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Barbados Rallycross International, 2006
Vaucluse Raceway,
Sun, Nov 27, 2006
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News From the Vaucluse Raceway Motor Sport Club
Press Release: November 27, 2006

Supercars Wow Vaucluse Fans
Ulster's Lawrence Gibson the first lap record-holder

The inaugural Barbados Rallycross International finally got under way at the Vaucluse Raceway on Sunday afternoon (November 27) after the heavy rains of the previous week had caused the cancellation of the scheduled Friday practice and Saturday racing . . . but the day's action was further interrupted by rain.

Practice started about 2.00pm, after volunteers in four-wheel-drive vehicles had lapped for more than an hour to help force the moisture out of the loose-surface sections of the track; the method worked and practice sessions for the six groups were quickly completed. After only one race, however - Ryan Wood's name went into the record books as the very first winner in rallycross at the St Thomas venue - the rains fell again, causing a further stoppage.

Racing was re-started under floodlights and two heats for all Groups completed . . . but that was to be it, as the heavens opened once again, so the event was decided on the aggregate result of the two heats; despite conditions, racing was enjoyed by a sizeable and enthusiastic crowd, many straight from the Ferrari Formula 1 demonstration in Warrens. They were treated to some world-class driving by the touring party from Great Britain, armed with their 550-horsepower Rallycross Supercars.

Barbados Rally Carnival regular Kevin Procter came out on top of the Supercar class, winning both races in his Ford Puma Evo 4 x 4, the second by a considerable margin; in the first, he was chased home by Lawrence Gibson in his recently-rebuilt MG Metro 6R4, with Dermot Carnegie (Ford Focus) and George Tracey (Ford RS200) close behind.

In the second race, local drivers Kirk Watkins (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V) and Mark Maloney (Nissan Pulsar GtiR) joined the overseas drivers; Tracey led after the first lap, but succumbed to pressure from Carnegie and Procter on lap two. Carnegie looked set for victory, when the race was red-flagged after Maloney rolled his Nissan - he was uninjured. In the re-run, Procter shot off the line, never to be headed, leading home Carnegie, Gibson and Tracey. Pat Doran's Ford Fiesta ST was driven by his son Liam, but gremlins in the electronics meant it played little part in the prodceedings.

Procter recorded eight of the 10 fastest times of the day, ranging from 50.97 to 53.55 seconds, but it was Gibson who became the first lap record-holder at VRW, with a time of 50.49s in his immaculate 6R4.

In the others Groups, Watkins won Modified 8, the Mitsubishi driver maintaining his record as the only driver to have contested every event at VRW since it opened in August 2000. Bushy Park regulars did well - Jerry Leach (Peugeot 205) won merged SuperModified 10 & 11 on his Vaucluse debut, while Geoff Ullyett (Nissan 200Y) won Modified 7.

This was a very competitive Group - Simon Gillmore (Peugeot 205) beat Ullyett and Greg Cozier (Ford Escort RS2000) in the first heat, then Ullyett saw off Cozier and Gillmore in the second. Gilmore earned the distinction of fastest two-wheel-drive car with a time of 62.05s.

Wood's victory in the first Modified 5 race was followed by a second place in heat two, earning him the Group title in his Toyota Starlet; visiting journalist Carlin Gerbich finished second, very much enjoying his outings in the Ullyett's Machine Shop Nissan campaigned by Jesse Mark this season at Bushy Park.

In the Production Group, a delighted Stephen Moore was victorious in his Toyota Corolla, beating Geoffrey Ullyett (Morris Minor) and Andrew Skeete (Mitsubishi Lancer); this Group also produced the day's other major incident - in the second heat, while fighting for position with Ullyett, Adrian Bayley's Peugeot 205 rolled approaching the southern hairpin; but for a few bruises, Bayley was unhurt, but the Peugeot was severely damaged.

At the prizegiving which followed, former British Champion Pat Doran praised the VRW management for their efforts to stage the event and said: "This is a great rallycross track, and I am sure that you can attract a strong International following in years to come."

Barbados Rallycross International
Saturday, November 25


SuperModified 12 1st Kevin Procter - ENG (Procters Coaches/PC Vehicle Rentals/Motoscope Ford Puma Evo 4 x 4); equal 2nd Dermot Carnegie - IRL (Esso Ultron/Autoglaze Ford Focus Ford Focus) & Lawrence Gibson - NIR (P & O Irish Sea MG Metro 6R4); 4th George Tracey - IRL (Ford RS200)
SuperModified 11 & S10 merged 1st Jerry Leach (S10 Origo Graphics/Courtesy Auto Body Repairs/SRG Engineering Peugeot 205); 2nd Andrew Jones (S11 McEnearney Quality/AP Jones Pharmacy Ford Escort MkII)
Modified 8 1st Kirk Watkins (Abacus Builders Inc/Planned Maintenance/Aqua Pur Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V); 2nd Mark Maloney (Guinness/Maloney Nissan Pulsar GtiR)
Modified 7 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyetts Machine Shop/R L Mark/KDJ Auto Parts/Paints Plus Nissan 200Y); 2nd Simon Gillmore (SRG Engineering/Halton Graphics Peugeot 205); 3rd Greg Cozier (Citgo/Hyundai Commercial & Industrial Ford Escort RS2000)
Modified 5 1st Ryan Wood (Sitemasters Toyota Starlet); 2nd Carlin Gerbich - NZL (Ullyetts Machine Shop/R L Mark/KDJ Auto Parts/Paints Nissan 120Y); 3rd Orville Blackman (Toyota Starlet)
Production 1 1st Stephen Moore (Rid-a-Bug Toyota Corolla); 2nd Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyetts Machine Shop Service Morris Minor); 3rd Andrew Skeete (Hitachi Power Tools/Rent-a-quip/Quality Tyre Mitsubishi Lancer)

Drive of the Day Ryan Wood
Fastest lap Lawrence Gibson, 50.49s
Fastest two-wheel-drive lap Simon Gillmore, 62.05s

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