DUCKWORTH, PROCTER BACK FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS

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Kevin Procter jumps his Ford Fiesta S2000T for cameraman Nicholas Bhajan in Sol RB18, when he finished fourth for the second year in a row
Roger Duckworth’s recently-acquired Ford Fiesta R5 in the workshop awaiting its new Technia livery

DUCKWORTH, PROCTER BACK FOR SOL RALLY BARBADOS

Entries flowing in for BRC Shakedown Double Header

Two of the UK’s most popular competitors, Roger Duckworth and Kevin Procter, will clock up 24 visits between them when they return for Sol Rally Barbados 2022. And Procter is introducing a new generation to the event, forming a two-car team with his nephew Joe Cunningham. As the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) celebrates its 65th Anniversary, Sol RB22 is scheduled for the weekend of June 4 & 5, with King of the Hill on the previous Sunday (May 29).
  For former ANCRO National Champion Duckworth, who finished second in Sol RB19 – his best result - a return this year looked unlikely: “This is even more last minute than usual but I was keen to do Barbados again, but the Goodwood Festival of Speed is too close for shipping my Subaru back in time. So, I have just got a MkI Fiesta R5, partly driven by the fact that if I wanted to do a bit more rallying than I have for the past few years, I really ought to retire the ‘Old Girl’ and only bring her out for events like FoS.”
  Duckworth’s R5, which will be sponsored by Technia and co-driven by Mark Broomfield, has been campaigned since new by Stephen Simpson, who won the 2019 Neil Howard Stages at Oulton Park by 37 seconds from Andy Scott, who was driving Procter’s Fiesta that day. He has had little seat time in his first Ford rally car for 25 years: “I managed a few miles of testing last week on a bit of broken up airfield perimeter track, so I have at least got the seat and belts to fit prior to putting it on the boat next week.”
  Duckworth has been rallying since 1989 in a variety cars, including Daihatsu and Ford – he had a very quick home-built Ford Sierra 4x4 V6 – but has remained faithful to Subaru since 1997 . . . until now. He finished 11th overall and highest-placed amateur that year in the Network Q RAC Rally, in his first season in an Impreza 555, then won the 1998 Mintex National Rally Championship in the same car. Duckworth then acquired the Impreza WRC that Colin McRae drove to victory the ’97 Network Q, before it was replaced by the ex-Juha Kankkunen car familiar to island fans and in which he has finished in all but one of his eight visits, winning WRC-2 on four occasions.
  Procter will be competing for the 15th time since 2003, with 10 finishes in the top 10 to his credit and only four DNFs, including most recently in Sol RB19, when his first stage win in the island looked set be followed by an elusive podium finish until his gearbox let go on Saturday’s final stage, when he was second. He has competed in seven different cars, a Hyundai, two Subarus and four Fords and Fiesta S2000T in which he finished fourth in Sol RB17 & ’18, now in a striking new Temsa livery. Co-driver will be Patrick Walsh, who shared that disappointing Sol RB19 retirement with Procter and also Simpson’s Oulton Park victory in the Fiesta now owned by Duckworth.
  With co-driver Josh Beer, Joe Cunningham will compete in the WRC class, driving the Fiesta S2000T in which Graham Coffey finished seventh in Sol RB19, when his co-driver was Jack Morton, who returns this year sitting with Frank Bird. Cunningham was a regular Class A winner in his Vauxhall Corsa in the early days of the circuit-based Motorsport News Championship and has recently shown his talent in a 2-litre Fiesta R5, winning the 2021 Phoenix Stages amid a handful of podium results, including second place to Bird and Morton at Oulton Park last November.
  Cunningham says: “I’m really looking forward to the trip and, as there is no class for my 2-litre R5, we have managed to get a deal together to drive Graham Coffey’s S2000 turbo car. I have to thank Graham for putting his trust in me and Procters Luxury Coach Hire for the support. I hope we can do them proud.”

Entries flowing in for BRC Shakedown Double Header

Just a day before the closing date, entries are flowing in for the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Shakedown Double Header on Sunday (April 24), which marks the club’s return to road rallying for the first time since December 2020. In a busy week for Michelle King, Office Manager of Motorsport Services, which provides administration for most of the island’s clubs, entries for Sol Rally Barbados 2022 also close on Friday of this week.
  The first event in the Double Header, the opening two rounds of the BRC Driver’s & Class Championships, is scheduled to start at 11.30am, running southbound from Malvern to Wilson Hill; there will be four runs, without a practice, and the fastest time will count. There will be the customary break to allow for lunch and for the stage crews to prepare for the reverse running of the stage, when there will again be four runs.
  The Shakedown Double Header is also the fifth round of the new BMF R5 Rally Championship presented by First Citizens, but it will be scored as a Stage Rally, the results based on accumulated times over the eight runs, rather than the fastest time from each direction being applied.

Sol Rally Barbados and King of the Hill are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrates its 65th Anniversary in 2022; Sol RB22 marks the 15th year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company.

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