Shell V-Power ‘King of the Hill’ event in Barbados – Sunday 24th May
In front of thousands of fans gathered at Stewarts Hill in St Philip, Barbados on Sunday, Kick Energy rally driver Steve Perez powered to a fine fourth place at the Shell V-Power ‘King of the Hill’, which was the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) final shakedown before the Caribbean’s biggest annual motorsport event, Sol Rally Barbados 2009, next weekend (May 29-31).
Despite two heavy morning showers, the three-kilometre stage was lined with spectators whereby the Chesterfield driver in the Ford Focus WRC 05 got his week underway by finishing fourth overall and best foreign driver behind Roger Skeete (Subaru), Paul Bourne (Subaru) and Roger Hill (Toyota Corolla) as nearly ninety cars contested the event.
Commenting after the event, Steve said: “We finished fourth again, I’ve finished fourth a lot of times on this rally! But we were the top foreign crew so I’m very pleased with that as it’s very hard to beat the locals around here. Our runs were good and we were getting faster every time, I’m very pleased with the car. I’m really up for the rally next week now, and we hope to improve on that fourth place!”
1st Roger Skeete (Subaru Impreza WRC S12), 1m 50.95s
2nd Paul Bourne (Subaru Impreza WRC S9), 1m 52.84s
3rd Roger Hill (Toyota Corolla WRC), 1m 53.97s
4th Steve Perez – ENG (Ford Focus WRC05), 1m 55.44s
5th Jeffrey Panton – JAM (Ford Focus WRC), 1m 56.75s
6th Kevin Procter – ENG (Subaru Impreza WRC S7), 1m 56.93s
7th Barry Gale (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI), 1m 58.12s
8th Trevor Manning (Ford Escort WRC), 1m 58.36s
9th Ian Warren (Suzuki Swift), 1m 58.91s
10th Cliff Roett (Toyota Starlet), 1m 59.13s
Picture courtesy of Carlin Gerbich
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