Panton out to do it a sixth time

Five-time winner of the island’s premier event, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton is eagerly looking forward to some close competition in Sol Rally Barbados, which he will enter this year for the first time in the growing FIA R5 class.

As the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) marks its 65th anniversary, this year’s event is scheduled for June 4 and 5, with King of the Hill preceding on Sunday, May 29.

With his long-standing co-driver Mike Fennell Jr, Panton is hoping for some much-needed seat time ahead of the 32nd running of the BRC’s blue riband event.

“I’m excited for the season and some close and competitive racing within the R5 class that will undoubtedly push us to be on top of our game.”

Since his first experience competing in an R5-spec Ford Fiesta two years ago at Cadwell Park, when tricky conditions and then mechanical issues frustrated an otherwise upbeat day, Panton returned to the WRC class in Barbados. (EZS/PR)

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