Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Rally Trinidad 2012 – Start @ National Stadium

Posted By: Robert Cadiz30/03/12No Comments;
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Rally Trinidad 2012 – Start @ National Stadium

Rally Trinidad 2012 has definitely proved to have exceeded all expectations.

From the Friday evening opening in the Hasely Crawford Stadium, one could see the hype was building, and service park area was full of life with some of the best Rally machinery in the Caribbean today. John Powell’s WRC Subaru S14 (Shell Helix / Intercontinental Shipping) was hot topic as it was compared to the visiting competition of Jamaican’s Jeffrey Panton (Ford Focus WRC06 – Total Lubricants) and Gary Gregg (Ford Focus WRC05), and the ever formidable Bajan opposition of Sean Gill’s Suzuki SX4 WRC06 (Shell V-Power / Monster / Lifestyle Motors / Virgin Atlantic). Also on display was John Powell’s Evo X which was generously lent out to Bajan gravel specialist Trevor ‘Micey’ Manning. All the local favourites were showing off their colours as well with Stuart Johnson, David Coelho, Cristian Bourne and Mark Williams, all hoping to outclass top visiting drivers Manning, Betts, and Morley. The battle in 4WD promised to be epic and so it began. 2WD was hotly contested as well with a great fight brewing between Jamaican Bobby Marshall (Mitsubishi Colt – Total Lubricants), Ryan Peyrau (Suzuki Swift Sport – Lifestyle Motors / Monster / Shell / Ventura Auto) and Devi Nath (Toyota Starlet).

The action began with the ever popular Stadium stage with 2 competitive runs through a short 1.3km stage. First off the line was Jeffrey Panton as 2011 defending Rally Trinidad Champion. It was evident that Panton needed some seat time to get familiar with his new ride as he was down a few seconds to the rest of the WRC field from the first stage. John Powell led the charge with Sean Gill hot on his heels, only second to Powell by 0.7 seconds. Devi Nath in the Starlet was very impressive leading 2WD, probably using all of his Solodex skills in the process. The first 2 stages went largely without surprise, excepting John Powell’s very costly mistake of a spin on Stage 2 handing Sean Gill a 17 second lead going into Saturday. Besides Junior Phillips taking the 2 front wheels off of his Hyundai Scoupe, the opening night of Rally Trinidad was without any major incident. The fans came out in their numbers and the action was superb.

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