Maloney, Panton in battle for R5 Rally

Reigning champion Stuart Maloney of Barbados heads into the summer break leading the 2023 R5 Rally Championship, presented by First Citizens, by a slender seven points from Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton.

This follows the season’s marquee events – First Citizens King of the Hill (June 4) and Sol Rally Barbados (June 9-11).

With four scoring rounds run, the island’s first ever national motor sport championship, administered by the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF), is now on pause until round seven in early September.

New Zealanders Hayden Paddon and John Kennard (Hyundai i20 R5) won both events while other non-scoring guest entries were Ireland’s Ollie O’Donovan (i20 R5) and United Kingdom’s Roger Duckworth (Ford Fiesta R5).

Barbadian FIA Formula 2 driver Zane Maloney also drove a Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo from the family stable in Sol Rally Barbados, which benefited from a revised points structure this year and heightened competition among the R5 regulars. (PR)

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