The Chefette Speed Team has been busy over the last few weeks. The final run up to Sol Rally Barbados started with the Shakedown Lime at Chefette's Warren's outlet. It was here that fans got to meet and greet the Speed Team drivers and acquire the latest Speed Team rally merchandise. It was also the time to see Roger's fully rebuilt WR Starlet, the other speed team cars along with entertainment from local performers.
Anticipation for rally action definitely increased the following weekend with the new Rally Show at Simpson's Motors. A showcase for teams and sponsors, the Rally Show afforded fans the opportunity get close to all of the teams and cars participating in the two weeks of rallying. It was also the last chance for the fans to get last minute gear or just spend time with the Speed Team Girls before Flow King of the Hill the following day.
With rain predicted for King of the Hill, drivers needed to get a blistering run in from early to take any advantage of any dry runs. However, the rain did fall intermittently after the first run, making the course tricky with patches of wet. Despite this, all of the Speed Team drivers were able to manage decent results.
Barry was 3rd in SM2 and rounded out the Top 10. It was a challenging day for him, having to use some of Roger's Starlet suspension which made for some unpredictable handling. Roger himself also had challenges to face on the day. A reoccurring gearbox problem saw him stuck in gear for the first run and required him to return to the workshop to perform an emergency fix. By the time he had returned, he had missed a run and the course was wet. Sitting in 65th after the first run, fortune would have it that Roger got a clean, relatively dry run in the final run to put him 1st in SM2 and 8th overall.
Rhett had a flawless day and emerged as fastest 2WD on the day, after being in battle with Dane Skeete. Reflecting on the day and the result, he stated that "The plan today was to feel out the car as we did some development work between the shakedown stages and Flow KoTH. The weather played a big part so we tried to have a go at it in the first run of the day to post a good time, then we had some fun in the wet with some sliding in runs 2 and 3. I'm very happy with this result as the team has really put in a lot of effort and it feels great to win something like this on sheer pace and not really benefit from attrition; feels good for sure!"
With King of the Hill done and dusted, the teams now head on to face the challenge of 3 days of Sol Rally Barbados. Here's to wishing them a safe and successful rally.