Rally Jamaica 2011

Rally Jamaica 2011

Flying the T&T flag, John ” Penti” Powell & Nick Telfer created history at last weekends Rally Jamaica. The pair took top honors and removed the trophy from the island for the first time in its 20 year running.Driving his newly acquired Subaru s14 Wrc machine for first time on Gravel, Powell won the rally for the first time in 11 attempts. Finishing a very close 2nd was Barbados’s Sean Gill/Michael “Zippy” Cummings, followed by Gary “The Colonel” Gregg/Hugh Hutshinson and wrapping up the top 4, Jeffrey Panton/Michael Fennell Jr.

In one of the closest battles the region has ever seen, Powell & Gill exchanged times throughout the 2 days, up the the penultimate stage both could have taken it. Powell however took the bragging rights heading into the streets of Kingston, sending the TnT Rally enthusiasts into a state of ecstasy. Gary Gregg , who many claim hasn’t been himself since his high speed run off at Rally Trinidad had a a few costly mistakes and was never really up to speed with the two front runners. Driving Powell’s Mitsubishi evolution 10 for the first time, Jeffrey Panton showed total car control, wowing the thousands of spectators and proving why he is one of the best in the Caribbean.

TnT’s duo of Ainsley Lochan & Robert Cadiz had bad luck on their side, blowing the engine of their borrowed Mitsubishi Colt before lunch on the first day. The 2wd class was won by the impressive Thomas Hall & Dmitri Dawkins in a Toyota Starlet. Crowd favorites in this class where Daryl King/Rameses Mc Gregor and the always entertaining team from Scotland in there 1959 Ford Anglia, Allan MacKay & Mo Downey.

With a field of 26 cars facing the starter, only half the field managed to finish the intense rally, but the battle at the top was more than enough to make this a most memorable event.



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