Rally Trinidad 2012 – Media Launch

Rally Trinidad 2012 – Media Launch

Rally Trinidad 2012 is hosted by the Trinidad & Tobago Rally Club (TTRC) which is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for Rallying in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the signature event of the 7-event Championship series that is run every year. Rally Trinidad is a very competitive high speed all-gravel stages rally that features the top rally drivers from the Caribbean region competing against teams from Trinidad and Tobago.

Rally Trinidad is a 4-day event that kicks off on Wednesday 28th March with a Scrutineering session at Rallymac Motors, Frederick Settlement, Caroni.  Scrutineering is the first chance for the public to come and see all the cars and meet the teams. The event is free and open to all members of the public.

The Rally begins competitively at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday 30th March where the cars will be competing on a short course on the outskirts of the Stadium in the same manner as the event held last year. There will be a short Opening Ceremony at the Stadium to officially start the Rally as well. This event is also open to all members of the public, no advance tickets will be required, however there is a cover charge of $20.00 per adult (kids under 12 are free).

On Saturday 31st March, the real action starts in the South where the teams hit the gravel for the first time.  The Rally takes the teams through 115 km of gravel terrain on 2 competitive stages in the Cedar Hill and Borde Narve areas (see www.rallytrinidad.com for overhead maps).

On Sunday 1st April, the Rally covers 40 kms consisting of 2 shorter versions of Saturday’s courses, followed in the afternoon by the Street Special in Saith Park Chaguanas and the Prize Giving. The faster of 2 official timed runs in Saith Park Chaguanas will be used to determine the winner of the Mayor’s Cup.

Official Itinerary
> Wednesday 28th March – Scrutineering – Rallymac Motors, Frederick Settlement, Caroni –    2pm to 7pm
> Friday 30th March – Opening Ceremony – Hasely Crawford Stadium – 5pm to 10pm
> Saturday 31st March – Competitive Stages – South Region – 8am to 5pm
> Sunday 1st April – Competitive Stages – South Region – 8am to 2pm, followed by Mayor’s Cup – Saith Park Chaguanas – 3pm to 7pm

The Stages (competitive courses)
Rally Trinidad will be mainly contested over 150 kms of gravel surface roads where the winner is the team with the shortest accumulated elapsed time. There will be 18 stages in total, taking teams on either side of Cipero Road, Manahambre Road and the Ring Road around the Cedar Hill and Borde Narve areas in South Trinidad.  The stages offer a great mix of technical driving and all-out speed, providing a great test of driver and endurance of the cars. Trinidad is home to many great natural resources and we are proud to say that quality rally stages are no different.

There are a number of spectator points that can be easily accessed throughout the weekend and these can be viewed at www.rallytrinidad.com by following the links to the stages.  Admission is free of charge and spectators are advised to walk with their food, drink and umbrellas and we kindly ask that all persons leave the area as clean as they have found it.

The Competitors
The Entry list comprises the best of Trinidad and Tobago along with some of the top names in the Caribbean Region. Coming here for the first time for the Rally in its present format is Jamaican trio Gary Gregg, Jeffrey Panton and Bobby Marshall. Both Gregg and Panton are multiple winners of Rally Jamaica and Gregg won Rally Barbados in 2004.  Marshall is Jamaican’s top 2WD driver who won his class in the 2010 TTRC Championship Season. From Barbados we have Sean Gill competing in a newly built Suzuki SX4 which placed 2nd in Rally Jamaica 2010 to Gregg. Gill has won the 2WD category outright in the region for a number of years.  The foreigners will be up against the likes of John Powell and a number of other top local drivers.  The final list is at 33 teams and is one of the most competitive ever for any local Rally.

To Thank
The TTRC wishes to thank everyone for helping to make this event possible including the marshals who ensure the safety of the event, the sponsors – Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, STAG – a man’s beer, ULTRA – blended to international standards, JUSAMCO, ILLUMINAT, Tropical Power Limited, ILLUMINAT, EMBDC, Sea Freight, Dasani Water, Royal Hotel, members  of the Protective Services, the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, Auto Sport Promotions, Trailblazers 4 x 4, CARS. Thanks also go out to all the volunteers and persons whose hard work and dedication enables us to have a successful event.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Cadiz (TTRC Vice President) – 682-0423

Jackie Alexis (TTRC PRO/Secretary) – 735-7908 / 299-8475

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