BRC16-19: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2016
ALLEYNE AND Oâ€™NEAL CLAIM FOURTH MUDDOGS TITLE
Route-setters praised for â€œfantasticâ€? Nassco November Safari
Triple Champions Leslie Alleyne and Chris Oâ€™Neal (Simpson Motors/Shell Spirax/Shell Rimula/Maxxis Isuzu D-Max) made certain of winning an unprecedented fourth Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship with victory on last Sundayâ€™s (November 13) Nassco November Safari. The fourth and final round of the Barbados Rally Clubâ€™s (BRC) off-road navigational championship started and finished at the Vaucluse Raceway in St Thomas, where spectators turned out in their numbers to enjoy the action.
Going into the final round, once dropped scores had been taken into account, Alleyne and Oâ€™Neal were tied on 120 points with Michael Ward and Warrick Eastmond (Regional Fire & Security/Quality Tyre Suzuki Jimny), which meant that it was a straight fight to the finish at the weekend. Unfortunately, Ward damaged a drive shaft during the morning, finishing eighth in Route One, then was unable to re-start after the lunch halt.
Alleyne and Oâ€™Neal incurred a total of 1178 penalties, winning by a margin of 187 from Ben Norris and Kirk Watkins (Birdies Restaurant Ford Ranger), who maintained their strong record since pairing up in 2014; they have now finished second or third four times each in the 10 events they have contested . . . but luck played a part, too. The Driver Challenge at the finish started at the base of a gully, twisting through some very uneven terrain within VRW, then through a mud pit and up a near-vertical embankment. Norris broke a steering link near the start of the course but, fortunately for them, they had already passed the final Check Point, so their overall result was unaffected.
Making their debut as a crew in the unusual Honda Pioneer, Jean-Marc Cozier and Andrew Croney finished third, another 239 penalties adrift, with brothers Robert and Ian Warren (Land Rover Defender) fourth, ahead of Dean Springer and Bridget Garity in the Eastern Veterinary Clinic Ford Ranger. Springer won the VRW Driver Challenge and was full of excitement at Wednesdayâ€™s (November 16) Prizegiving at the VRW Clubhouse to discover that he and Garity had also won Route Two, their first such success.
Samuel Manning and Ruben Carillo (Toyota Hilux) also achieved their first win, in the Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championship; in only their second event, they shared the route wins with Richard Hinkson and Kevin-Jon Manning (Goodyear Tyres Suzuki Samurai), but took the overall victory by 1,848 penalties.
Route-setters Willie Hinds and Wayne Manning came in for high praise from winner Alleyne: â€œIt was a fantastic Safari. Willie and Wayne clearly put a massive effort into this . . . and it paid off. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event, which ran seamlessly from start to finish. There were two regularity tests in Route One - the first was at Vaucluse where we had to maintain an average speed of 36kmh; after making a small error, the pace was hot to try and recover the time. The track had recently been oiled and this had our Isuzu sliding like Micey in the Evo a few years back!
â€œThroughout the day, the tricks were well thought out and certainly caused us to make our share of silly mistakes. Despite all the rain, the event was quite comfortable to drive; there was only one area of bad mud and ruts in St Lucy, which caused us to stick up, until we got a much-appreciated tow from Nicholas Lorde.â€?
Nassco, who was represented at the Prizegiving by Roger Hill, was also thanked for its dedicated support through the years, along with the enthusiastic and committed body of marshals, without whom these events could not happen.
Alleyne concluded: â€œWednesday was my birthday, and what a fitting way to celebrate! Chris Oâ€™Neal organised a cake and the MudDogs sang a loud Happy Birthday! I must thank Chris for all the wonderful times that we have had doing this sport together; it truly is a 50/50 partnership. I also need to thank my wife, daughter, father and the rest of my family, along with Chrisâ€™s family, for their unwavering support. Finally, we thank Simpson Motors, Shell Spirax, Shell Rimula and Maxxis without the continued support of all these people, this fourth championship certainly could not have been achieved.â€?
Nassco November Safari November 13
Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship round 4
1st Leslie Alleyne/Chris Oâ€™Neal (Simpson Motors/Shell Spirax/Shell Rimula/Maxxis Isuzu D-Max), 1178 penalties
2nd Ben Norris/Kirk Watkins (Birdies Restaurant Ford Ranger), 1365pens
3rd Jean-Marc Cozier/Andrew Croney (Honda Pioneer), 1604pens
4th Robert Warren/Ian Warren (Land Rover Defender), 2733pens
5th Dean Springer/Bridget Garity (Eastern Veterinary Clinic Ford Ranger), 2887pens
6th George Mendes/Gary Mendes (G & G Sales & Services Inc Mitsubishi L200 Sportero), 3094pens
7th Nicholas Lorde/Brett Barber (Konstruk Professional Construction Services/Comfeet/N L Engineering Inc Mitsubishi L200 Sportero), 3222pens
8th Samuel Manning/Ruben Carillo (Toyota Hilux), 4188pens
9th Richard Hinkson/Kevin-Jon Manning (Goodyear Tyres Suzuki Samurai), 6036pens
dnf Michael Ward/Warrick Eastmond (Regional Fire & Security/Quality Tyre Suzuki Jimny)
Route 1: 1st Alleyne/Oâ€™Neal, 584pens; 2nd Norris/Watkins, 671pens; 3rd Cozier/Croney, 772pens; 4th Mendes/Mendes, 1113pens; 5th Lorde/Barber, 1310pens; etc
Route 2: 1st Springer/Garity, 431pens; 2nd Alleyne/Oâ€™Neal, 594pens; 3rd Warren/Warren, 636pens; 4th Norris/Watkins, 694pens; 5th Cozier/Croney, 832pens; etc
Chefette MudDogs Safari Novice Championship round 4
1st S Manning/Carillo
2nd Hinkson/K-J Manning
Route 1: 1st Hinkson/K-J Manning, 2706pens; 2nd S Manning/Carillo, 2862pens
Route 2: 1st S Manning/Carillo, 1326pens; 2nd Hinkson/K-J Manning, 3330pens
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