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Panton-Fennell team gets home by a whisker

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 6:00 AMMarc Stamp
Jeffrey PantonIan Allen/Staff PhotographerMotorsport enthusiast, Dane Martin (right), getting some tips on rally driving from defending Rally Jamaica champion Jeffrey Panton at the Tru-Juice Orchards, Bog Walk, St Catherine yesterday courtesy of The Gleaner.

Jeffrey Panton and co-driver Mike Fennell Jr narrowly won the Sol Barbados International All-stage Rally motor sport that started last Friday and ended on Sunday.

The Jamaican crew got home by just 2.09 seconds, which is the closest finish since the event started in 1990. They won ahead of double European champion, France's Simon Jean Joseph, in a highly competitive event.

"It was the strongest field in the history of the event, as Joseph is a former professional driver. It was a great accomplishment. The rally was so close with the top three finishers separated by close margins," Panton told The Gleaner yesterday morning.

"This is the first time we have won since way back in 1998, although with a different crew. We will continue to do rally in Jamaica. Then next year, we will head to Trinidad for the rally there," he added.

Panton's car was sponsored by Rubis, Sandals Barbados and Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG).

He had special 'big ups' to the sponsors, supporters and crew for making it possible.

sporting brand

Panton is a record eight-time Rally Jamaica winner, and also two-time Caribbean Rally champion.

Rally Barbados is the Caribbean's biggest annual international motor sport event, and attracted more than 90 crews from the Caribbean and other countries outside the region.

It is one of the strongest sporting brand names in the region, particularly for visitors from Europe, and a major contributor to Barbados' sports tourism.