Land Rover enters Group B of Sol Rally Barbados


A LAND Rover is an unlikely inclusion in an eclectic trio of British entries for Group B of the Sol Rally Barbados 2022. Andrew Graham will add the Caribbean to the countries he has rallied to, from Iceland to Morocco, when he takes on returning competitors Andrew Costin-Hurley and Stuart Deeley in Ford Puma Cosworth and Toyota Celica GT4 respectively. As the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) celebrates its 65th anniversary, the Sol RB22 is scheduled for the weekend of June 4-5, with KingoftheHillon the previous Sunday (May 29).
Graham learned to drive as a youngster in his father’s 1948 Land Rover, then began racing in 1988 in a 1950s V8-powered Land Rover. He was All Wheel Drive Club class champion in 2004 and acquired the diesel powered AlliSport 90TD5 which he will drive in Barbados in 2009, by which time it had already been in use as a stage rally car for some years . His co-driver will be two-time British Hillclimb Championship Class winner (2018 & ’21) and Regional Club Speed ​​Champion (2015) Gavin Neate.
Looking back, Graham says: “I did a few dirt rallies with a Rover V8 fitted, then changed the engine to a tuned 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbo diesel, installed 9 inches further in the frame. This conversion took about four years, as the project ended with a complete rebuild – the usual “while we’re at it” list grew and included a sequential gearbox, a Fox long-stroke coil on the Discovery shocks and axles with AP racing brakes. . I wanted to create a go-anywhere motorsports car that could get into anything and have fun. As well as gravel stage rallies including Wales Rally GB and tarmac events, I have driven the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​and the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.
For Costin-Hurley, an experienced Indy and F1 car engineer, who will be competing for the 17th time, Barbados is a second home, having offered his wife Melissa a catamaran cruise on one of their first trips. Five-time class winner, he returns with one of his favorite co-drivers, Clubman Motorsport’s Rob Brook, in his self-built Puma with 300hp 2-litre turbo, rear-wheel drive, Sierra running gear and Escort WRC. suspension.
Continuous development of the car has continued since the last Costin-Hurley competition in Barbados in 2019: “During the periods of confinement, I have found time for further weight reductions, significantly revised suspension geometry and vastly improved cooling – which was already more than enough, but now it’s even better and highly efficient cooling means more efficient intercooler so hopefully more speed!
This will be micro-brewer Stuart Deeley’s fifth trip to compete in Barbados, having replaced the Celica 205 he drove on his two previous visits behind the wheel of a new one for him 165 formerly owned by the rally driver Swede Ove Andersson, who was the first head of Toyota’s F1 program. With three Association of North West Car Clubs (ANWCC) titles to his name, in 2000, 2002 (Ford Escort MkII) and 2011 (Lotus 62S), Deeley first visited Rally Barbados in 2007, traveling to help John Hardman. In Sol RB12 he finished 35th overall, winning the M5 in one of Hardman’s Nissan Micras, crashed in the Lotus the following year, then finished both events in the Celica. His co-driver will be Andy Doano, a family friend who ticks the Sol Rally Barbados off his to-do list.
Record-breaking anniversary trip for Spencers Britain’s Cheryl Spencer will be making her seventh trip to compete in Barbados this year, when she and her husband Barry field their Vauxhall Astra GSi in Modified 2. . . and mark the 14th anniversary of their seaside wedding in the process. A record among foreign female drivers – only co-driver Fenny Wesselink of the Netherlands has competed more times – Spencer’s latest visit will pit her against the island’s Natya Soodeen in a fight for the prize of best female driver.
After vacationing on the island for the 2007 Rally Barbados, the Spencers decided to come back and compete, a bit of a challenge as they didn’t even own a rally car! Determination won out and after some rally lessons they acquired the Vauxhall Astra GSi driven by Jeff Benstock to win the South West Tarmac Championship. They have since completed the Sol Rally Barbados on five of their six attempts, their only failure being the first, in 2008, when the electrical harness burned. After these successful years, the Astra is currently undergoing a major rebuild before being shipped at the end of April.
Cheryl and Barry were married at The Boatyard in 2008, then renewed their vows at the Fish Fry and Pig Roast Welcome Party in Bushy Park a decade later, having made many friends on the island in the years since. followed.
Cheryl, who celebrated her 60th birthday in January, said: “We are lucky to have so many Bajan sponsors and UK support and we can’t wait to get back, it seems so long since last time. How much longer will I rally? As long as I can put the pedal to the metal!
As well as Dover Beach Hotel, Marco Polo Bar & Grill, SRG Engineering and Stoutes Car Rentals, who have supported the Spencers in the past, their campaign this year is also supported by island companies Niven Distribution Barbados, Niven Eco Oil and Harrogate. Barbados water.


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