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Ford shut of top places in Sol Rally Barbados 2015

Winners: Jeff ‘Fudgie’ Panton and Mike Fennell (Jr); winners of Sol Rally Barbados 2015.

‘First On Rally Day’ or ‘First On Race Day’ it’s Ford. However put, it means winners.

And as the manufacturer locked out the top spots on the final placings on the recently-held Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Sol Rally Barbados, it’s in keeping with Ford’s global history.

Marketing Manager of local Ford dealers McEnearneyQuality Inc. (MQI) Margaret Hoyte it is another proud moment for the brand and in keeping with it’s tried, tested and proven global history

“As the dealers for Ford we share the joy and excitement of the winners as they continue the proud legacy that is Ford’s, which is backed up by the comment “ First On Race Day”, another translation of the word Ford”,  Hoyte added.

From all reports,  she said, it was a good rally; well organised and lived up to the billing which it had and she hopes that all competitors enjoyed themselves; whether they made it to the podium or not, and should start making plans and preparations for next year’s event.

Jamaican’s Jeffrey Panton and Mike Fennell (Jr)  led an overseas lock-out of podium as the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its premier event with a record-breaking entry. 

In the Rubis/Total/Sandals Barbados Ford Focus WRC06, they returned a time of 1 hr. 00.mins 59.71 seconds to win the gruelling 22-stage event which attracted 92 crews from England, Finland,  France, the Republic of Ireland,  Jamaica, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland,  New Zealand, Scotland, Trinidad & Tobago, Wales and host country Barbados.

They were ahead of double European Champion Simon Jean-Joseph by just 2.09 seconds, with former winner Paul Bird third, both in Focus WRC08s.

After the results were made official,  Panton and Fennell (Jr) received their trophies and prizes from Sol Caribbean’s Brand, Communications & External Affairs Manager Gina Cummins, at a packed prizegiving at The Boatyard beach bar in the island’s capital, Bridgetown on June 1. 

Apart from trophies for winning the event, they also won WRC-1 and were the highest-placed overseas 4wd competitors, and each received a Tissot watch from Little Switzerland.

Admitting that Ford has been identified with motorsport across four continents and in most countries around the world, the automaker says that apart from the excitement of the competition, Ford is involved in motorsport because it affords them the opportunity to showcase the true performance capabilities of their cars and technologies in the most testing conditions. 

Ford says that their road car technology has proved itself on some of the world’s most demanding race tracks around the world.

And ‘Formula Ford’ has the longest and most illustrious pedigree of any single-seater championship in the world. Since its introduction in 1967, it has given thousands of young drivers and technicians unrivalled racing experience and started many successful careers in motor racing. 

Formula 1 World Champions Jenson Button, James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher all began in Formula Ford.

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