A record 101 crews from 15 nations are listed on the final running order for this weekend’s Sol Rally Barbados, the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International. Based on the results of last Sunday’s Sol Go Further/Scotiabank King of the Hill, the seeding was published by the Barbados Rally Club today (June 6), in advance of this evening’s Briefing Meeting and Welcome Party.

From Saturday’s opening stage in the north of the island to the climax of day two, the 7.8-kilometre Power Stage between Stewart’s Hill and Padmore Village, competitors will face 22 closed-road tarmac special stages and a total stage distance of a little over 120 kilometres.

At 9.30am on Saturday, England’s Paul Bird and Scottish co-driver Kirsty Riddick will pull out of the Greenland Agricultural Station carrying start number one on the Frank Bird Poultry/Fuchs-Silkolene Ford Focus WRC08. They will be followed by the most successful driver in the 22-year history of the island’s premier event, 12-time winner Roger Skeete, co-driven in the Sol/Michelin/Da Costa Mannings Auto Centre/Simpson Motors Subaru Impreza WRC S12 by Louis Venezia.

The leading regional crews are next: Trinidad’s John Powell and Nicholas Telfer start at three in the Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services/FT Farfan/Shell Impreza WRC S14, with Jamaica’s Jeff Panton and Mike Fennell Jnr (Focus WRC06) at four. Local crew Sean Gill and Michael Cummins (Simpson Motors/Shell V-Power/Automotive Art/Monster Energy Drink Suzuki SX4 WRC) complete the top five.

For the second year running, Neil Armstrong and Barry Ward are the top two-wheel-drive seed, starting at eight in the Chefette/Lubriguard/Hankook Tyres/Nassco/Redline Fuels/ARMAG Rentals Toyota Starlet, with Brett and Garry Clarke (Citroen C2 S1600) seeded 10th.

In addition to the battle for overall supremacy, there are no fewer than 14 separate classes to be decided, most of which involve island competitors pitting their skills against either regional or international entries, sometimes both. The entry will be reseeded for the 9.00am restart on Sunday, based on the results of the opening day’s 12 stages.

Sol Rally Barbados 2012 – final running order statistics
+ 101 crews on the final start list
+ competitors from 15 nations (including Barbados)
+ 22 four-wheel-drive cars, including 10 World Rally Cars
+ 64 International drivers or co-drivers – 28 new to the event
+ 10 drivers or co-drivers from the wider Caribbean
+ 12 female competitors, one driver, 11 co-drivers
+ cars from 20 manufacturers led by Ford – 27, Toyota – 19, Subaru – 10 and BMW – 9

How to find Sol RB12 . . . on the internet and on the ground

RallyFM.net will broadcast live commentary, news, information and interim results from 9.30am local time each day of Sol Rally Barbados 2012 . . . and there are now more ways to listen. On a laptop or PC, either go to www.rallyfm.net and click on ‘Listen Live’ or go to www.rallybarbados.bb and click on the RallyFM.net link. To listen via your iPad or mobile phone, go to the Appstore, Android Market or Blackberry App World and download the free App Tunein Radio – then simply search for ‘rallyfm’.

In addition to the improved radio service, regular updates on Sol RB12 will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BarbadosRallyClub) and Twitter (search for #rallybarbados and follow us). For results updates, go to www.rallybarbados.bb and click on the rallyscoring.com link.

On the ground, BajanNav is not only helping Sol RB12 competitors to find special stage starts and other important locations, as last year, but has introduced two new features to enhance its support of the event. The 2012 overlays for John Mann’s BajanNav, the GPS map for Garmin sat navs, now also include suggested vantage points for spectators, plus the Service Parks, as well as the start points of each special stage.

In addition, AccuNav has published an on-line, interactive map showing all the stages and spectator points. Seeing the route on-line allows competitors and spectators to see the whole rally in context, and plan their movements. Furthermore, Barbadians not involved in the rally will be able to see areas to avoid. Go to www.BajanNav.org, where you can find links to the on-line maps and the POI download.

“Last year’s initiative proved popular,” John Mann MBE, CEO of AccuNav Ltd explained. “When you have so many visitors moving around the island in such a short space of time, there is a high chance that some of them will get lost, which is unfortunate because we would like them to watch and enjoy Sol Rally Barbados.”

Sol Rally Barbados 2012 (June 9/10) and Sol Go Further/Scotiabank King of the Hill (June 3) are organised and promoted by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007; title sponsor is the Sol Group. Marketing partners are Simpson Motors, LIME, Automotive Art, Banks and Karcher; official partners are the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, Barbados Tourism Authority, Tourism Development Corporation, Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, Geest Line and Virgin Atlantic Airways; associate sponsors are Chefette, Climate Control, Field Insurance, Glacial Pure, Little Switzerland, Redline Fuels, Scotiabank and Stoute’s Car Rental.

Final running order at June 6, 2012

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown): ARG – Argentina; CDN – Canada; ENG – England; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; KEN – Kenya; NED – The Netherlands; NIR – Northern Ireland; RSA – South Africa; SCO – Scotland; TCI – Turks & Caicos; TRI – Trinidad & Tobago; USA – United States of America; WAL – Wales

1 Paul Bird – ENG/Kirsty Riddick – SCO (M8-WRC Frank Bird Poultry/Fuchs-Silkolene Ford Focus WRC08)
2 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia (M8-WRC Sol/Michelin/Da Costa Mannings Auto Centre/Simpson Motors Subaru Impreza WRC S12)
3 John Powell – TRI/Nicholas Telfer – TRI (M8-WRC Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services/FT Farfan/Shell Subaru Impreza WRC S14)
4 Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (M8-WRC Ford Focus WRC06)
5 Sean Gill/Michael Cummins (M8-WRC Simpson Motors/Shell V-Power/Automotive Art/Monster Energy Drink Suzuki SX4 WRC)
6 Steve Perez – ENG/Paul Spooner – WAL (M8-WRC Kick Energy Drink Ford Focus WRC07)
7 Roger Duckworth – ENG/Aled Davies – WAL (M8-WRC Intrinsys/Kumho Subaru Impreza WRC)
8 Neil Armstrong/Barry Ward (SM10 Chefette/Lubriguard/Hankook Tyres/Nassco/Redline Fuels/ARMAG Rentals Toyota Starlet)
9 Dean Serrao/Josh Delmas (M8-WRC Sugar Ultra Lounge/Rush Restaurant Subaru Impreza WRC S9)
10 Brett Clarke/Garry Clarke (SM10 Citroen C2 S1600)
11 Roger Hill/Graham Gittens (M8-WRC Esso/Nassco/MotorMac Toyota Corolla WRC)
12 Ian Warren/Robert Warren (SM10 Automotive Art/Simpson Motors/Degree Suzuki Swift)
14 Logan Watson/Rhett Watson (SM11 Oreo/Chips Ahoy!/Club Social/Formula1 High Performance Auto Care Products/Liquid Wrench/Sign Depot/The Unknown Entity/In support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3)
15 Geoff Noel/Kreigg Yearwood (P4 Globe Finance/Sentry Insurance Brokers/Cargo Solutions International/Mix 96.9FM/CIAC Air Conditioners Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
16 Stuart Maloney/Trevor Perkins (SM11 Automotive Art/Sign Station/Valvoline Peugeot 306 Maxi)
17 Geoffrey Ullyett/Jason King (GpB Ullyett’s Machine Shop/Algae-X Fuel Conditioner Datsun 200T)
18 Rob Swann – ENG/Darren Garrod – WAL (M8-WRC Waves Hotel and Spa/Revolution Wheels/Terra Caribbean/Digicel/R A Swann Subaru Impreza)
19 Paul Bourne/Megan Bryant (M8-WRC Chefette/LIME/Slam 101/MQI/Banks/Castrol Ford Focus WRC07)
20 Josh Read/Mark Jordan (SM10 Stihl/Gliptone/Hankook/EZone/Weetabix/SDRR/Royal Purple Toyota Starlet)
21 Sammy Cumberbatch/Nicholas Yarde (SM11 LIME/F Taylor Associates/Castrol BMW M3)
22 Mark Hamilton/Clive Howell (P4 CIBC-FCIB/Simpson Motors/MAXI Malta/PowerMaster/Boston Seasoning/Automotive Art Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
23 Avinash Chatrani/Martin Goddard (M8-A Electric Avenue/Hankook/Solder Seal Gunk/Niagra Water/Sign Station Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
24 Martin Donnelly – IRL/Colin Fitzgerald – IRL (P4 Eire Concrete Inc Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
25 Andrew Mallalieu/Aled Edwards – WAL (P4 Terra Caribbean Subaru Impreza N10)
26 Stuart Johnson – TRI/Chris Hoad (P4 Mitco Water Laboratories Subaru Impreza N12)
27 Joe McQuillan – NIR/Neill Finlay – NIR (M8-A Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII)
28 Tom Roberts – ENG/Nicky Marriott – ENG (M8-A Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
29 Roger Mayers/Barry Mayers (SM9 Chefette/Digicel/Delaware Dispensary/Illusion Graphics/Barbados Today WR Starlet)
30 Cliff Roett/Joshua Plaza – TRI (SM10 Lucky Horseshoe/Paulo’s Churrasco Do Brazil/Marks Auto Spares Toyota Starlet)
31 James Betts/Geoff Goddard (SM11 Quikstart Auto/Makita Tools/Star Products/barbadostoday.bb/Champion Auto Wrecker Services Renault Clio)
32 Graham Manning/Mick Squires – ENG (SM11 Aqua Pur Ford Escort MkII)
33 Andrew Jones/Kurt Ward (GpB AP Jones Pharmacy/Panadol/Lucozade Ford Escort MkII)
34 Owen Cumberbatch/Randy Reid (SM11 BMW M3)
35 Daryl Clarke/Russell Brancker (M7 Ellco Rentals/Mom’s Pasta Products/MQI/Roberts Manufacturing Honda Civic)
36 Raymond Conlon – IRL/Darren McCague – IRL (SM10 Conlon Travel/Gribben Plumbing/Clones Shavings/Skelton Travel Toyota Corolla)
37 Andrew Siddall – ENG/Carl Williamson – WAL (Historic Siddall and Hilton Ford Escort MkI)
38 Adrian Linton/Jonathan Linton (M7 Ravensden/Barbados Yellow Pages/JAD Performance/Garbage Gobbler/Innovative Security Solutions Vauxhall Astra SRi)
39 Ralph White/Joe Troulan (SM10 Barbados Villa Services/Island Safari/Amsoil Toyota Starlet)
40 Nigel Worswick – ENG/Lindsey Pilkington – ENG (SM11 Worswick Engineering Ford Escort MkII)
41 Alex Whitehead/Brian Hurley (SM11 AM Electrical Solutions/Sign Station BMW 328i)
42 Brian Gill/Heath Hazell (SM11 Coca Cola BMW M3)
43 Martin Stockdale – ENG/Mark Swallow – ENG (SM11 Divi Southwinds/Drive-a-Matic/Quarry Motors BMW M3 Compact)
44 St Elmo Cumberbatch/Kevin Cumberbatch (SM11 Carib Supply/F Taylor Associates BMW E36)
45 Ronan Curley – IRL/John McKinley – IRL (SM11 NIIB Finance/Premier Car Parts Ford Escort RS)
46 Martin Atwell/Chris King (SM11 BMW M3)
47 Neil Corbin/Matthew Staffner (M6 Nassco/Jason Jones/Auto Solutions/Castrol Toyota Starlet)
48 Tim Pearcey – ENG/Neil Shanks – SCO (Historic Willowgreen Homes/Ravenol/Dunlop Ford Escort RS1800)
49 Geoff Bell – RSA/Michael Worme (Historic Kick Energy Drink Ford Escort RS1800)
50 Gary Thomas – WAL/Phil Ralphs – WAL (Club-Hist Tsalta Motorsport/Cambrian Garages/Cambrian Land Rover Ford Escort MkII)
51 Jeremy Sisnett/Justin Sisnett (M7 Ford Fiesta)
52 Nigel Reece/David Reece (Club-Hist Subzero Services/IGM Air Conditioners/Ullyetts Machine Shop Service/Valvoline/Gatorade/Frito-Lay/Trident International Ford Escort MkI)
53 Carlos Edwards/Andre Waithe (SM9 Courts I-Finance/Enermax Toyota Starlet)
54 Frans Verbaas – NED/Carina van Westen – NED (GpB Mini Cooper S)
55 Greg Cozier/Andrew Croney (Club-Hist Hyundai Lubricants Ford Escort MkII)
56 Harold Morley – ENG/Mark Nelson – JAM (GpB Ontrac Systems Barbados Porsche RSR GT3 Rally)
57 Stuart White/Jason O’Neal (Club-Hist BMW 325)
58 John Hardman – NIR/Shaun Buckley – WAL (Club-Hist John Hardman Engineering/Ian Rodgers Bodyshop/AVO UK/PEC Tyres/Star Products/All Terrain/Chicken Pen Racing/Carole’s Cakes/Brian Hardman Builders/DTA Engine Management Systems Ford Escort MkII)
59 Allan Mackay – SCO/Mo Downey – NIR (SM10 Avanti Environmental/Highland Waste Services/M Greer Motorsport/TT Graphics Ford Anglia WRC)
60 Conor McMeel – NIR/Sean Devlin – NIR (SM10 Ford Escort MkII)
61 Rommy Bamrah – KEN/Harvey Jutley – KEN (SM10 British Airways/RS Jutley Medicals/Rockplant Hitachi Ford Escort MkI)
62 Stan Hartling – TCI/Andy Proudfoot – CDN (GpB Lotus Exige)
63 Wayne Archer/Lucas Nicolao – ARG (M6 Peugeot 206)
64 Freddie Gale/Kyle Proverbs (M7 Gale’s Hatcheries/Nassco/Redline Fuels/VP Racing Fuels Toyota Corolla RunX)
65 Chris Ullyett/Derek Ince (M7 Ullyett’s Machine Shop/MG America/Proj-Rx/Pharmabiosource Ford Escort RS2000)
66 Edward Corbin/Rodney Clarke (M7 Valvoline/Automotive Art/Prosales Toyota Corolla RunX)
67 Eric Allamby/Sean Corbin (M7 Shelbury Construction/Blakey’s on the Boardwalk/This & That Bajan/Scrap Man Recycling Toyota Corolla)
68 Kyle Catwell/Norman Catwell (M7 Chicken Pen Racing/Kumho/Valvoline/Mackeson/Ellesmere Quarries Volkswagen Golf GTI)
69 Sean Field/Darnley Rayside (M7 Field Insurance Brokers/Castrol/Ackee Tree Restaurant/AM Realty Services/Landscapes in Harmony/Beacon Insurance Peugeot 306 GTi6)
70 Kenny Hall – SCO/Fenny Wesselink – NED (M6 Halltune Garage Ford Puma S1600)
71 Rhett D’Andrade/Tristan Gibbs (M6 Daihatsu Charmant)
72 Allan Maynard/Marcus Beck (SM9 Marshal Trading/Roberts Manufacturing Toyota Starlet)
73 Matt Shinnors – IRL/Catherine Levis – IRL (SM9 www.vetcar.ie Ford Escort MkII)
74 Winston Thompson/Fiona McDonald (SM9 Chicken Pen Racing/SDRR Industrial & Hydraulic Spares/Ellesmere Quarries Toyota Starlet)
75 Sean Cox/Adam Cox (M5 Simpson Motors/Gliptone/Johnsen’s Suzuki Swift Gti)
76 Paul Horton – TCI/Kristian Yearwood (GpB Sky Motor Sport/H Racing/Java Island Ford Escort MkI)
77 Jamal Brathwaite/Dario Hoyte (M6 Valvoline/Mackeson/Kumho/Ellesmere Quarries/Codgi’s Customs Brokers/Chicken Pen Racing/AutoPlus Motors Mitsubishi Mirage RS)
78 Simon Wallis – ENG/Carolyn Pearce – ENG (P4 Wallis Performance Subaru Impreza N10)
79 Rob Weir – ENG/Ross Weir – ENG (M8-WRC Weir Laundry Equipment Subaru Impreza)
80 Terry Sealy/Rommel Coppin (P4 Speedline Performance Auto/Premier World Cargo Subaru Impreza N12)
81 Andrew Costin-Hurley – ENG/Shaun Mellett – ENG (GpB Earl’s Performance Hoses Ford Puma)
82 Calvin Briggs/Paul Inniss (SM11 barbadostoday.bb/Sammy Lee Towing and Recovery/Erie Tyre Services Ford Escort MkII)
83 John Corbin/Owen Proverbs (M7 Valvoline/Automotive Art Toyota Corolla)
84 Ron Greaves/Stuart Leach – ENG (M7 Chicken Pen Racing/Kick Energy Drink/Ellesmere Quarries/McCarthys Garage/barbadostoday.bb/Valvoline/Kumho Honda Civic Type-R)
85 Ryan Wood/Raymond Parris (Club-Hist Propac Dog Food Toyota Starlet)
86 Stuart McChlery/Julian Goddard (Club-Hist Ford Escort MkI)
87 Jeremy Gonsalves/Chris Corbin (M6 Makita/SSP Power Tools/Quik Start Auto/Champion Auto Wrecker/Yamaha/All Terrain Plus Opel Corsa)
88 Clifford Cox/Scott Bentham (SM9 PondFly Inc/SDRR Hydraulics Toyota Starlet)
89 Vishal Dhanraj – TRI/Scott Leonard – USA (SM9 Gulf Motor Oil/Lucozade Energy/V3 Rally Team Opel Corsa)
90 Glenn Campbell – NIR/Jonathan MacDonald – NIR (M5 Nissan Micra Kit Car)
91 Brendon McKenzie/Sean Collett (M6 Budex Couriers/Blakey’s on the Boardwalk/This & That Bajan/Meow Mix/MCK Motorsport Toyota Corolla)
92 Danny Williams/Syltopher Mayers (M6 Cutters Ford Fiesta)
93 Duane Johnson/Dwayne Forde (GpB Johnson’s Autos/Williams Tools/Cyrus Chickens/G&G Sales & Services/Castrol Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo)
94 Stuart Deeley – ENG/Alistair Dodd – ENG (M5 Demon Tweeks Nissan Micra)
95 Ding Boston – ENG/Jon Pulliston – ENG (Historic Phillips Tyres of Oxford/Geest Line/Huzier/NGK/Virgin Atlantic/Toyo Tires/Centor Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV)
96 Jeremy Croney/Damien Johnson (Clubman ReMax Lifestyles/Sweet Temptations/Sign Station/Gunk Peugeot 206)
97 Martin Taylor – IRL/Eddie Taylor – IRL (M6 Dublin Crystal Proton Satria)
98 Shannon Kirton/Lisa Roett (Clubman Ullyett’s Machine Shop/Gomez & Western Services/Field Insurance Brokers/Cartique/Gatorade/Fritolay/Fingerprint Designs Datsun 120Y)
99 Fabien Clarke/Arlington Hoyte (P2 Barbados Business Listings/RCR Tours/Bovell Auto Repair/Simple Trucking Suzuki Ignis Sport)
100 David Brewster/Alex Kirton (Clubman SRG Engineering/Castrol/Innovative Security Solutions/Gittens & Co/USG Armstrong/Ceiling & Floor Peugeot 205GTi)
101 Rommell Martin/Christina Brandford (M5 VV&K Rentals/B3 Imaging/Leroy Body Workshop/Dallas Catering Toyota Starlet)
102 Peter Gallagher – IRL/Rene Forde (M5 Dublin Crystal/Greenspeed Motorsport/Andrew Sam Design Jewellers Talbot Samba)

Web sites: www.rallybarbados.bb; www.barbadosrallyclub.com



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