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Armstrong wins Night sprint
By Corey Greaves
Tricky conditions under the cover of darkness saw Saturday’s Summer Nights Tarmac Sprint being decided in the final run of the event.
With dry conditions finally prevailing, Neil Armstrong at the helm of the Suzuki SX4 WRC not only made the right tyre choice, but also turned in a blistering final run to capture the provisional victory of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) final tarmac event of the season.
Everyone was trailing Dean Serrao by no less than two seconds with one run to go and with the uncertainty of the weather, it meant that conditions were constantly changing.
But the rain held off just enough for the final run and Armstrong’s one minute 49.27 seconds was the fastest time of the evening.
Second place went to Roger ‘The Sheriff’ Skeete, who survived a right front tyre blowout in the S12 Subaru Impreza WRC while he was speeding along at over 100 miles. The tyre destroyed the fender, but luckily nothing else.
In his final run, ‘The Sheriff’ took about 18 seconds off his first official run time and finished just over a second behind Armstrong with a time of one minute 50.41 secs.
Making his return after the issues with the Ford Focus WRC had been finally rectified was Paul ‘The Surfer’ Bourne.
He had been in ripping form at the opening of the 2013 season, but had been out of action just before Sol Rally Barbados.
With some clear rust to get rid of, Bourne shaved 14 seconds off his previous best time and also managed to finish split seconds behind Skeete with a time of one minute 50.44 seconds.
Having turned in a stellar performance just before the third and final run, Serrao had to settle for his second run time being his fastest. He admitted that during his final run he was a bit untidy, which saw him seven seconds slower despite the drier conditions.
He just managed to hold off Roger ‘The Ninja’ Hill by mere split seconds. Hill had his share of problems as well. A misfire during his first run had to be rectified and then the wet/dry conditions did not help in the second run. His third and final run of one minute 54.77 secs was also his fastest time and earned him fifth overall.
The fastest two-wheel drive on the night went to Rhett Watson in his BMW M3. He finished sixth overall, edging out seventh place Ian Warren (Suzuki Swift) and eighth place Josh Read (Toyota Starlet).
Dane Skeete in his Peugeot Maxi was ninth and rounding off the top ten was Geoffrey Noel.