Flying the T&T flag high, John “Penti” Powell has won Rally Trinidad 2012. After a 3 day battle mostly with Sean Gill of Barbados, Gary Gregg and Jeff Panton from Jamaica, John managed to climb his way to the top in his S14 WRC Impreza. Gill was leading most of the rally over the 3 days, however a tragic roll on Bronte in his WRC SX-4 cost Gill the entire rally.Full Story
The Rally finished with the remaining competitors putting on a show for the Mayor of Chaguanas, in the ever popular Mayor’s Cup in Saith Park. The short 1.4km tarmac super special was packed to a capacity crowd, and of course it was donut time to bring Rally Trinidad 2012 to a fitting close. Jeffrey Panton deftly powered through the streets of Chaguanas to win the Mayor’s Cup with the fastest time and received his award from the Mayor His Worship Orlando Nagessar.Full Story
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.Full Story
Saturday morning saw Sean Gill make a slight calculation error with his check in time and was penalized 4 seconds making the margin now 13 seconds difference between him and Powell. With Panton sweeping the course, and Gill following second off the line, the WRC battle began with Powell clawing time back almost every stage before lunch. Gregg was noticeably off the pace but he could do little as the front 3 were in all relatively newer machines.Full Story
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).Full Story
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Rally Trinidad is a 4-day event that kicks off on Thursday 29th March with a Scrutineering session at a to-be-determined location in South Trinidad. Scrutineering is the first chance for the public to come and see all the cars and meet the teams as the event is free and open to all members of the public.Full Story
With the start of the rally on Friday, 3 of the WRC teams contesting the rally did a small shakedown just to make sure things are in order. For Jeffery Panton, it was his first time in his newly accquired WRC 06 Focus. Also on hand was Trevor “Micey” Manning [...]Full Story