SOL Rally Bar­ba­dos 2015

Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos 2015

The Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos Fes­ti­val is the Caribbean’s biggest annual inter­na­tional motor sport event. In the early begin­ning s (1990), Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos was a one day event with about 30 locals com­pet­ing. Since then it has made an incred­i­ble rise from a small scale event to one of the biggest motor events in the region, gain­ing both regional and inter­na­tional atten­tion by attract­ing com­peti­tors glob­ally from Europe, Aus­tralia and the United States. The fes­ti­val also adds some major tourist ben­e­fits to Bar­ba­dos, con­tribut­ing nearly $4 mil­lion to the island’s econ­omy each year.
barbados rally carSol Rally Bar­ba­dos 2015, put on by the Bar­ba­dos Rally Club, is being termed a “party to remem­ber”. Now in its 25th year, it has pro­vided end­less enter­tain­ment to fans both locally, region­ally and inter­na­tion­ally. Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos will be held May 29th31st and cur­rently has a pro­vi­sional entry list of 95 crews (see http://​www​.rally​bar​ba​dos​.bb/​g​e​n​e​r​a​l​-​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​2015​-​r​a​l​l​y​-​b​a​r​b​a​d​o​s​-​e​n​t​r​y​-​l​i​s​t for more details). This year’s event will be big­ger and bet­ter as the event has had more over­seas entries, par­tic­i­pat­ing nation­al­i­ties, over­seas par­tic­i­pants, first time over­seas par­tic­i­pants and female com­peti­tors than any other Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos event.

The track at Bushy Park Bar­ba­dos will host the first two of the 22 spe­cial stage cir­cuits for dri­vers on Fri­day night, while on Sun­day the dri­vers go head to head. Vau­clause Race­way will host the Sat­ur­day of Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos. This race way now has new roads and approx­i­mately one mile has been added to Hangman’s Hill stage. Fans, as they love to be, will be very close to the action. The 22 spe­cial stages will be run at var­i­ous points around Bar­ba­dos (under road clo­sure orders for the layman’s safety). The King of the hill event fea­tures 4 timed runs on a 3 kilo­me­tre stage and the results of this event will dic­tate the run­ning order for the main event.

Some of the pop­u­lar divers one can expect to see at Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos are Finland’s Toni Garde­meis­ter, Paul Bird from the UK, the 2013 and 2014 cham­pion, Rob Swann, Jamaican’s Jeff Pan­ton, and Trinidad’s John Pow­ell , as well as Bar­ba­dos’ very own only car rac­ing leg­end, 13– time win­ner Roger “The Sher­iff” Skeete.

The spec­ta­tor expe­ri­ence promises to be one of the best ever. As stated pre­vi­ously, fans will be up close and per­sonal with the action. Also, some of the island’s best DJs will be in atten­dance adding to the over­all party atmos­phere of the event. There will be live com­men­tary of the races, food and drink on sale and activ­i­ties for those kids who will get rest­less. There will also be a cool down zone for the adults. Lim­ing at Sol rally Bar­ba­dos will be an unri­valled experience.

For­mer Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos Winners

  • Bar­ba­dos ral­ly­ing leg­end Roger Skeete (13 titles) *
  • Bar­ba­dos’ Paul Bourne (2 titles)
  • North­ern Ireland’s Kenny McK­instry (2 titles)
  • North­ern Ireland’s Kris Meeke (2 titles)
  • England’s Paul Bird (2 titles) *
  • Jamaica’s Jeff Pan­ton (1 title) *
  • Jamaica’s Gary Gregg (1 title)
  • Bar­ba­dos’ Trevor Man­ning (1 title)
  • Bar­ba­dos’ Roger May­ers (1 title) *
  • * Indi­cates those for­mer win­ners who will be in atten­dance at the 2015 event

Impor­tant Dates for Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos 2015
The main dates for the sol rally Bar­ba­dos action will be May 29th, 30th and 31st , with the main event kick­ing off at Bushy Park Rac­ing Cir­cuit & Motor­sport Facil­ity, St Philip. How­ever, there are sev­eral activ­i­ties occur­ring lead­ing up to the main attraction:

Sat­ur­day, May 23 — Scru­ti­neer­ing
1pm to 8pm

  • Allows fans to see com­pet­ing cars up close and per­sonal and gives them a chance to meet and greet and to gain some autographs.

Sun­day, May 24 — King of the Hill (KotH)
10am to 4pm

  • Run on a 3km course.
  • One prac­tice run, but three offi­cial timed runs allows the seed­ing for Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos event the next weekend
  • Prize giv­ing at the end of the day.

Mon­day, May 25 — Sol RB15 Wel­come Party, Fish Fry & Pig Roast
3pm start time at Rally Central

  • Held in effort to help Bar­ba­dos Rally Club cel­e­brate 25 years of Sol Rally Barbados

Tues­day, May 26 — Sol RB15 Brief­ing Meet­ing
6:30 pm at Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

  • Manda­tory for dri­vers and co drivers
  • Pro­vides for­mal intro­duc­tion to key offi­cials and answers any ques­tions the dri­vers may have.

Fri­day, May 29 — Sol RB15 — day 1
6:30pm start at Bushy Park.

  • Two stages to run.

Sat­ur­day, May 30 — Sol RB15 — day 2
10 am start

  • 11 stages to be run at 3 venues

Sun­day, May 31 — Sol RB15 — day 3
9 am start

  • 9 stages to be run at 3 venues

Mon­day, June 1 — Sol RB15 Prize­giv­ing
1pm at the Boart yard, Bay Street St. Michael

  • All offi­cial results posted at 3 pm
  • Prize­giv­ing at 5 pm

One thing is for cer­tain, every­thing is in place for Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos 2015 to be a rac­ing clas­sic.
Visit the fllow­ing site for more info:
http://​www​.rally​bar​ba​dos​.bb
Image from Bar​ba​dos​Mo​tor​Sport​.com

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