NEWS FROM SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2016.
SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2016 DATES ANNOUNCED.
Record-breaking Sol RB15 “a resounding success”
14 August 2014
Bouyed by the record-breaking world-wide response to this year’s 25th Anniversary of the first running of its International All-Stage Rally in 1990, the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) has today (August 14) announced the dates for next year. Sol Rally Barbados 2016 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 3-5, with Scrutineering and King of the Hill the previous weekend, May 28/29. On-line entries will open on the official web site – www.rallybarbados.net – on October 1.
Sol RB16 Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “We have made representations to the island’s governing body, the Barbados Motoring Federation, regarding the early release of our dates before the ratified BMF calendar is published, so we can give our many long-term supporters time to prepare. As we found this year, however, it is not only our return visitors that we need to consider.
“Even given the event’s recent history, the major surprise for Sol RB15 was a huge increase in interest from International crews, which helped make the event a resounding success. On-line entries had levelled out at around 40 up to 2014, but we had 57 International entries posted this year; notwithstanding the loss of some entrants to a variety of issues including budget, family illness and work commitments, we are delighted to see that Sol Rally Barbados remains on the ‘bucket lists’ of so many competitors as a must-do event. From our perspective, it is a massive and well-deserved tribute to our volunteer marshals and officials, who help us stage an event which measures up to world-class standards.”
From small beginnings as the International All-Stage Rally in 1990, the BRC’s premier event has grown into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a key National Event on the island’s sports-tourism calendar; it contributes around Bds $4 million to the economy each year, much of it in foreign exchange, accounting for up to 4,000 visitor nights at a traditionally quiet time.
After the most competitive event in recent memory, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton (Ford Focus WRC06) claimed his second win, leading an overseas lock-out of the Sol RB15 podium – only the second time since 1990 that there were no Bajans in the top three – as he beat double European Champion, Martinique’s Simon Jean-Joseph, by 2.09 seconds, with the 2012 & ‘13 winner, former UK Rally Champion Paul Bird, third, both in Focus WRC08s.
As the BRC celebrated the event’s 25th Anniversary in record-breaking style, huge crowds turned out, particularly at the Friday evening Start and Sunday SuperSpecial at Bushy Park Barbados in the south-eastern parish of St Philip and again at Saturday’s LIME/Banks/Automotive Art Party Stage at the Vaucluse Raceway in the central parish of St Thomas.
Among the records broken were the number of overseas crews entered (45, of 91 starters), individual overseas participants (89), first-time overseas participants (43), the longest journey by a competing crew (28,650kms round trip from New Zealand) and the largest group from a British rally club (30, from the Worksop & District Motor Club).
Combining the 2015 statistics with those of previous years, the event has now hosted more than 420 different overseas participants, who have travelled from nearly 30 countries. The biggest competitor base remains the UK and Ireland, but the event has also attracted competitors from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States, as well as mainland Europe.
Sol Rally Barbados is a two-day tarmac rally, with around 22 special stages run on the island’s intricate network of public roads, under road closure orders granted by the Ministry of Transport & Works; the previous Sunday’s King of the Hill ‘shakedown’, run under a similar arrangement, features four timed runs on a roughly three-kilometre stage, the results of which are used to seed the running order for the main event.
Sol Rally Barbados and King of the Hill are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2017; Sol RB16 marks the ninth year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company.
web sites: www.rallybarbados.net; www.barbadosrallyclub.com
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1990 to 2015
2015 Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM, Ford Focus WRC06, 1h 00m 59.71s
2014 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia, Subaru Impreza WRC S12, 1h 12m 24.12s
2013 Paul Bird – ENG/Aled Davies – WAL, Ford Focus WRC08, 1h 00m 31.75s
2012 Paul Bird – ENG/Kirsty Riddick – SCO, Ford Focus WRC08, 1h 02m 50.60s
2011 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia, Subaru Impreza WRC S12, 1h 05m 51.95s
2010 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia, Subaru Impreza WRC S12, 1h 01m 07.57s
2009 Kris Meeke – NIR/Paul Nagle – NIR, Subaru Impreza WRC S9, 55m 11.84s
2008 Kris Meeke – NIR/Paul Nagle – NIR, Toyota Corolla WRC, 1h 00m 00.06s
2007 Paul Bourne/Stuart Maloney, Subaru Impreza WRC S9, 57m 34.36s
2006 Gary Gregg – JAM/Hugh Hutchinson – JAM, Ford Focus WRC02, 51m 57.89s
2005 Roger Mayers/Max Ferri, Ford Focus WRC, 58m 46.99s
2004 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Ford Escort WRC, 1h 03m 04.48s
2003 Paul Bourne/Louis Venezia, Subaru Impreza WRC, 1h 21m 05.43s
International All-Stage Rally
2002 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Ford Escort WRC, 1h 16m 49.80s
2001 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Ford Escort Cosworth, 37m 53.21s
2000 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Ford Escort Cosworth, 43m 57s
1999 Trevor Manning/Michael Ward, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V, 1h 03m 14s
1998 Jeffrey Panton – JAM/John de Mercado – JAM, Toyota Celica GT4, 51m 15s
1997 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Peugeot 306 S16, 55m 55s
1996 Kenny McKinstry – NIR/Sean Gill, Ford Escort RS2000, 37m 02s
1995 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Peugeot 205GTi, 37m 04s
1994 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Peugeot 205GTi, 38m 55s
1993 Kenny McKinstry – NIR/Robbie Philpott – NIR, Subaru Legacy RS, 43m 24s
1992 Roger Skeete/Dave Crawford – ENG, Peugeot 205GTi, 24m 26s
1991 Roger Skeete/Roger Fields, Peugeot 205GTi, 15m 46s
1990 Roger Skeete/Charmaine Skeete, Peugeot 205GTi, 16m 08s
King of the Hill
2015 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia, Subaru Impreza WRC S12, 3m 01.54s
2014 Paul Bird – ENG/Aled Davies – WAL, Ford Focus WRC08, 1m 57.68s
2013 Neil Armstrong/Barry Ward, Suzuki SX4 WRC, 1m 16.73s
2012 Paul Bird – ENG/Kirsty Riddick – SCO, Ford Focus WRC08, 1m 49.18s
2011 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia, Subaru Impreza WRC S12, 1m 56.44s
2010 Paul Bourne/Stuart Maloney, Ford Focus WRC07, 2m 00.16s
2009 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia, Subaru Impreza WRC S12, 1m 50.95s
2008 Paul Bourne/Stuart Maloney, Subaru Impreza WRC S9, 1m 13.02s
Key to nationalities (unless shown, competitor is from Barbados):
ENG – England; JAM – Jamaica; NIR – Northern Ireland; SCO – Scotland; WAL – Wales
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