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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 3

Rally Trinidad 2013 Day 3

Day 3 of RT13 saw the return of battle-ready teams who missed out on some of the previous day’s stages. The day saw one of the longest stages ever run in Rally Trinidad with a crisscross layout across Bronte. These four stages were run back-to-back and were the key deciding factor for the winner of RT13. The length of the stage and the level of difficulty proved to be a good test of the teams’ endurance and skill. Casualites were Cristian Bourne (gearbox failure), Latiff Khan and Zak Waddell just to mention a few. The popular spectator stage, Jack and Jill incurred no casualties and the teams completed two of the four stages and then proceeded to Tarouba Stadium.

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.

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 and Fennell look to WRC 2013!

Powell and Fennell look to WRC 2013!

After getting their proverbial feet wet in the World Rally Championship level just a couple of days ago with Rally de Espana 2012, John Powell and co-driver Mike Fennel may have to actually drive in ice come next year at WRC Rally Sweden with FORD M-Sport. According to T&T`s Powell, you may have to mark February 7-10, 2013 on the calendar as he heads to Sweden with FORD M-Sport.

Powell gets a dose of WRC fever

Powell gets a dose of WRC fever

SPAIN. John Powell, Trinidad and Tobago’s top rally driver had his first full-fledged experience on the Gandesa, Pesells 1 and Terra Alta 1 WRC stages in Cataluna, Spain on Friday morning. Local media teams from Trinidad & Tobago were positioned at the start of the first stage and observed Powell and Jamaican co-driver Mike Fennell Jr. in fine form compared to the previous day’s practice and qualifying runs driving the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC.

Caribbean Rally Team to begin Shakedown in Spain

Caribbean Rally Team to begin Shakedown in Spain

SALOU, SPAIN. After a hectic morning of qualifying stages in Salou, both WRC driver John Powell and navigator Mike Fennel are ready for the shakedown stages driving a WRC Ford Fiesta RS. With Thursday’s qualifying session permitting two complete passes of free practice and one complete pass in an attempt to set the fastest time possible in championship order, Powell and Fennel churned up a reasonable time 12 seconds behind leader Sebastien Loeb.