to 99 in Sol RB12) • 44 overseas entries • 78 overseas drivers and co-drivers, 19 new to the event • 54 local entries (the highest since 61 in Sol RB13) • 21 female competitors, one driver, 20 co-drivers • cars from 16 manufacturers, BMW best-represented with 23, followed by Ford (22) and Toyota (13), with the rest in single figures Sol Rally Barbados (May 31-June 2) and Flow King of the Hill (May 26) are organised and promoted by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017. Title sponsors: The Sol Group and Flow. Major partners: Automotive Art, Banks, Chefette, Sagicor and Simpson Motors. Partners: Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Geest Line, MQI, R L Seale & Co Ltd, Stoute’s Car Rental and the Tourism Development Corporation For media information only. No regulatory value. For further media information: e-mail - robin@bradfax.com web sites: www.rallybarbados.bb; www.barbadosrallyclub.com Sol RB19-27a: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 29, 2019 SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2019 Final running order at May 29, 2019 Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): CAN – Canada; ENG – England; GUY – Guyana; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; JER – Jersey; NIR – Northern Ireland; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; T&T – Trinidad & Tobago; TCI – Turks & Caicos; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales no driver/co-driver (class/sponsors/car) 1 Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (WRC Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06) 2 Rob Swann – ENG/Steve McNulty - ENG (WRC Elegant Hotels/Blue Sky Luxury/RA Swann Ltd Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) 3 Dane Skeete/Tyler Mayhew (WRC Sol/CO Williams Sand & Lime/Automotive Art Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) 4 Kevin Procter – ENG/Patrick Walsh - WAL (WRC Procters Coaches/Swift Signs & Shirts Ford Fiesta) 5 Roger Mayers/Sean Corbin (SM2 Chefette/Rubis/Hankook/Sign Depot Toyota WR Starlet) 6 Roger Hill/Graham Gittens (M4 Esso/Nassco/Pennzoil/MaxMeyer Paints/MotorMac Toyota Corolla WRC) 7 Rhett Watson/Bradley Weekes (SM2 Chefette/Gliptone/Stihl/Leafy Organics/Gunk/Power King Batteries/Bajan Pure Water/Its Barbados BMW M3) 8 Barry Mayers/Ben Norris (SM2 Chefette/Rubis/Hankook/Sign Depot Ford Fiesta) 9 Mark Thompson/Kurt Seabra - GUY (M4 Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio Beauty/Automotive Art/SLAM 101.1FM Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) 10 Andrew Jones/Lindsey Pilkington (F) – ENG (GpB1 Herr’s/Lucozade/AP Jones Pharmacy/Southern Surf Beach Apartments Ford Escort MkII) 11 Tom Preston - ENG/Carl Williamson – WAL (FIA R5 Hippo Motor Group Skoda Fabia R5) 12 Nigel Worswick – ENG/Sophie Louise Buckland (F) - ENG (M4 Ullyetts Machine Shop Service/Rallytech Composites/Worswick Engineering/Rockwell Automation Ford Escort WRC) 14 Avinash Chatrani/Andrew Skeete (M4 Lenovo/PowerBass/Gunk/iShop Barbados/Genius Lynk/Axe Solutions Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI) 15 Andy Scott - SCO/Laura Connell (F) - SCO (FIA R5 Rock Oil/Motis/Teng Tools/Rostrum Sportswear/Billfisher III Ford Fiesta R5) 16 David Coelho – T&T/Barry Ward (FIA R5 Subway Ford Fiesta R5) 17 Logan Watson/Andrew Croney (M3 Leafy Organics/Cargo BGI/Luxe Caribbean Properties/Stihl/It’s Barbados/Sign Depot/Bajan Pure Water BMW M3) 18 Graham Coffey – ENG/Jack Morton - ENG (WRC Graham Coffey Solicitors Ford Fiesta) 19 Roger Duckworth – ENG/Mark Broomfield - ENG (WRC Technia Subaru Impreza WRC S6) 20 Barry Groundwater – SCO/Mike Hendry - SCO (M4 Groundwater Lift Trucks Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) 21 Stuart Maloney/Justin Maloney (SM2 Sign Station/Rock Hard Cement Citroen C2) 22 Roger Skeete/Tammy Lashley (F) (SM2 Sol/Automotive Art Peugeot 306 Maxi) 23 Andrew Mallalieu/Geoff Goddard (M4 Terra Caribbean Subaru Impreza) 24 Justin Campbell/Ayrton Bannister (M3 Republic Bank/Automotive Art/Five Star Fast Track/Hilti/Sign Station/Dream Solutions/Standford Industries/CRT BMW M3) 25 Stan Hartling - CAN/Jeremy Croney (M3 Bambarra Rum BMW M3) 26 Kurt Thompson/Adam Straker (SM2 Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty/King Ocean Shipping/Slam 101.1FM Honda Civic) 27 Alex Allingham - ENG/Ross Weir - WAL (H2 HJ Weir Engineering/Weir Laundry Equipment/Wecotec Laundry Equipment Ford Escort MkII) 28 Darryl Morris – JER/Steve Gully – JER (SM2 Morris Marine & Motors/Fetch & Karrie/Ace Engineering/Eco Blast Media Blasting Ford Escort MkII) 29 Owen Cumberbatch/Kelly-Ann Sandiford (F) (M3 Bird Wrecker Services BMW M3) 30 Greg Cozier/Natasha Farnum (F) (H2 Barbados Historic Rally Carnival/Geest Line Ford Escort RS) 31 Steve Finch - ENG/Sam Fordham - ENG (SM2 Ford Escort MkII) 32 Pete Rayner - ENG/Ashley Trimble – IRL (SM2 S R Motorworks Ford Escort MkII) 33 Fraser Louden – SCO/Jane Nicol (F) - SCO (WRC EV Offshore/DC Garage Services/Ord Motors Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Proto) 34 David St Hill/Ian Grimes (M3 Tropical Touch/Solar & Wind Energy Solutions/Charles Doc Inc/St Hill & Sons Garage BMW M3) 35 Jamal Brathwaite/Dario Hoyte (M2 Valvoline/Automotive Art/Consumers Guarantee Insurance/Caribbean Auto Glass/TEC Barbados/Stylz Auto Spa/Chicken Pen Racing/JSB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R) 36 Mark Kinch/Andrew Peirce (M3 Guava Tech/Mark Kinch Motorsport BMW M3) 37 Martin Stockdale - ENG/Emma Morrison (F) - ENG (SM2 Divi Southwinds Beach Resort/Drive-a-Matic/Canems Engine Management/Quarry Motors BMW 1M Coupe) 38 Jeremy Gonsalves/Orry Hunte (SM1 Sign Depot/Guava Tech/Valvoline/Makita/In Gear Auto/John Hardman Engineering Opel Corsa) 39 Jonathan Still/Heath Hazell (GpB1 Seawell Automotive/Sharkey’s Bar/Suga Apple Swimwear BMW M3) 40 Paul Horton - TCI/Kristian Yearwood (M2 Java Island/Sky Motorsports/H Racing/Arbikie Highland Estate Citroen DS 3 R3 MAX) 41 Neil Corbin/Matthew Staffner (SM1 Nassco/Jason Jones/Valvoline/Sun General Insurance/Auto Solutions/Emtage Electric Toyota Starlet) 42 Peter Gallagher – IRL/Rene Forde (M4 Dublin Crystal/Peter Green Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI) 43 Edward Corbin/Johnathan Alleyne (M1 Valvoline/Hilti/Cargo BGI Daihatsu Charmant) 44 George Sherman - USA/Anthony Sherman - USA (M4 Subway/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) 45 Damian Pratts – ENG/Jonny Tad Evans – WAL (SM2 Tsalta Motorsport Ford Escort MkII) 46 Richard Seal – ENG/Kareem Gaskin (SM2 R J Seal Ford Escort MkII) 47 Wayne Archer/Moishe Steinbok (M1 Archers Hall Design Centre/Arrow Construction/Arrow Woodworking/RW Water/D & A Air Conditioning Peugeot 206) 48 Chris Ullyett/Chantal Ullyett (F) - CAN (M2 Proj-Rx Inc/Ullyett's Machine Shop/RadComm Ford Escort RS2000) 49 Gary Thomas – WAL/Linda Thomas (F) – WAL (SM2 Tsalta Motorsport Ford Escort MkII) 50 Derek Edwards/Damien Johnson (M3 Park & Fly/Seawell Fitness Centre/D & A Air Conditioning/Arrow Woodworking BMW M3 Compact) 51 Kenny Hall - SCO/Fenny Wesselink (F) – NED (M1 Halltune Garage Ford Puma S1600) 52 Andrew Costin-Hurley - ENG/Rob Brook – ENG (GpB2 Clubman Motorsport/Earl’s Performance Hoses/KB Tyres/Trumbles Guest House Ford Puma Cosworth) 53 Sammy Cumberbatch/Andre Jordan (SM2 Castrol/Trini Doubles/Hilti/SC Auto Mechanics BMW M3) 54 Jermin Pope/Aaron Kirton (M1 Glassesco/PEG Farms/Good Time Snacks Honda Civic) 55 Jason Harewood/Shawn Eversley (SM1 Starboy Performance/Mark’s Auto Spares/Image Vault/SDRR Toyota Starlet) 56 Chris Shooter - ENG/Bev LeGood (F) – ENG (H2 Sparrow Hill Cars Ford Escort MkII) 57 Paul Inniss/Jamar Haynes (M1 JJ Racing Team/Caribbean Villa Chefs/Castrol/Brydens Insurance/Kings Tavern/Byers Catering/Huntes Auto Spares/Dewalt powered by ESSCO Honda Civic) 58 Peter Thompson/Ron Greaves (M3 Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty BMW M3 Compact) 59 Dick Mauger – ENG/James Harris - ENG (M4 Major Farm Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) 60 Benjamin Hartling – CAN/Dwayne Forde (M1 The Hartling Group Citroen C2 R2 MAX) 61 Harold Morley - ENG/Terry Hamilton (F) – JAM (H2 Timeline Auto Products/Bajanloveshop.com Porsche 911RSR) 62 Ian Warren/Robert Warren (C2 West Lake/Benthams Farm & Garden/Guava Tech BimmaCup) 63 Joe McQuillan – NIR/Allister Nurse (M4 Masserene Park Farms/McQ Solar & Renewables Subaru Impreza) 64 Calvin Briggs/Tiffani Bannister (F) (GpB1 Massy Realty/Kensington Mall/Flying Bell Racing/The Dome Mall/Sirrom SLD/OS Creations/Tallest 246 Wrecker Services Ford Sierra) 65 Graham Haigh – ENG/Kari Bates (F) – ENG (SM2 G Haigh & Sons/Tanfield Engineering Services/Army Sales Ford Escort MkII) 66 Shareef Walcott/Jan-Yves Hinds (M1 Lil Griff’s Maintenance & Freighting Services/Melwani’s/Tint Plus/BizNeedz/Dynamic Auto Imports/MC LED Toyota Corolla) 67 Mark Huggins/Stephen Bell (GpB1 Mark’s Auto Spares/General Distributors Daihatsu Charmant) 68 Stuart Garcia/Rasheed Smith (C2 Kirba Inc/Intelligent Defence Systems/Zaccios/Four & Twenty Bakery/Smith’s Engineering Works BimmaCup) 69 Allan Kinch/Kyle Proverbs (C2 Bajan All the Way! BimmaCup) 70 Pierre Beswick – TCI/Leslie Evanson (F) (M1 Grace Bay Car Rentals/Hartling Luxury Resorts/Sky Motorsports Citroen C2 R2 MAX) 71 Chris Surman - ENG/Zowie Boiston (F) - ENG (M4 Warmstyle Property Subaru Impreza) 72 Kevin Flanagan – IRL/Vanessa Hamilton (F) – SCO (SM1 Flanagan Services/Lloyds Auto Centre Mini Cooper S) 73 Dominic Linton/Adrian Linton (SM2 Ravensden/JAD Performance Vauxhall Astra) 74 Paul Rees - WAL/Paul Briggs - ENG (M1 Coconut Court Hotel Vauxhall Astra GTE) 75 Winston Thompson/Troy Toppin (SM1 Chicken Pen Racing/Ellesmere Quarries/BCR Car Rental/Seawell Automotive Centre Toyota Starlet) 76 Luke Cozier/Ben Da Silva (C2 Perkins & Sons/Innotech Equipment/Brake Pro BimmaCup) 77 Stuart Deeley - ENG/Gareth Parry - WAL (M4 Sandstone Brewery Toyota Celica GT4) 78 Spencer Hutchinson/Gayle Hutchinson (F) (C2 MotorsportToolKits.co.uk BimmaCup) 79 John Carroll – ENG/Trevor Mapp (M2 JJCAL Construction Consultants Honda Civic Type-R) 80 Russell Smith - ENG/Rashid Phillips (C2 Zero Down/Kirba Inc/Jade Telecom/Dark Horse Racing BimmaCup) 81 Randy Reid/Romario Reid (GpB1 Chef in the Box/Transplus/Dynamic Auto Imports Toyota Corolla) 82 Kenny Cumberbatch/Kevin Cumberbatch (GpB1 BMW M3) 83 Kevin Armstrong/Damian Costillo-Marshall (M1 Armstrong Auto/Décor Divas/The WoW Factor Toyota Corolla) 84 Kevin Wiggins/Darren Lashley (SM1 Johnson’s Auto/Zak Auto Parts/Dynamic Auto Imports/Therapy Partners Toyota Starlet) 85 Niall Inglis – SCO/Kevin Macintosh - SCO (SM1 Kenny’s Garage/Loch Dunvegan Shellfish/Inglis Build/Isle Drive/Inglis Mechanical Services Vauxhall Nova RWD) 86 Philip Moe/Adrian Gittens (SM1 Mitasu Oils/Marks Auto Spares/Tropical Sunset Beach Hotel Toyota Corolla) 87 Nick Marshall - NZL/Declan Dear - ENG (SM1 Window Factory Peugeot 106 Maxi) 88 Pierre Clarke/Ezra Gibbs (M1 SDRR Hydrualics & Industrial Spares Honda Civic) 89 John Corbin/Owen Proverbs (H2 Valvoline/Hilti Toyota Corolla) 90 Jason Tull/Ramon Corbin (C1 Jay-T’s/CA Autobody Repairs/Devon Star/Dominus PHD/CST Tyres/Computech Solutions Peugeot 106 Rallye S2) 91 Ryan O Wood/Shaquille O’Brian Mayers (SM1 Ruff Punch/Exceptional Plumbing Services/Lucas Oil/BizNeedz/MB Auto City Toyota Starlet) 92 Chris Hoad/Jason O’Neal (C2 Subway/West Lake/Guava Tech BimmaCup) 93 Shon Cummins/Damian Sealy (M3 Fusionz Boutique/Mark's Auto Spares/CellHut/Paints Plus/Recession Tyres BMW 328) 94 Fabien Clarke/Arlington Hoyte (C1 RCR Tours/Bovell Auto Repair Suzuki Ignis Sport) 95 Samuel Hartling - CAN/Kevin-Jon Manning (M2 The Hartling Group BMW 318ti Compact) 96 Edward Perry – ENG/Kyle Gill (M1 adhoc Industries/Chicken Stop Inc Mitsubishi Colt) 97 John Macleod – SCO/Nikki Addison (F) - SCO (SM1 Springfield Motors/Skye Lodges/Macleod Joinery/Bayview Garage/A Robertson Electrical Talbot Sunbeam) 98 George Morrison – SCO/Jon Quintrell - ENG (C1 British Army Motorsport/BAMA/Odyssey Batteries/Lifeline Safety Systems/Tintinit MG ZR) 99 Cheryl Spencer - ENG/Barry Spencer (F) - ENG (M2 Dover Beach Hotel/Waterfront Accident Repair/Marco Polo Bar & Grill/Byngs Autos/Happy Days Café/Scoopies Jazz Bar/Prestige Bodyshop/Allcars Vauxhall Astra) For media information only. 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