Photo: Champion Driver Daryl Clarke celebrates with his mother Marva, who was recognised for her exceptional dedication as a volunteer

Rally Club volunteers recognised for service

More than 40 of the island’s motor sport volunteers were recognised for their commitment to the sport at the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Annual Prizegiving at The Boatyard in Bridgetown on Saturday evening (February 4), as Daryl Clarke was crowned the Club’s Champion Driver for 2016. Nearly 100 of the island’s motor sport fraternity shared in more than 120 trophies and associated awards.

  Club Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “Tonight is not just an opportunity to congratulate our winners, but also to recognise the continued support from many others, without whom our sport could not be what it is today, particularly our volunteer marshals and officials. While far more individuals than ever before have been singled out for awards tonight, I must equally thank every single one of our volunteer marshals, officials and medical teams for their year-round commitment.”

  In addition to his Champion Driver trophy, Clarke collected awards as the Modified 2 Champion and fifth in the BRC 2wd Championship . . . along with the Club’s annual tongue-in-cheek Turkey Award, presented to acknowledge some lapse on the part of the competitor (in his case, terminally damaging the shell of his championship-winning Honda Civic on the season’s final event).

  Clarke’s mother Marva was among those rewarded for their long-term commitment as volunteers on a night which saw generations of island motor sport families honoured. Eddie Corbin was crowned SuperModified 1 Champion, while father John won the Historic class and collected the Richard Roett Memorial Trophy; also among the awardees were Trevor Mapp and son Jamal Brathwaite, who both won Autocross and Class Championship trophies, Allan and Mark Kinch, Roger and Dane Skeete.

  In the Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship, Chris O’Neal won the Sextant Challenge Trophy as Champion Navigator for the fourth year in a row, with Leslie Alleyne winning a seventh Champion Driver title, again taking home the Peter Farmer Memorial Trophy. Richard Hinkson and Kevin-Jon Manning were Chefette Novice Champions, while Jamaica’s Christopher McFarlane won the Autocross title for the second straight year.

  Reflecting on the past season in a brief address, Club Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “Our premier events, Sol Rally Barbados and Flow King of the Hill, reached new heights in 2016 and we are looking forward to continuing this trend as the Club celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2017. Congratulations to all of last season’s group and overall winners in our speed events and special stage rallies, along with those who achieved success in MudDogs and Autocross.

  Hamilton added: “I must also mention the commercial partners and statutory bodies we work with, the fans who turn out in their numbers to justify that level of support and the broadcast, print and electronic media who help keep those fans involved with what we do across a growing number of platforms. I wish everyone in whichever role you play, a successful and safe year of motor sport in 2017.”

Barbados Rally Club Annual Prizegiving List of Award Winners

BRC Driver’s Championship

Each driver received a trophy

Champion Driver: Daryl Clarke (M2 Roberts Manufacturing/Amir’s Chicken/Valvoline/MQI Collision Repair Honda Civic), 130 points 2nd Edward Corbin (SM1 Automotive Art/Pro Sales/KlarkOdio/Hilti Daihatsu Charmant), 119pts 3rd Josh Read (SM2 Sprite/Stihl/Gliptone/Hankook/Weetabix/Chutney’s/Urban Kitchen/Cell Hut/Cockspur Toyota Starlet), 112pts 4th Neil Corbin (M1 Nassco/Jason Jones/Auto Solutions/Emtage Electric/BG Products & Services/Valvoline Toyota Starlet), 110pts 5th Dane Skeete (SM2 Sol/Flow/Automotive Art/Williams Trading Inc Peugeot 306 Maxi), 104pts 6th Rhett Watson (SM3 Chefette/Carter’s Pitstop/Stihl/Gliptone/GUNK/The Unknown Entity in support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3), 100pts 7th Roger Mayers (SM2 Chefette/Digicel/Sol/DHL/Hankook/Illusion Graphics WR Starlet), 98pts 8th John Corbin (Hist Automotive Art/Pro Sales/KlarkOdio/Hilti Toyota Corolla), 98pts 9th Trevor Mapp (C1 JSB Motorsport/A S Autostop/Chicken Pen Racing/Valvoline Mitsubishi Colt Mivec RS), 96pts 10th Andrew Jones (SM2 Lucozade/Caribbean Powder Coating Ford Escort MkII), 90pts

BRC Class Championship

Each driver received a trophy. Andrew Mallalieu (4wd), E Corbin (SuperModified), Clarke (Modified), J Corbin (Historic) and Mapp (Clubman) also won free entry (not inc insurance) to the 2017 BRC Championship

WRC - Champion: Roger Hill (Esso/Nassco/MotorMac/Pennzoil Toyota Corolla WRC), 78 points; 2nd Roger Skeete (Sol/Flow/Automotive Art Subaru Impreza WRC S12B), 47pts Group A – Champion: Avinash Chatrani (Lenovo/PowerBass/Gunk/iShop/Electric Avenue/Copocabana/Unlabeled Society Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI), 26pts Group N - Champion: Andrew Mallalieu (Terra Caribbean Subaru Impreza N10), 88pts; 2nd Mark Thompson (Rock Hard Cement/Stag Beer/Automotive Art/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty Day Spa/Valvoline/Slam 101.1FM/Versatile Construction/Glassesco Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), 65pts; 3rd David Coelho – TRI (Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi/VP Fuels/Total Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), 60pts SuperModified 3 - Champion: Watson, 100pts; 2nd David St Hill (Solar Wind & Energy Solutions/Liqui Moly/Bimmer Specialist BMW M3), 80pts; 3rd Mark Kinch (Jolly Roger/Boom Energy Drink/Pirate’s Cove/Cran Plus Water BMW M3), 72pts

SM2 - Champion: Read, 112pts; 2nd D Skeete, 104pts; 3rd Mayers, 98pts

SM1 - Champion: E Corbin, 119pts; 2nd Shareef Walcott (Melwani’s/Novus Tech/Castrol/Caribbean Pleasures/Mianect Toyota Corolla), 89pts; 3rd Jeremy Gonsalves (Sign Depot/Makita/Star Products/Valvoline/Yamaha/John Hardman Engineering Opel Corsa), 45pts Modified 2 - Champion: Clarke, 130pts; 2nd Jamal Brathwaite (Platinum Motors Collision Repair/Valvoline/Automotive Art/Consumers Guarantee Insurance/JSB Motorsport/Ellesmere Quarries Honda Civic Type-R), 77pts; 3rd Paul Horton - TCI (Java Island/H Racing/Sky Motorsports Ford Escort MkI), 73pts

M1 - Champion: N Corbin, 110pts; 2nd Wayne Archer (Archers Hall Design Centre/RW Water Peugeot 206), 87pts Historic - Champion: J Corbin, 98pts Clubman 2 - Champion: Allan Kinch (Jolly Roger/Boom Energy Drink/Pirate’s Cove/Cran Plus Water BMW 318ti), 65pts; 2nd Paul Inniss (Durex Barbados/Caribbean Villa Chefs/Hugh Auto Body/Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals/Sun General Insurance/JJ Racing Team/East Point Grill/Terasu Restaurant/The Chicken Shop Inc/Rallymaxx Honda Civic), 58pts Clubman 1 - Champion: Mapp, 96pts; 2nd Jermin Pope (Glassesco/Good time Snacks/NKM/UFO/Niccolls & Edghill Construction/Bio Beauty Day Spa/Tile Express/Slam 101.1FM Honda Civic), 79pts; 3rd Pierre Clarke (SDRR Hydraulics & Industrial Spares Honda Civic), 63pts GpB - Champion: Calvin Briggs (Lucas Oil/Massy Realty Ford Sierra), 11pts

BRC 4wd Championship

Each driver and co-driver received a trophy

Champions: Roger Hill/Graham Gittens, 93pts; 2nd Andrew Mallalieu/Geoffrey Goddard, 78pts; 3rd Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia, 55pts; 4th Mark Thompson/Kurt Seabra – GUY, 52pts; 5th David Coelho/James Harris, 50pts

BRC 2wd Championship

Each driver and co-driver received a trophy

Champions: Josh Read/Mark Jordan, 112pts; 2nd Dane Skeete/Tyler Mayhew, 100pts; 3rd Roger Mayers/Sean Corbin, 98pts; 4th Neil Corbin/Matthew Staffner, 88pts; 5th Daryl Clarke/Russell Brancker, 72pts Highest-placed female co-driver – Lindsey Pilkington

Special Awards

Rookie Award, a $1,000 Automotive Art gift voucher – Jermin Pope Richard Roett Memorial Trophy – John Corbin Turkey Award – Daryl Clarke

Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship

The Champions received the Sextant Challenge Trophy (Navigator) and the Peter Farmer Memorial Trophy (Driver); second to fourth Navigator and Driver each received a trophy

Champion Driver & Navigator: Leslie Alleyne & Chris O’Neal (Simpson Motors/Shell Spirax/Shell Rimula/Maxxis Isuzu D-Max), 180pts = 2nd Ben Norris & Kirk Watkins (Birdies Restaurant Ford Ranger) & Michael Ward/Warrick Eastmond (Regional Fire & Security/Quality Tyre Suzuki Jimny), 172pts 4th Wayne Manning/Willie Hinds (Courtesy Garage/Windforce Tyres ZNA Rich), 166pts

Chefette MudDogs Novice Safari Championship The Champions each received a trophy, a Chefette voucher and free entry (not inc insurance) to the 2017 MudDogs Safari Championship Champion Novice Driver & Navigator: Richard Hinkson/Kevin-Jon Manning (Goodyear Tyres Suzuki Samurai), 180pts

MudDogs Special Awards

Joan Alleyne Memorial Trophy (Highest-placed Female Navigator) – Bridget Garity Route-setters Awards - Nicholas Branson, Warrick Eastmond, Willie Hinds, Ricky Holder, Wayne Manning, Philip McConney, Andrew Pinto, Mike Ward, Mark Western

BRC Autocross Championship

Each driver received a trophy

Champion: Chris McFarlane - JAM (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ), 40 points 2nd Stuart Garcia (Subaru Impreza STI), 32pts 3rd Trevor Mapp (Mitsubishi Colt), 28pts 4th Marlon Bell (Nissan Skyline), 21pts 5th Jamal Brathwaite (Honda Civic Type-R), 18pts

Marshals Awards

Each awardee received a trophy; each male awardee also received an Automotive Art voucher and each female awardee a Carter’s voucher Rookie Marshal: Roland Giles, Michelle King, Samic White Outstanding Marshal: Peter Alleyne, Jonathan Chandler, Jimmy Hall

Recognised for Exceptional Dedication: each male awardee received an Automotive Art voucher, each female awardee a Carter’s voucher Paul A Bourne, Michael Burkett, Kimberley Carrington, David Carter, Matthew Dickenson, Peter Garnes, Judith Clark Holiworth, Marva Clarke, Clyde Goodman, Colin Goodman, David Goodridge, Elridge Grant, Hal King, Adam Mohammed, Sherie Moore, Nicole Nicholls, David Russell, Bibi Shamsuddeen, Tennyson Tull, David Wood, Janelle Wood MudDogs Marshals: Marva Clarke, Richard & Lynn Johnson, Chris Thornhill MudDogs Junior Rookie Marshals: Austin & Tyler Barber, Gabby & Kyle Johnson

Photos courtesy Barbados Rally Club/Corey Reece

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