Petcom Stages Rally Jamaica 2008 Report

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The premier motorsport event on the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club calendar took place on the weekend of December 5-7 2008.  Dubbed the Petcom Stages Rally, massive crowds gathered at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica on the afternoon of Friday December 5th to witness the preliminary challenge of a two lap sprint around the National Stadium.  Accompanied by the Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica to show support, the duo of Ricardo Trivinio and Checo Salom representing Mexico in their Peugeot 206 WRC were competing in the event for the first time. However, they were to face serious competition over the following two days as the potent pair of Roger ‘The Sherriff’ Skeete and Robert Simmons of Barbados were campaigning a Subaru Imprezza WRC, as well as Paul ‘Surfer’ Bourne and Stuart Maloney in a similar Subaru, also of Barbados were intent on relieving Jamaica of the coveted overall 1st place trophy.  Jamaica was however well represented in the JA9 class, as reigning champions Gary ‘The Colonel’ Gregg and Hugh Hutchinson in their Ford Focus WRC were prepared to go to great lengths to ensure that the championship is retained in Jamaica.  Gary was not to be alone, as Jeffrey ‘Fudgy’ Panton and Mike Fennel Jr. upgraded their ride since last year to return with a Ford Focus WRC.  With five WRC machines entering the event that boasted a total of 41 entrants, motorsport enthusiasts came out in their numbers to see Energy Minister Clive Mullings wave of some cars to officially start the event. (more…)

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