A newly formed British rallying team, Weir Rallying UK, will be waving the Welsh flag at Sol Rally Barbados 2018 this summer.
The rally team is made up of a very experienced and popular group, Team Principal Rob Weir (Father), Co-driver Ross Weir (son), and Driver Rallying champion Dave Jenkins (Dave Jenkins Motorsport).
The Chepstow-based team is backed by the Weir family of brands, HJ Weir Engineering a Welsh (British) manufacturer and exporter of large commercial and industrial laundry machines.
With a complete re-brand and brand new car build consisting of a Ford Escort Mark2,. Engine 2-litre BDG, coupled 5-speed ZF gearbox and coupled Atlas axle.
Sol Rally Barbados Chairman Mark Hamilton says: “We’re delighted that the Weir family are coming back to Barbados, where I know that they have made many friends during their previous visits. While I am sorry to hear that Rob will not be behind the wheel again, it is great news that he is getting so much pleasure out of the role of team boss and supporting son Ross as he develops in motor sport.
The TR7 with its growling V8 was a big hit with our fans, but as I’m a bit of an Escort man myself, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Dave Jenkins has built for the team . . . and what he can do with it once he gets here.”
On the prospects for this year’s 29th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event, Hamilton added: “I am pleased to report that initial entries are spectacular in both quality and quantity, with the makings of one of the most competitive and largest fields ever seen. Our organising committees and volunteers have already been hard at work for some months and I am confident that their efforts will produce an event worthy of the title Rally Barbados.”
Here’s what has happened at Sol Rally Barbados before for the Weir’s:
- 2012 – Rob, with Ross co-driving, finished 34th overall and second in the Modified 8-A class in the Subaru Impreza
- 2013 – Rob, with Ross co-driving, finished 46th overall and second in the International Historic class in the Triumph TR7 V8
- 2014 – Rob Smith, with Ross co-driving, did not finish in the Subaru Impreza
- 2015 – Rob Smith, with Paul Willetts co-driving, finished 26th overall and second in the International Historic class in the Triumph TR7 V8
- 2015 – Ross was co-driver for Roger Duckworth in a Subaru Impreza WRC S6 – retired with gearbox failure