Saturday, December 16, 2017

Panton ready for Rally Trinidad

In-form Jeffrey Panton of Jamaica will attempt to steer his World Rally Champion (WRC) Ford Focus to another victory when the Rally Trinidad 13 peels off on March 22 from 5 p.m. at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Panton will be one of eight foreign competitors from a field of 32 putting pedal to metal when the competition begins after the opening ceremony 22.

But Panton will be hard-pressed by Trinidad and Tobago's John Powell in the seat of his WRC Subaru, and Barbadians Dean Serrao (WRC Ford Escort Cosworth) and Neil Armstrong (WRC Suzuki SX4). Powell is the defending champ after winning Rally Trinidad 12, with Panton second.

But first there will be the scrutineering event on March 20, where officials will ensure the racing vehicles meet international safety standards at the Mosportt Bar and Grill in Caroni from 3 p.m. prior to the team briefing.

On March 23, the races move down South from 8 a.m with ten stages (five forward and five reverse) at Bronte and Cedar Hill. On March 24, the racers are back at Bronte from 8 a.m. then 1 p.m. they travel to Milton Couva for the Jack and Jill stages, nicknamed for their constant drops and inclines.

Admission to those races is free, but at the stadia, adult tickets are $40.