Stillo is back!
Four-time Rally Barbados class-winner Jonathan Still is returning to the event for the first time in eight years to campaign a newly-built Quality Tyre/Markham Construction BMW M3 with long-term friend and co-driver Heath Hazell, with whom he shared his earlier event and championship wins.
The year after his fourth consecutive SuperModified class win in Sol RB09, ‘Stillo’ retired from motor sport to concentrate his efforts elsewhere, but admits that he has increasingly felt like “a fish out of water”, despite driving Zero Car a couple of years back. Between 1999 and 2008, he had seven top 10 finishes – his best overall result was fifth in RB06 – initially in a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, then a BMW M3. His last class win, in Sol RB09, also earned an entry in the event’s record books – winning SM11, he finished 12th overall, marking the only time the history of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event that there has been no two-wheel-drive car in the top 10.
As he claimed year-end Class titles in the Barbados Rally Club Championship and Vaucluse Raceway Motorsport Club RallySprint Cup, his flamboyant driving style and open personality made ‘Stillo’ and the BMW firm crowd favourites, not only in Barbados, but also around the region, following his visits to Rally Jamaica. While his cars have gone on to further success, and many more titles, in the hands of Logan and Rhett Watson, Still’s name often comes up in those ‘who-do-you-miss-most?’ chats on social media.
And that is a key driver behind his return: “This is going to be a drive from the heart, this one is for the fans. No pressure, just pure BMW glory. I have built 90 per cent of this car with my own two hands, so it is special. I am so looking forward to being back. This one is for the love of the sport – I have entered Group B, as I don’t want to get in the way of the BMW guys chasing their class and championship points. Being reunited in a car with Heath will be special . . . the whole experience should be epic.”
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