Author: Dewayne Thomas

Author: Dewayne Thomas

My coverage of WRC Germany 2014!

My coverage of WRC Germany 2014!

I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 leg of the WRC/ADAC FIA Rallye Deutschland this year. The rally started off with Sebastian Ogier in the lead followed by Jari Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen; which seemed to predict a simple 1,2,3 for the Volkswagon Motorsport Team.

Rally Trinidad 2013 Day 2

Rally Trinidad 2013 Day 2

The High Speed Stages began at 9:00am and the event began with 25 competitors, missing Dean Serrao and Colin Khan. The tough conditions of the high intensity stages did not deter the teams and they rallied on through the up and downs , sharp corners and dusty straights Bronte and Cedar Hill are notorious for. The WRC cars were back and forth trading times with John Powell and James Betts not too far behind. Casualties of Day 2 were : Peter Morris (electrical fire), Gobin Mahadeo (turbo failure/fire), Colin Khan (engine), Devendra Nath (engine) and Prentice Ali (double crash).

Rally Trinidad 2013 Day 1

Rally Trinidad 2013 Day 1

TTRC kicked off its premiere event, Rally Trinidad 2013 last Friday in the Hasley Crawford Stadium. This year the stadium was set up a bit differently from previous years. The competitors showed their skills when going through the new layout with lots of sideways action with the sounds of screeching tyres and anti lag, providing many opportunities for the media to get some fantastic shots.

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.

Rally Trinidad 2012 – Start @ National Stadium

Rally Trinidad 2012 – Start @ National Stadium

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).

TTRC Rally Finale 2011 – Reform

TTRC Rally Finale 2011 – Reform

After a disastrous start in the previous rally, on his much anticipated return to rallying – Ainsley “Mr. Action” Lochan with co-driver Robert Cadiz, in his STAG/ULTRA/JOSEF’s EVO IX, showed his top rivals that he is still a force to be reckoned with, by winning the final rally aptly named Rally Finale Reformed, albeit a slim margin over the Shell Helix/Intercontinental Shipping sponsored EVO X of John Powell and Jason Costelloe.

TTRC – State of Rally, Cedar Hill

TTRC – State of Rally, Cedar Hill

John “Penti” Powell co-driven by Jason Costelloe were victorious again at another TTRC championship rally event at Cedar Hill. Jason last co-drive for John when they both won at Rally Trinidad 2011. Latiff Khan again impressed taking top spot in group 3-A., Reyaz Mohammed for the 2nd consecutive rally took first place in group 2-4, and Donald Gopaul was the fastest 2 wheel drive on the day.