courtesy of the BarbadosRally Club/Corey Reece, Jamaica’s Chris McFarlane (right) collected his fifth Autocross Championship trophy from Rally Club Secretary Jamal Brathwaite

Edward Corbin finally celebrates Champion Driver title

More than 80 competitors and volunteers, representing both sides of the island’s motor sport community, were recognised for their achievements and commitment to the sport at the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Annual Prizegiving at Bentley Manor House, St Philip, on Saturday (February 1). After a number of near-misses, Edward Corbin finally claimed the Champion Driver title, emerging as one of the night’s big winners, also taking the Modified 1 and 2wd Championship trophies.

During a short address, Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “By any measure, 2019 was a positive year. Class and overall title battles went down to the wire and I congratulate all the winners. To our volunteers, marshals, officials and the unseen people who operate in the shadows, so to speak, I offer a sincere thank-you on behalf of the Club, its Committee and its members. Your on-going support is critical to the Club’s and the sport’s success and, while I acknowledge that we have some challenges with volunteer numbers, I am hopeful that we can address this in the coming year. I urge everyone in this room to give some thought to how we can bring the volunteer numbers up.”

As before, the prize list included a number of regional drivers, including the Turks & Caicos Rally Team’s Paul Horton, who was awarded with the Richard Roett Trophy in recognition of his long-term support of the Club’s events, including sponsorship of the 2019 H02 Construction Winter Rally; in his absence competing in Ireland, the trophy was accepted on his behalf by Trinidad & Tobago’s David Coelho. Coelho was also among the awardees, along with T&C’s Stan Hartling, respectively the FIA R5 and M3 Class Champions, while Jamaica’s Chris McFarlane is the BRC Autocross Champion for the fifth consecutive year, also winning back-to-back 4wd and 2wd class titles.

Over the year’s seven rounds, Corbin scored 130 points, four more than Clubman 2 Champion Ian Warren, back for his first full season since 2013. M4 and M2 Champions respectively, Roger Hill and Jamal Brathwaite each scored 118 points, the tie-break based on each driver’s highest overall finish giving Hill third place. Horton (112pts) and Stuart Garcia (107pts) completed the top six, while Dane Skeete was crowned 4wd Champion, despite failing to finish in the Overall top 10.

Marshals were recognised in four categories, Rookie, Most-improved, Long Service and Outstanding, each presented with trophies and more than half of them from the steadily growing number of lady marshals. Volunteers rewarded in the Long Service category were Cameron Greenidge, Charlie Kellman, Sherie Moore and Mark Waithe.

Leslie Evanson became the third different winner of the highest-placed Female Co-driver Award in as many seasons, following last year’s winner Nats Farnum and four-time recipient Lindsey Pilkington, while Clubman 1 Champion Jason Tull claimed the Rookie Award and a $1,000 Automotive Art Voucher. The Club’s annual tongue-in-cheek Golden Turkey Award, presented to acknowledge some lapse on the part of the competitor, was won by Mark Thompson, whose off-road excursion in Alexandria during the double-header sprint ended with his car on top of Mrs Babb’s perfectly manicured Bougainvillea hedge. After causing further damage as he drove off, Mrs Babb has been treated to a replacement hedge.

Leslie Alleyne won a record seventh consecutive Drivers crown in the Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship, with his Navigator Chris O’Neal winning a sixth title; Bridget Garity was crowned highest-placed female navigator, Yousuf Patel the Class B Champion Driver and Stephen Mayers and David Reece the winners of the Shelbury Construction Trophy which recognises success in the popular Driver Challenges.

Barbados Rally Club Annual Prizegiving
List of Award Winners 2019

BRC Driver’s Championship
Each driver received a trophy

Champion Driver: Edward Corbin (M1 Valvoline/Hilti/Cargo BGI/Co-Operators General Insurance Daihatsu Charmant), 130 points
2nd Ian Warren (C2 West Lake Performance xTyres/Benthams Farm & Garden/Guava Tech BimmaCup), 126pts
3rd Roger Hill (M4 Esso/Nassco/Pennzoil/MaxMeyer Paints/MotorMac Toyota Corolla WRC), 118pts *
4th Jamal Brathwaite (M2 Valvoline/Automotive Art/Consumers Guarantee Insurance/Caribbean Auto Glass/TEC Barbados/Stylz Auto Spa/Chicken Pen Racing/JSB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R), 118pts *
5th Paul Horton - TCI (M2 Java Island/Sky Motorsports/H Racing/Arbikie Highland Estate Citroen DS 3 R3 MAX), 112pts
6th Stuart Garcia (C2 Smith’s Engineering Works/Four & Twenty Bakery/Intelligent Defence Systems/ Zaccios/Kirba Inc BimmaCup), 107pts
7th David Coelho (FIA R5 Subway/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi Ford Fiesta R5), 101pts
8th Dane Skeete (WRC Sol/Automotive Art/CO Williams Sand & Lime Subaru Impreza WRC S12B), 100pts
9th John Corbin (H2 Valvoline/Hilti/Cargo BGI/Co-Operators General Insurance Toyota Corolla), 98pts
10th Stan Hartling - TCI (M3 Bambarra Rum BMW M3), 81pts *
* tie-breaks decided on each driver’s best overall result

BRC Class Championship
Each driver received a trophy. Hill (4wd), Ryan O Wood (SuperModified), E Corbin (Modified), J Corbin (Historic) and Warren (Clubman) also won free entry (not inc insurance & timing costs) to Sol Rally Barbados 2020

WRC - Champion: D Skeete, 100pts
FIA R5 - Champion: Coelho, 101pts
Modified 4 – Champion: Hill, 118pts; 2nd Mark Thompson (Glassesco/Automotive Art /NKM Clothing/Bio Beauty Day Spa/SLAM 101.1FM Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), 75pts; 3rd Avinash Chatrani (iShop Barbados/Genius Lynk/Axe Solutions/Lenovo/PowerBass/Gunk/Sign Station Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI), 63pts
SuperModified 2 - Champion: Roger Mayers (Chefette/Rubis/Sign Depot/Hankook Toyota Starlet), 63pts; 2nd Rhett Watson (Chefette/Gliptone/Stihl/Leafy Organics/Gunk/Power King Batteries/Bajan Pure Water/Its Barbados BMW M3), 62pts; 3rd Roger Skeete (Sol/Automotive Art/ Peugeot 306 Maxi), 48pts
SM1 - Champion: Ryan O Wood (Shonny’s Kitchen/Lucas Oil/Biz Needz Racing/MB Auto City/Bajan Bully/Axalta Paints/Island Guild/LITT Marketing & Events/Exceptional Plumbing Services Toyota Starlet), 67pts; 2nd Jeremy Gonsalves (Sign Depot/Guava Tech/Valvoline/Makita/In Gear Auto/John Hardman Engineering Opel Corsa), 28pts
Modified 3 - Champion: Hartling, 81pts; 2nd Logan Watson (Leafy Organics/Cargo BGI/Luxe Caribbean Properties/Stihl/It’s Barbados/Sign Depot/Bajan Pure Water BMW M3), 80pts; 3rd Peter Thompson (Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty BMW M3 Compact), 62pts
M2 - Champion: Brathwaite, 118pts; 2nd Horton, 112pts; 3rd Sam Hartling - CAN (The Hartling Group BMW 318ti Compact), 41pts
M1 - Champion: E Corbin, 130pts; 2nd Pierre Beswick - TCI (Grace Bay Car Rentals/Hartling Luxury Resorts/Sky Motorsports Citroen C2 R2 MAX), 75pts; 3rd Shareef Walcott (Lil Griff’s Maintenance & Freighting Services/Melwani’s/Tint Plus/BizNeedz/Dynamic Auto Imports/MC LED Toyota Corolla), 73pts
Historic 2 - Champion: J Corbin, 98pts; 2nd Harold Morley (Timeline Auto Products/Bajanloveshop.com Porsche 911RSR), 70pts; 3rd Wayne Archer (Archers Hall/Arrow Construction/Arrow Woodworking/RW Water/D & A Air Conditioning & Refrigeration BMW 325), 46pts
Clubman 2 - Champion: Warren, 126pts; 2nd Garcia, 107pts; 3rd Allan Kinch (Bajan All the Way! BimmaCup), 81pts
Clubman 1 - Champion: Jason Tull (Jay-T’s/CA Autobody Repairs/Devon Star/Dominus PHD/CST Tyres/Computech Solutions Peugeot 106 Rallye S2), 65pts
GpB - Champion: Andrew Jones (Herr’s/Lucozade/AP Jones Pharmacy/Southern Surf Beach Apartments Ford Escort MkII), 90pts; 2nd Jonathan Still (Seawell Automotive/Sharkey’s Bar/Suga Apple Swimwear BMW M3), 59pts; 3rd Calvin Briggs (Massy Realty/Kensington Mall/Flying Bell Racing/The Dome Mall/Sirrom SLD/OS Creations/Tallest 246 Wrecker Services Ford Sierra), 54pts

BRC 4wd Championship
Each driver and co-driver received a trophy

Champions: D Skeete & Tyler Mayhew, 131pts; 2nd Hill & Graham Gittens, 101pts; 3rd Coelho & Barry Ward, 96pts; 4th M Thompson & Kurt Seabra - GUY, 63pts; 5th Chatrani & Andrew Skeete, 51pts

BRC 2wd Championship
Each driver and co-driver received a trophy

Champions: E Corbin & Johnathan Alleyne, 66pts; 2nd Horton & Kristian Yearwood, 65pts; 3rd R Watson & Bradley Weekes, 64pts *; 4th Brathwaite & Dario Hoyte, 64pts *; 5th R Mayers & Sesn Corbin, 63pts * tie-break decided on each crew’s best overall result

Special Awards
Rookie Award, a trophy plus a $1,000 Automotive Art voucher – Jason Tull
Highest-placed female co-driver: Leslie Evanson (with Pierre Beswick, finishing second in Modified 1 and 14th overall)
Richard Roett Memorial Trophy – Paul Horton
Golden Turkey Award – Mark Thompson

Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship
The Champions received the Sextant Challenge Trophy (Navigator) and the Peter Farmer Memorial Trophy (Driver); second and third Navigator and Driver each received a trophy

Champion Navigator & Driver: Leslie Alleyne & Chris O'Neal (Simpson Motors/Shell Spirax/Shell Rimula/Maxxis Isuzu D-Max), 238 points; 2nd Ben Norris & Kirk Watkins (Lenovo/PowerBass Toyota Land Cruiser), 236pts; 3rd David Armstrong & Andrew Croney (Nassco Toyota Hilux), 224pts
Class B - Champion Driver: Yousuf Patel (Aquarius Faucets/ToolCraft/Goodyear Mitsubishi L200), 236 points
Shelbury Construction Trophy - Champions: Stephen Mayers & David Reece (Toyota Hilux), 25 points
Joan Alleyne Memorial Trophy for the Highest-Placed Female Navigator – Bridget Garity (Eastern Veterinary Clinic Ford Ranger)

BRC Autocross Championship
Each driver received a trophy

Champion: Chris McFarlane - JAM (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ), 73 points
2nd Geoff Ullyett (BMW M3), 65pts
3rd Omar Boodhoo (Subaru Impreza), 53pts *
4th Jody Forte (Subaru BRZ), 53pts *
5th Cheryl-Ann Hurley (Opel Corsa), 52pts
* tie-break decided on each driver’s best overall result

Ladies Champion: Hurley
Junior Champion: Adam Marshall (Mitsubishi Colt)
4wd – Champion: McFarlane, 73pts; 2nd Ullyett (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ), 65pts; 3rd Boodhoo, 53pts
2wd – Champion: McFarlane (BMW M3), 73pts; 2nd Ullyett, 65pts; 3rd Forte, 53pts

Marshals Awards
Each awardee received a trophy
Rookie Marshal: Pat Alleyne, Tara Durant, Larissa King, Michael Springer
Most-improved Performance: Rodney Barrow, Vadney Johnson, Michelle King, Mary Walker
Long Service: Cameron Greenidge, Charlie Kellman, Sherie Moore, Mark Waithe
Outstanding Performance: Debra Gittens, Victor Pinto, Kirk Sealy, Natalie Weatherhead

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