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Rally Trinidad 2012 Sunday

Posted By: Robert Cadiz01/04/12No Comments;
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Rally Trinidad 2012 Sunday

Sunday turned out to be a test of nerves with Powell needing to find 18 seconds to catch Gill and Panton just 15 seconds off of Powell. Gregg’s only hope for a podium finish would be a mistake by one of the front runners which would actually materialize late on Sunday. Powell came out a determined competitor and showed his true grit as the lead was cut to 3 seconds after the first 4 stages. Gill was sweeping after being first on Saturday and this proved costly as there was little he could do to hold off the charge by Powell. John found the lead for the first time all Rally on stage 17 where he pulled 7 seconds back on that stage alone. By this time Panton was starting to fly, and was also ahead of Gill for Sunday’s stages. It was then that disaster struck for Gill. With 4 stages to go, and Powell in the lead by 3+ seconds, Gill was on the edge and rolled the car in the Bronte stage. Before Gill’s unfortunate roll, spectators were commenting on every corner that the battle unfolding was undoubtedly the best ever seen on Trinidad’s shores, and possibly even for any gravel Rally in the region. There was no coming back for Gill, and with Panton not having enough stages left to mount a fight, Powell only needed to finish comfortably to take victory. Gregg moved to third as a result in the overall and WRC class finish respectively.

In 2WD, Peyrau managed to claw his way back to be fastest on Sunday but his time on Stage 4 proved to be the decider, and he had to settle for second behind winner Bobby Marshall in the formidable Mitsubishi Colt. Brothers Scott and Sean Sheppard who seemed to be having more fun in their Ford Escort MkII took 3rd place in Group M2 after putting on a dazzling display of rear wheel action all weekend. In Super Modified 4, Reyaz Mohammed continued his winning form, with little threat from the other drivers in class. He has found great consistency and continues to rack up the trophies in his class. Reverse donut king Ansel Ali kept it together to take 2nd in class with veteran Rally driver Franklyn Seegobin adding more silverware to his extremely extensive trophy cabinet.

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