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2017 Official Results

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Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennell Jnr survived a late-afternoon scare on the final day of Sol Rally Barbados 2017 to claim a hat-trick of victories in their Ford Focus WRC06, leading home only the fourth podium lock-out by overseas competitors in the 28-year history of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) blue riband event. Despite a heavy hit on the final pass through Padmore, costing 15 seconds compared with their previous run, they had built up a sufficient margin to win by 1m 15.69s.

 Regular British visitors filled the next three places: second for Rob Swann and Darren Garrod (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) equalled their best result, while Roger Duckworth (Impreza S6), co-driven by Alun Cook, claimed his first podium and a fourth win in WRC-2. He had been up to 9secs behind Kevin Procter and Andrew Roughead (Ford Fiesta) earlier in the day, but a determined charge in the afternoon carried him past on the final Malvern, leaving Procter only the two kilometres inside Bushy Park Barbados to claw back the time; although he failed to do so, Procter still equalled his best result.

  For only the third time, the highest-placed local crew finished fifth, 13-time winner of the island’s premier event Roger Skeete discovering too late in the day what had been hampering the speed of his Impreza S12B. In a visibly-committed display, he won the final stage by 0.5sec, to the delight of the huge crowd that had assembled at Bushy Park for the finish and after-party, he and Louis Venezia reprising their fifth-place finish of 2015, when Finland’s Toni Gardemeister placed fourth.

 Panton said: "The win is a little bitter-sweet, because we damaged the car, but the result is what counts and it's three in a row. I'm surprised at the nature of it, though. I knew we had an advantage and we'd be able to put down some good times, but I was surprised by the amount of time we put on, for sure."

 Barry Mayers and Ben Norris (Ford Fiesta) were the highest-placed two-wheel-drive crew, finishing seventh overall, after a dominant early run from Dane Skeete and Tyler Mayhew (Peugeot 306 Maxi) ended with engine failure. Justin Campbell and Juan Watts (BMW M3) were second, with Andrew Jones and Lindsey Pilkington (Ford Escort MkII) third. Expect the date for Sol Rally Barbados 2018 to be confirmed towards the end of August, so stay tuned!