Sol Rally Barbados Teams with ESPR
Sol RB14-18-ESPR: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 28, 2014
SOL RALLY BARBADOS PRIZE TRIPS FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Barbados Rally Club (BRC) has stepped up its worldwide promotion of Sol Rally Barbados 2014 by joining forces with event organisers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In association with the island’s private-sector Tourism Development Corporation (TDC), the Club is offering three motor sport volunteers an all-expenses-paid return trip to the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport international.
The Club is renewing its association with the Circuit of Ireland (April 17-19), which is for the first time a round of the revamped FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), while initiating a new partnership with the Empire State Performance Rally (April 26-27), currently the only tarmac event in the United States.
The BRC is celebrating the 25th running of its premier event, which is scheduled for May 30-June 1, with Scotiabank King of the Hill and Simpson Motors Scrutineering the previous weekend (May 24/25). From small beginnings as the International All-Stage Rally in 1990, the BRC’s premier event – www.rallybarbados.net – has grown into a key component of the island’s vital sports-tourism product, with a starters list of around 100 cars, more than one-third from overseas.
Based just 80 miles north of New York City, ESP Rally counts toward the Atlantic Rally Cup and the NASA National Rally Championship; this year’s 16 special stages include two at the exclusive Monticello Motor Club. Although longer, it is similar in character to Sol Rally Barbados, which is a tarmac event run on closed public roads, starting for the first time this year with a SuperSpecial Stage on Friday evening.
ESP Rally organisers attended Sol RB13 on a fact-finding trip, as a number of New York’s Irish rallying community were entered. Rally Chairman Fran Gager said: “Our trip to Barbados was a great adventure and we are looking forward to working with the guys down there, as I believe it will be positive for both of us. We enjoyed a fantastic welcome, so we know that whichever one of our volunteers wins the prize is not going to come home disappointed.”
At each event, the prize draw will be administered by the organisers; the winners – two in Ireland, one in the US – will be selected at random for a trip to Sol RB14, the prize including return flights, accommodation and a shared rental car.
Neil Barnard, the BRC’s PRO, said: “Our five-year association with the TDC has enabled us to promote our event, and Barbados as a destination, to the rally-centric Irish with great success; Ireland has been our principal growth area in terms of competitors, with more than 60 new participants in the past three years.
“It makes perfect sense, with our New York Irish connections, to extend our promotion to the ESP Rally, and we are delighted that, once again, we are able to recognise the hard-working volunteers without whom motor sport the world over simply would not function.”
Sol Rally Barbados and Scotiabank King of the Hill are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 55th Anniversary in 2012; Sol RB14 is the 25th running of the Club’s annual International All-Stage Rally and marks the seventh year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company.
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