Barff on pole in Dubai race but car disappoints

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MOTORSPORT: Rob Barff was a retirement from the Dubai 24-Hour Race last weekend but had qualified with his Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 on pole position for the race, writes Colin Beckett.

Barff clocked the fastest time of the qualifying session in the dying seconds of final practice to place himself at the top of the times for the race. Sadly the car failed during the event itself, but not until Barff had underlined his potential as one of Britain’s leading GT racers.

The local racer was happy to confirm this week that he would be racing in the Blancpain Endurance Series throughout 2012 in a McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Barff will drive the car with Leon Price. The car will be run by Dave Ryan’s Von Ryan Racing squad. The team will run a second car as well for the 2012 season that visits Silverstone for a race in June.

Barff said: “I am very excited about the season and I am looking forward to driving the McLaren and being part of such a leading international series.”

>>The traditional season-opening Wyedean Forest Rally is just three weeks away and organisers of the first BTRDA rally of 2012 are confident that despite the harsh economic climate the entry for the Chepstow-based rally will be as strong as ever, writes James Beckett.

The Wyedean Forest Rally is the first of eight events that the BTRDA organise to form their BTRDA Rally Series and the Wyedean Forest Rally is one of their most successful competitions. Up to 180 crews are expected to line up for the start on Saturday, February 11, with the special stages taking place in and around the Forest of Dean. A number of Advertiser & Review crews are expected to take part and entry details are set to be released by the Forest of Dean Motor Club at the beginning of next month.

Bournemouth-based Rallye Sunseeker, the opening round of the British Rally Championship, is another event taking place during February.