After two days of fun, drama and skill, the Jamaican pair of Jeffrey Panton and co-driver Mike Fennell Jr were declared provisional winners of the FIA/NACAM/JMMC Rally Jamaica 2015 motorsport event, which concluded yesterday afternoon on the waterfront, downtown Kingston. It underlined another triumphant year for Panton and Fennel, who have had a successful stint in rallying across the region in 2015. The two have had their fair share of successes on the Barbados circuit. “Though it is a win, it is not satisfying for me because one of our main competitors, John Powell, took ill and could take no further part yesterday. We were looking forward to the rivalry,” Panton told The Gleaner, shortly after arriving safely at the Bank of Nova Scotia car park, downtown Kingston. At the lunch halt in Bog Walk yesterday, Panton explained how he had to be extremely cautious negotiating the terrains on the latter stages on Saturday because the course had become slippery as a result of the rain. “We were very cautious, hence we were able to accumulate a comfortable lead coming into this morning (yesterday), said Panton, who drove one of the two WRC Ford Focus cars. According to Panton, he intends to have dialogue with a number of the top drivers in the region, with a view to staging a regional rally championship next year. Up to press time, in second place was the French team of Simon Jean Joseph and co-driver Jack Boyere, driving a 2008 Ford Focus WRC. “It is a pleasure to be here rallying with the boys. The rally has been very good, even though there was not much competition. There was no battle. We had a difficult start on Saturday, but we pulled through. We were expecting a bit more spectators. Among the things that I wanted to achieve today (yesterday) was to demonstrate to the public how we can use a small car like this and do a good job,” Jean-Joseph told The Gleaner during the lunch period. Unofficially, in third place was Jetcon’s Joel Jackson and Dmitri Dawkins, driving a 2008 Subaru STI. Approaching the final stage in Bog Walk, last year’s winners, Kyle Gregg and co-driver Hugh Hutchinson, were occupying third place, but a sudden downpour, combined with other acts of nature, took down a tree, which fell into the path of Gregg’s 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10. They were on to the final leg in downtown Kingston when this happened. That was the end of the rally for them. The organisers are expected to announce the respective winners, officially, this evening, during the prize-giving ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston. Happy overall
For more information or tickets, call Stephanie Milano at (562) 945-3944. Date for Family Fitness Day set WHITTIER – Spring Family Fitness Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at Adventure County Park, 10130 S. Gunn Ave. There will be face painting, crafts, bingo and a fundraising raffle, as well as fitness games for all ages. A flea market will also take place. Teens will be selling hot dogs, nachos, lemonade and baked goods. WHITTIER – The American Red Cross-Rio Hondo chapter will hold its 16th annual Celebrity Chefs Event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Norwalk Marriott Hotel, 13111 Sycamore Drive. Local restaurateurs will offer tastes of their finest dishes and vintners will pour premium wine selections. There will also be live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Firefighters from Montebello, Santa Fe Springs, Downey and Los Angeles County will also participate in a culinary cook-off. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Children will also be able to register for summer camp. For more information, or for those who would like a spot to sell items at the flea market, call the park at (562)698-7645. Group to hold carnival fundraiser LA MIRADA – The annual “4 La Mirada Kids Carnival,” featuring entertainment food, rides and games for the whole family, will take place April 20-22 at Benton Middle School. Pre-sale ride tickets are now available for $10. They may be purchased at the La Mirada Resource Center with cash or checks only. Advance ticket sales end April 18. Carnival hours will be5 to 11 p.m. April 20; from noon to 11 p.m. April 21; and 1 to 9 p.m. April 22. La Mirada Community Services Foundation is sponsoring the event to raise money for youth groups and community organizations in La Mirada. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Classes taught at parks, local centers WHITTIER – The Community Services Department is offering a variety of classes – ranging from belly dancing to knitting – this spring at local parks and community centers. Fees range from $14 to $150. Courses will be taught on the Argentine tango, piano, Stroller Strides for parents with babies, and sign-language. Sites include the Whittier Community Center, and Palm and Parnell parks. For more information, call (562)464-3430. Free line dancing lessons offered LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 and its Ladies Auxiliary offer a free line dancing class from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at its facility, 13932 Valley View Ave. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Professor wins leadership award WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College professor Jay Sunyogh, part of the college’s Architectural and Engineering Design Drawing and Computer Assisted Design and Drawing (CADD) program, won the 2007 Leadership Award from the U.S. Computer Aided Design Society. Sunyogh, who has been at Rio Hondo for 27 years, has been involved with microcomputer CADD systems for over 24 years, working with or teaching such CADD programs as AutoCAD, MicroStation, VersaCAD, and Anvil. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!