Ireland’s Ronan Curley nearly missed Tuesday’s (May 8) trans-Atlantic Geest Line voyage from Portsmouth, as a last-minute gearbox problem threatened to ruin his plans to compete in Sol Rally Barbados 2012 (June 9/10) . . . and he has fellow-competitor Samuel Kelso and Ford Escort specialists Den Motorsport to thank that it didn’t.

Kenyans Rommy Bamrah and Harvey Jutley are shortly to make the 17,000-mile round trip from hometown Nairobi to Sol Rally Barbados 2012 (June 9/10) for their first-ever tarmac rally together, and the driver¹s first event outside Kenya. They will miss two local events, but were not going to turn down the chance to replace Harvey¹s UK-based

Rallying the familiar Subaru Impreza WRC S12 in its new livery for the first time, Roger Skeete and Louis Venezia won the Barbados Rally Club¹s (BRC) Valvoline Shakedown Stages on Sunday (May 6) by just under 10 seconds from Trinidad¹s John Powell. On a day of changing fortunes, Skeete won four of the 10 stages, Powell and last year¹s winner