Motorsport News showcases island rallying for UK readers

Timed to coincide with this weekend’s opening of entries for Sol Rally Barbados 2018, the popular UK weekly Motorsport News published a full-colour centre-spread feature on this year’s event on Wednesday(September 27). Written by Jack Benyon, Group National Editor of MN and its sister publication Autosport, the 2,000-word retrospective was also backed up by an enthusiastic on-line blog the same day (www.motorsport-news.co.uk/columns/barbados-is-how-regional-rallying-should-be/).
Benyon’s article, an interesting first-timer’s perspective on island rallying, follows a six-day visit, during which he fully immersed himself in the event; he saw Sol RB17 close-up from Friday’s night-time stages in St Peter, through the packed spectator area at the Vaucluse Raceway on Saturday and on to Sunday’s Padmore stage to the south of Bushy Park Barbados and the finish inside the circuit. In summary, he said: “It’s a two-week holiday with a rally thrown in. And a very good rally, at that. After attending once, whatever your thoughts before the event, it’s certain you’ll want to go back.”
He had already published a brief report in the following week’s MN (Wednesday, June 7), illustrated by an image of the top British crew, Rob Swann and Darren Garrod, who finished second, along with an background on-line blog (https://www.motorsport-news.co.uk/columns/barbados-rallyings-hotbed-of-oddity/) a day or so later.

(PR)






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