Author: Robert Cadiz

Author: Robert Cadiz

5-Team Trini contingent head to Rally Jamaica 2012

5-Team Trini contingent head to Rally Jamaica 2012

5 T&T crews are heading to compete at Rally Jamaica 2012 this weekend. The Jamaican leg of the “Caribbean Rally Championship” is a very similar format to Trinidad with 4-6 different stages being run over Saturday and Sunday, and a tarmac super special in Kingston to close off the Rally. The local boys should be at home with the surface and once they finish they should place well.

Powell begins his attack of the WRC Rally Spain

Powell begins his attack of the WRC Rally Spain

John Powell began his attack of the WRC Rally Spain 2012 this morning with the all the hope and pride of local motorsport fans. He started amongst the world’s best including 9-time and current World Champion Sebastien Loeb, and multiple winner and Ford teammate Petter Solberg. Driving for Team Ford M-Sport, Powell had 2 practice runs this morning followed by the qualifying stage which determines the start order for Rally Spain.

Powell will drive for Ford M-Sport at Rally Spain 2012!

Powell will drive for Ford M-Sport at Rally Spain 2012!

Yes people it is 100% true. Trinidad’s very own John ‘Penti’ Powell will drive for M-SPORT Team Ford at Rally de Espana on November 8-11, 2012. John received the invitation last week from them, and it was officially published this morning on http://www.fia.com (check the news releases to the right hand side of the page – or click http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/pr … s-esp.aspx).

Carib Great Race 2012

Carib Great Race 2012

The Carib Beer Great Race 2012 was hyped to be one of the best ever seen in the event’s 44 year history and the event did not disappoint. Fire One throttled by Guy Costa and driven by stand-in driver James Hadeed (driver of 2010 winner HeatWave) crossed the line in 1:24:46, also winning the 120mph class in the process.

THA/TTRC Rally Tobago 2012

THA/TTRC Rally Tobago 2012

Sometimes you get to a point where events are just one after another, and results follow what is to be expected with the same faces on the podium. But then we have Rally Tobago, which is done at a totally different pace, and the vibe that results is one that reminds us the beauty about being involved with a great Club, and a great Sport… RALLYING!

POWELL and FENNELL compete in 2012 NACAM Rally Championship

POWELL and FENNELL compete in 2012 NACAM Rally Championship

TTRC driver and 2012 Rally Trinidad Winner John ‘Penti’ Powell has teamed up with Jamaican co-driver Michael Fennell (Panton’s navi) to contest the FIA NACAM Rally Championship. The TRI/JAM team touched down in Mexico yesterday to do the first round of the Championship this weekend in Puebla Mexico.

Rally Trinidad 2012 – Mayor’s Cup at Saith Park

Rally Trinidad 2012 – Mayor’s Cup at Saith Park

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.

Rally Trinidad 2012 Sunday

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.