Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) is joining forces with the Barbados Karting Association (BKA) and the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) to end its 2016 season in style with a packed day – and night – of action at Bushy Park Barbados on Sunday, October 30.
The BKA will stage the penultimate round of its SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship during the morning, with BPMSI taking to the track from 2.00pm – the first half of the 12-race programme will run in daylight, the second under floodlights. The programme will feature the final rounds of the Suzuki Challenge Series Summer Season and two Handicap Races each for cars and bikes for competitors who contested the BPMSI’s 2016 Championship.
There will be four Swift Cup and SR3 Cup races in one day for the first time, the extra race added to complete the planned seasonal total, as there were only two races in each series at the Barbados Festival of Speed in May; as at last year’s day-night race meet, the final races will be shorter than usual – six laps for the Swifts, eight for the Radicals – which made for some thrilling action last time round.
BADD has been allocated three hour-long slots in the timetable for its third event of the season, Dragwarz 3: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric. Practice will run in daylight, immediately after the BPMSI’s preliminary track sessions, then Qualifying and Eliminations and Grudge Matches run in the cool of the evening.
BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney said: “The three Clubs are joining together to stage what we believe will be an unrivalled day of on-track action and I expect that we will see a few of our members fitting some runs in with BADD. We have worked hard on planning the logistics to ensure that we have the lighting towers up and operating, so that we keep the down time to a minimum. I hope that the fans will turn out in their numbers.”
BPMSI Season Finale, October 30:
General Admission Bds $20; Clubhouse Bds $30; children 12 and under are free. Cyclone 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, plus 4 x 4 Admission pass Bds $20 for each occupant
Coolers (no glass bottles) are welcome in all areas except Clubhouse & VIP
Tickets are now available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy (Broad Street, Bridgetown) and Sol Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey. Patrons can buy their advanced tickets using the Massy Card at the Bushy Park Circuit Office and Automotive Art Wildey
Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc Season Finale Bushy Park Barbados, October 30 – Provisional timetable
These scheduled starting times may be changed by the Race Director
Geoff Ullyett and Brook Miller are Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BPMSI) 2016 Champion Driver and Champion Rider respectively, following the end of the Club’s second season at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet earlier this month. While the Suzuki Challenge Series will not reach its Summer Season finale until October 30, more than 100 competitors have already scored points in BPMSI-run Championships.
Ullyett won Group 1/Class 1 on all but one occasion in his Nissan 150Y, giving him a near-perfect score of 218 points (of 225 available) in one of the season’s best-subscribed classes. Gp1/C2 winner Adrian Bailey (Peugeot 205) finishes second overall, with 156 points, while Darren Lashley, who finished second in Gp1/C1 in another 205, finishes third with 141.
Miller rode his Suzuki GSX-R600 to victory in Bikes Class A in five of the nine races run. Despite a tumble in the second race at the International, which left him on the sidelines for the rest of the day, he had done enough earlier in the season to edge out Reigning Champion Kris Brathwaite (Yamaha R6) by just four points. Terrance Ollivierre (Suzuki GSX-R600) is third, another 29 points adrift. The Bikes Class B title fight was even closer – with 124 points, Ronnie Cooke (Kawasaki ZX6-R) beat Lowrey Worrell (Suzuki GSX-R600) by three points, with Stephon Holder third on his Triumph Daytona. Holder and Ollivierre were respectively the highest points-scorers at the International, while Ollivierre has also won the Hilti Handicap Championship for Bikes.
At the International, competitors in Williams Equipment Group 3, Group 4 and the Monster Energy Bike classes scored points within the Seaboard Marine CMRC races, while Percy King Auto Parts Group 1 and Crane & Equipment Group 2 combined to form the biggest grids of the day . . . and some thrilling action ensued.
The first race of the day was red-flagged shortly after the start, as Mark Thompson (Toyota Starlet) stalled and could not move off before the field completed the opening lap; all went smoothly at the restart. Tremaine Forde-Catwell (Daihatsu Charmant) led throughout, also winning Gp2/C1, with Andre Forde (Starlet) claiming Gp2/C2 honours, ahead of some lively action in the Group 1 classes.
Racing at Bushy Park for the first time this year, Reigning Champion Driver Jermin Pope (Honda Civic) was back on the pace, finishing third overall and winning Gp1/C2 from Bailey and Devan McCartney (Honda CRX). In Gp1/C1, seventh overall gave Ullyett his first win of the day, heading home Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift) and Lashley.
The day’s second race was fought out on a streaming wet track, a number of seasoned campaigners among those caught out by the conditions. McCartney and Bailey were the class of the field, finishing seven-tenths apart, first and second in Gp1/C2, with a hugely impressive drive from Trinidad & Tobago’s Bridget Singh (Civic) netting a well-deserved third place overall and in class. Ullyett’s only defeat of the year came at the hands of Shawn Boxill: the rear-engined rwd Hillman Imp proved ideal for the conditions, Boxill powering from 24th on the grid to sixth overall, with Ullyett and Walcott completing the class podium. In Group 2, only Forde and Windell Holmes (Acura Integra) finished.
With the track dry once again, race three was dominated by Forde-Catwell, once Forde had retired. TF-C took the chequered flag 17secs clear of the field, for his second Gp2/C1 win of the day – he had aquaplaned off into the W’s gravel trap in race two – with Holmes second and winner of Gp2/C2. Behind them, the Group 1 classes produced a rich vein of competition, Singh showing her talents again, this time winning Gp1/C2, ahead of Bailey and Pope. Ullyett was back in control of Gp1/C1, finishing sixth overall, with Walcott second and Nathaniel Munroe (Mini) third.
BPMSI’s final date of the 2016 season is Sunday, October 30, when the club will join forces with the Barbados Karting Association (BKA) and the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) at Bushy Park Barbados for an all-day programme of motor sport action running from day into night.
Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc – 2016 Championship Final points:
Percy King Auto Parts Group 1/Class 1: 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop Service/Goodyear/Banks Nissan 150Y), 218 points; 2nd Darren Lashley (SRG Engineering/Full Line Racing Parts/C A Autobody Repairs/KK Auto Repairs/Williams Equipment Peugeot 205XS), 141pts; 3rd Andre Walcott (Courts iFinance/Courts Optical/M-Grafix Suzuki Swift), 102pts; etc Gp1/C2: 1st Adrian Bailey (Ellco Rentals/SRG Engineering/Lucid Consulting/Dove’s Exhaust Repairs/M Y Bhana Everything Store/Bliss Water Sports/Tropicana Jewellers Peugeot 205), 156pts; 2nd Devan McCartney (C & A Autobody Repair/Zephirins Bakery/RJ’s Recovery Honda CRX), 91pts; 3rd Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet), 75pts; etc
Crane & Equipment Gp2/C1: 1st Tremaine Forde-Catwell (CCT Paints/Cheese Auto Glass Finishes/Rezults Auto Daihatsu Charmant), 111pts; 2nd Ripley Greene (Huntes Auto Spares/Hilti/Full Line Racing Parts Toyota Corolla), 24pts Gp2/C2: 1st Andre Forde (Forde’s Vending Machines/Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet), 66pts; 2nd Windell Holmes (Full Line Racing Parts/Hilti/Turk Lashley’s Garage Acura Integra), 39pts; 3rd Andre Corbin (Toyota Corolla SR), 15pts Gp2/C3: equal 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop BMW M3) & Mark Kinch (Jolly Roger/Boom Energy Drink/Pirate’s Cove/Cran Plus Water BMW M3), 36pts
Williams Equipment Gp3/C2: 1st Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment/MP/Big Gas/Hilti Toyota Starlet), 120pts; 2nd Mark Thompson (Stag Beer/Automotive Art/Rock Hard Cement/Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty/Versatile Construction/Slam 101.1FM/Y103.3FM Honda Civic), 68pts; 3rd Jason Harewood (Mark’s Auto Spares/Gaskins Garage/Castrol/JVM Signage/SDRR/Image Vault Toyota Starlet), 48pts; etc Gp3/C3: 1st Shawn Eversley (L&N Workshop/SE Performance Suzuki Swift), 42pts; 2nd Kurt Thompson (Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty/Digicel 4G/Beacon Insurance/RA Mapp/Versatile Construction/Slam 101.1FM/Y103.3FM Honda CRX), 36pts; 3rd Steve King (Automotive Art/Valvoline/Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet), 25pts; etc
Gp4/2wd: 1st Mark Maloney (Digicel/Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3), 103pts; 2nd Barry Mayers (Chefette/Digicel/Sol/DHL/Hankook/Illusion Graphics Suzuki SX4), 68pts; 3rd Sammy Cumberbatch (Williams Industries/Castrol/Hilti BMW M3), 54pts; etc
Hilti Handicap for Cars: 1st Stuart Maloney (Radical RS3 RS), 33pts; 2nd Shawn Boxill (Hillman Imp), 25pts; 3rd David Simpson (Radical RS3 RS), 18pts; etc
Monster Energy Bikes Class A: 1st Brook Miller (Evolite/Turbo/Biz Needz/ProSales Barbados/KORE Fitness/Kari Brook Live/Bridgestone/Pure Action/Chicken Hawk/Mancini Suzuki GSX-R600), 140pts; 2nd Kris Brathwaite (Evolite/Execsec Corporate Services Yamaha R6), 136pts; 3rd Terrance Ollivierre (Percy King Auto Parts/Kermitt’s Bar/Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600), 107pts; etc Class B: 1st Ronnie Cooke (More For Less Tyres/Forever 4×4/Devil’s Den Bike Track Yamaha R6), 124pts; 2nd Lowrey Worrell (Big Ren’s Pizza Suzuki GSX-R600), 121pts; 3rd Stephon Holder (Crystal Bridges Inc Triumph Daytona), 90pts; etc
Hilti Handicap for Bikes: 1st Ollivierre 26pts; equal 2nd Mario Blackett (Honda CBR600) & Nicholas Gonzales – T&T (H & N/National Gas Company/Mondo Racing/Graphic Vibes Kawasaki ZX-6R), 25pts; etc
Team Barbados is targeting a maximum points haul in the home round of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) to move up the Country Championship standings. Round three of the CMRC is the headline event at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet next month (September 3/4) at Bushy Park Barbados.
Preparations are now moving into high gear, with the first Meet & Greet planned for this Friday (August 26) at 5.00pm on the Simpson Motors Lawn at Warrens and an Open Track Day at Bushy Park on Sunday (August 28) at 11.00am, an ideal chance for local runners to go testing. Fans attending Friday evening will be the first to collect the Racecard, with full entry lists, timetable and spectator information for race weekend.
After the first two rounds at Jamwest in Jamaica and the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago, T&T has a total of 799 points; Jamaica is second (465pts), Guyana third (276pts) and Barbados fourth (202pts), with the Cayman Islands and CAMS completing the table. In the separate Country Championship for Bikes, Guyana leads Jamaica, with T&T third and Barbados fourth.
Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the 23-race programme at round three will feature three races each for the CMRC Groups, the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup and the BPMSI’s 2016 Club Championship, a total of more than 170 racing laps. Hilti Handicap races for cars and bikes will round off the programme.
BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney is in confident mood: “We are fielding a strong team across all Groups and I believe we can move up the Country Championship table. While I can’t see us getting close to Trinidad, which is sending many of its successful cars from the earlier rounds, I hope we can move past Guyana, and perhaps Jamaica. And we can definitely rely on the bikers to make some progress, too.”
Best placed of the four Team Barbados members to have competed so far is Mark Maloney, who leads Group 4 2wd after winning four of the six races in his Mazda RX-3; elbowed out of the opening race at Jamwest, he went on to finish second, then first in the following two races, following that with a hat-trick of victories at Wallerfield.
Jamaica’s Peter Rae, who won the first two races at home in his Mazda RX-7, has a 100 per cent scoring record to lie second to Maloney in the points table, just 10 but will not race at Bushy Park; Maloney’s major threat, therefore, is T&T’s Franklyn Boodram, who is 16 points behind in his Renault Megane Trophy, which will make its Bushy Park debut. He will be backed up by his father Frankie in a Nissan 350Z.
Also confirmed for Team Barbados are Sammy Cumberbatch (BMW M3) and Barry Mayers, who returns with his Suzuki SX4, last raced two years ago. Brother Roger, CMRC Champion in 2011, is hoping for better fortune than last year in ‘De Focus’, when second place in the opening race was his only score of the day. Doug Maloney will also line up in Gp4 4wd, which is currently led by the absent Doug Gore of Jamaica (Audi TT).
In Gp3, Reigning Champion Paul Vieira of Guyana, who represents T&T, has a solid advantage, having won five of six races in his Mazda RX-7. The only driver to beat him – in the final race at Wallerfield – was Team Barbados member Steve King (Toyota Starlet), whose is fourth in the points, behind Vieira, Guyana’s Danny Persaud – not touring to Barbados – and Jamaica’s Alan Chen (Starlet), who will race at Bushy Park.
Also travelling to Barbados are Guyana’s Nizam Gafoor (Mazda Miata), twice a second-place finisher at Jamwest and currently sixth, plus T&T’s Ravi Singh (RX-7) and Ronald Wortman (Honda Civic). On the home team, King will have support from Cumberbatch, who will double up with Gp4, Shawn Eversley (Suzuki Swift), Stuart Maloney (Peugeot 306 Maxi) and former Gp2 Champion Kurt Thompson (Honda CRX).
In Gp2, three points-scoring finishes at Wallerfield moved two-time Champion Mark Thompson (Civic) straight in to eighth place, with the standings headed by T&T’s Luke Bhola (Civic), the only driver to have scored at both Jamwest and Wallerfield. His fellow countryman Mark Williams (Civic) – hat-trick winner at home – is second, ahead of Jamaica’s Sebastian Rae (Civic), but neither are travelling to Barbados.
The visitors include Reigning Gp2 Champion Marc Gill of T&T and fellow countryman Daryl Ali, both looking for results after issues with their Civics at home, and Guyana’s Shan Seejattan (Civic), who had three second places at Wallerfield. Jason Harewood and former Champion Kenrick Husbands will field their Starlets, with Roger Jordan (Ford Escort MkI) and Neil Thompson (Civic) also appearing for Barbados.
Williams Digicel International Race Meet details:
Admission to Testing on Friday, September 2 (gates open 11.00am), and Practice and Qualifying on Saturday, September 3 (gates open 9.00am), is free Race Day on Sunday, September 4 (gates and ticket booths open 7.30am): General Admission Bds $25; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $50; VIP (food on sale, drinks free) Bds $125; children 12 and under are free. Hilti Hammer 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, Cyclone 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $40, plus General Admission pass for each occupant. Coolers (no glass bottles) are welcome in all areas except Clubhouse & VIP Tickets are now available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy (Broad Street, Bridgetown), NKM (Hastings Main Road) and Sol Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey. Patrons can buy their advanced tickets using the Massy Card at the Bushy Park Circuit Office and Automotive Art Wildey
Bike racing fans are set for a bonanza weekend at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet next month (September 3/4), when Bushy Park Barbados hosts round three of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC). Lap record-holder Brook Miller will lead Team Barbados against a record regional entry, with seven of the top 10 points-scorers in the CMRC Superstock Championship confirmed.
Miller is the only local rider to have competed in the CMRC so far this year, having claimed two fifths and a seventh last month aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600 at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago, which slotted him into the points table in 10th place.
Already confirmed to ride alongside him are Kris Brathwaite (Yamaha R6), whose fourth-placed finish in the first race of the day at last year’s International was the home team’s best result, Terrance Ollivierre, who has toured to CMRC events regularly in recent years, and Shirley Scantlebury, both riding Suzuki GSX-R600s.
Flying in to represent Team Barbados are Bermuda-based Bajan Kirk Greaves, also Suzuki-mounted, and Canada’s Kevin Graham, riding a Yamaha R6. Both raced at BPMSI’s Easter fixture, the experienced Graham finishing second three times to Miller, with a best lap just four-tenths shy of the new lap record. Graham has been a regular competitor in the region, is a former lap record holder in Guyana and Jamaica and claimed pole position and a hat-trick of CMRC race wins at Old Bushy Park.
Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the 23-race programme will feature three races each for the CMRC Groups, the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup and the BPMSI’s own 2016 Club Championship, offering fans a total of more than 170 racing laps. Hilti Handicap races on two and four wheels will round off the weekend’s programme.
Miller brought the Outright Bike Lap Record back home at BPMSI’s Easter race meet, when he led every lap of the three bike races; his second-race fastest lap of 1m 04.192s (70.04mph/112.774kmh), lowered the mark set by Guyana’s Elliot Vieira at last year’s CMRC International, but Team Guyana is determined to get the record back.
Cousins Stephen, Matthew and Elliot Vieira are the only race-winners so far in the 2016 CMRC Superstock Championship. With two wins at the Jamwest Raceway in Jamaica in March then a string of four second places, multiple CMRC Champion Stephen (Kawasaki ZX-6R), leads the rider standings with 122 points, 17 ahead of Matthew (Yamaha R6), who claimed a hat-trick of wins at Wallerfield last month. Elliot (Kawasaki ZX-6R), winner of the third race at Jamwest, is fourth in the points, behind Jamaica’s Robert McDonald, who did not travel to Wallerfield and is not entered for Barbados.
For the first time, there is a separate Country Championship for the bikers, which Guyana comfortably leads with a total of 326 points; that places them 188 ahead of Jamaica’s Reggae Racers, with the Trinidad Tigers third on 97 and Team Barbados fourth with 26 points from Miller’s results at Wallerfield.
From Reggae Racers also fields a three-man team, comprising Kyle Reynolds (Kawasaki ZX-6R), who lies sixth in the points – his best result is fourth at Jamwest – Mario Woon (Honda CBR 600RR) and Norman Chung (Yamaha R6). Reynolds is currently battling for the Jamaica Race Drivers’ Club’s (JRDC) Class A title with McDonald, while Woon seized the advantage in Class B with a brace of wins at the JRDC’s Independence of Speed Race Meet 10 days ago.
T&T’s challenge is led by Kiel Abraham (Kawasaki ZX-6R), who twice finished third at home last month to lie fifth in the standings, backed up by Luke De Nobrega (Yamaha R6), whose best finish at Wallerfield was fourth, and Nicolas Gonzales (Kawasaki ZX-6R), who is yet to score. De Nobriga and Gonzales both raced at Bushy Park last year, fourth for De Nobriga in the weekend’s final race their best result.
The growing enthusiasm for bike racing in the island has resulted in competitor numbers rising steadily – the grids at the 2015 International were the largest ever seen at Bushy Park, while this year’s BPMSI Easter race meet saw a record number of bikes assembled outside CMRC races.
Williams Digicel International Race Meet details:
Admission to Testing on Friday, September 2 (gates open 11.00am), and Practice and Qualifying on Saturday, September 3 (gates open 9.00am), is free
Race Day on Sunday, September 4 (gates and ticket booths open 7.30am): General Admission Bds $25; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $50; VIP (food on sale, drinks free) Bds $125; children 12 and under are free. Hammer 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, Cyclone 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $40, plus General Admission pass for each occupant
Tickets are now available on-line at CMRC Tickets and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy (Broad Street, Bridgetown), NKM (Hastings Main Road) and Sol Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey. Patrons can buy their advanced tickets using the Massy Card at the Bushy Park Circuit Office and Automotive Art Wildey
All roads lead to Bushy Park Barbados next month, when the cream of the region’s motor sport stars will face off in the Williams Digicel International Race Meet (September 3/4). Round three of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) is the headline event of an action-packed schedule, with approaching 10 hours of track activity on Sunday alone.
Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the 23-race programme will also include rounds of the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup and the BPMSI’s own 2016 Club Championship, offering fans a total of more than 170 racing laps. Three races each are scheduled for the SR3 Cup and Swift Cup, BPMSI Groups 1 to 4, plus the increasingly-popular Bike classes, along with Hilti Handicap races on two and four wheels to round off the weekend’s programme.
Encouraged by ‘Early Bird’ prices, a steady flow of entries is already being received at Motorsport Services, where registration opened last Wednesday (August 3); the first closing date for entries is this Friday (August 12), after which entry fees will rise by Bds $50 to $190 until the final closing date a week later, on Friday, August 19.
BPMSI chairman Sean Maloney said: “I am delighted to confirm Williams Industries and Digicel Barbados as our two title sponsors once again. This marks the sixth year of joint support for Bushy Park’s annual International Race Meet, since Digicel partnered in 2010 with Williams Industries, which had been the event’s title sponsor since 2004. I must also acknowledge the significant support of Seaboard Marine, title sponsor of the CMRC, whose commitment to shipping racing machinery around the region is vital to the sustainability of the championship.”
Details of race entries will be released over the coming weeks, as BPMSI works with the regional clubs to confirm availability of men and machines. Maloney added: “The final entry lists are still a work in progress, but we expect the pieces of the puzzle to drop into place over the next couple of weeks. Jamaica had their Emancipation of Speed meet last weekend, while the team from Guyana went home from Wallerfield with work to do on a number of their leading cars, so we await final confirmation of the team line-ups, once everyone knows who has cars and bikes that are ready. Even though we don’t yet know what Team Barbados will be facing, you can guarantee that we’ll be ready for them!”
After the two rounds, at the Jamwest Raceway in Jamaica in March and the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago last month, the early host nations are ahead: T&T’s Team Tigers lead the CMRC Country Championship with 799 points, with Jamaica second on 465. Guyana (276pts) is third, 74 points ahead of Barbados, with the Cayman Islands (60pts) and CAMS/USA (4pts) completing the table.
The individual leaders in the five CMRC Groups are: Group 4 (4wd) – Doug Gore (JAM); Gp4 (2wd) – Mark Maloney (BAR); Gp3 – Paul Vieira (T&T); Gp2 – Luke Bhola (T&T); Superstock – Stephen Vieira (GUY). As last year, competitors will count their best nine scores from 12 races, which gives those who cannot contest every round because of tight budgets or clashing dates a chance to achieve a worthwhile result.
Williams Digicel International Race Meet details:
Admission to Testing on Friday, September 2 (gates open 11.00am), and Practice and Qualifying on Saturday, September 3 (gates open 9.00am), is free
Race Day on Sunday, September 4 (gates and ticket booths open 7.30am): General Admission Bds $25; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $50; VIP (food on sale, drinks free) Bds $125; children 12 and under are free. 4 x 4 Hammer Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, Cyclone 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $40, plus Spectator Admission pass Bds $25 for each occupant
Tickets are now available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com/cmrc-tickets and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy (Broad Street, Bridgetown), NKM (Hastings Main Road) and Sol Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey. Patrons can buy their advanced tickets using the Massy Card at the Bushy Park Circuit Office and Automotive Art Wildey
Drivers and bikers claimed race-winning hat-tricks over the Easter weekend as Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) kicked off its 2016 Championship at the Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet (March 26 & 28) at Bushy Park. Maurita Forde made history as the first female biker to race at the redeveloped facility, a record number of bikes – more than ever outside the CMRC – turned out to race and Brook ‘Unique’ Miller claimed a new Bike Lap Record.
The BPMSI Bike Championship opened the 17-race programme, with Brook Miller (Suzuki GSX-R600) on pole, ahead of Canada’s Kevin Graham (GSX-R600), Kris Brathwaite (Yamaha R6) and Terrance Ollivierre (GSX-R600); Steve Linton (Honda CBR600) and Ronnie Cooke (Yamaha R6) were on the Class B front row. Miller stormed away at the lights, and stayed ahead all day, leading every lap of the three bike races, chased home each time by Graham, with Brathwaite and Ollivierre sharing the third places. In Class B, Cooke (R6) and Mario Blackett (CBR600) shared the wins.
Miller brought the Outright Bike Lap Record back home with his second-race fastest lap of 1m 04.192s (70.04mph/112.774kmh), beating the mark set by Guyana’s Elliot Vieira (Triumph Daytona) at last September’s Williams Industries Digicel CMRC International.
On four wheels, the Group 1 races were close-fought and entertaining, Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet) the overall and Class 2 winner in all three, the first after snatching the lead from Robert Gill (Starlet) mid-way round the final lap; Geoff Ullyett (Nissan 120Y) won Group 1 Class 1 each time. On a day when attrition played a major part in proceedings, the merged races for Groups 2, 3 and 4 were less exciting, although hat-trick overall winner Kenrick Husbands (Starlet) and Ullyett (BMW M3) did a sterling job of keeping the crowd entertained with some ad hoc drifting.
The Hilti Handicap races were shortened from 10 to eight laps, when rain started to fall, but the bikers proved a hardy bunch, pleasing the equally hardy spectators with an impressive display of determination against the elements. Class B biker Blackett was a worthy winner, a riding boot to the floor on each corner to steady his progress, as Class A runner Ollivierre hunted him down, reducing the handicap start of 23secs to just 3secs by the chequered flag; Shaquille Kellman (Triumph) finished third.
BPMSI also hosted the opening rounds of the Suzuki Challenge Series over the weekend and a number of Swift Sports and Radicals joined the handicap for the first time. Amid a host of spins in the extremely tricky conditions, Stuart Maloney added a fourth victory to his SR3 Cup hat-trick from earlier in the day, with fellow Radical racer David Simpson and Ryan Wood, who was the dominant force in the Swift Cup over the weekend, completing the podium.
Early in the day, between the traditional Herringbone and the start of racing, around 30 bikes assembled, some which would race later in the day, for a parade lap of the circuit to celebrate the memory of Euwin Noel, who was killed in a road accident earlier this month. A keen biker and a regular at Bushy Park track days, Noel had been training to be a competitor, but never realised his dream.
Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet
March 26 & 28 – results
Bikes Class A – Race 1: 1st Brook ‘Unique’ Miller (Evolite/Kari Brook Live/Bridgestone/VP Racing/Kore Fitness/Biz Needz Suzuki GSX-R600); 2nd Kevin Graham – CDN (Sunburst Orange Juice/Pirelli/BPCI Suzuki GSX-R600); 3rd Kris Brathwaite (EXECSEC Corporate Services Yamaha R6); etc Race 2: 1st Miller; 2nd Graham; 3rd Brathwaite; etc Race 3: 1st Miller; 2nd Graham; 3rd Terrance Ollivierre (Kermit’s Bar/Percy King Auto Parts/Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600); etc
Bikes Class B – Race 1: 1st Mario Blackett (Honda CBR600); 2nd Steve Linton (Honda CBR600); 3rd Ronnie Cooke (Ride-Tech Yamaha R6); etc Race 2: 1st Cooke; 2nd Blackett; 3rd Lowrey Worrell (Suzuki GSX-R600); etc Race 3: 1st Blackett; 2nd Cooke; 3rd Worrell; etc
Group 1/Class 1 – Race 1: 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop Nissan 120Y); 2nd Darren Lashley (Full Live Racing Parts/SRG Engineering/KK Auto Repairs/Print Image/Williams Equipment Peugeot 205XS); 3rd Andre Walcott (Courts iFinance / Courts Optical / M-Grafix Suzuki Swift); etc Race 2: 1st Ullyett; 2nd Lashley; 3rd Paul St Hill (Federal Motor Spares/NOS Services/LiquiMoly Nissan Sentra B12); etc Race 2: 1st Ullyett; 2nd Lashley; 3rd William Jones (H & B Hardware & Lumber Inc Datsun B310)
Grp1/C2 – Race 1: 1st Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet); 2nd Robert Gill (Venture Car Rentals/Hilti/AS Auto Stop/Rezult Auto Toyota Starlet); 3rd Devan McCartney (C & A Autobody Repair/Zephirins Bakery/R & J Recovery Honda CRX); etc Race 2: 1st Jones; 2nd McCartney; 3rd Gill; etc Race 3: 1st Jones; 2nd McCartney; 3rd Adrian Bailey (Ellco Rentals/SRG Engineering/Lucid Consulting/Dove’s Exhaust Repairs/M Y Bhana Everything Store Peugeot 205); etc
Groups 2, 3 & 4 – Race 1, overall: 1st Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment/MP Oil/Hilti Toyota Starlet); 2nd Jason Harewood (Mark’s Auto Spares/Gaskin’s Garage/ Castrol Toyota Starlet); 3rd Tremaine Forde-Catwell (CCT Paints/Cheese Auto Glass Finishes/Rezults Auto Daihatsu Charmant); etc Grp3/C3: Husbands Grp3/C2: Harewood Grp2/C1: Forde-Catwell Grp2/C3: 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop BMW M3); 2nd Shawn Eversley (L&N Workshop/SE Performance Suzuki Swift) Race 2, overall: 1st Husbands; 2nd Harewood; 3rd Forde-Catwell; etc Grp3/C3: Husbands Grp3/C2: Harewood Grp2/C1: Forde-Catwell Grp2/C2: Andre Forde (Forde’s Vending Machines /Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet) Grp2/C3: Ullyett Race 3, overall: 1st Husbands; 2nd Harewood; 3rd Forde-Catwell; etc Grp3/C3: Husbands Grp3/C2:Harewood Grp2/C1: Forde-Catwell Grp2/C3: Ullyett
Hilti Handicap for Cars: 1st Stuart Maloney (Radical RS3 RS); 2nd David Simpson (Team Sol Radical RS3 RS); 3rd Ryan Wood (Team Digicel Suzuki Swift Sport); 4th Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL Suzuki Swift Sport); 5th Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance Suzuki Swift Sport); 6th Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement Suzuki Swift Sport); 7th Arron Parris (Team RBC Suzuki Swift Sport); 8th Bailey; 9th Kevin Wiggins (Johnson’s Auto Repairs/Wallace Trucking/KK Auto Repairs Toyota Starlet); 10th Ullyett; etc
Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) will launch its 2016 Championship next Thursday (March 24) with a Meet & Greet at Automotive Art, Welches, ahead of the Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet scheduled for Easter weekend (Saturday & Monday, March 26 & 28).
Thursday’s event is planned for three hours from 4.30pm, featuring DJ Ras, with race bikes and cars on display and the chance for fans to mix with the riders and drivers to hear their plans for the new season; food and drinks will be on sale, and race fans will be able to purchase tickets for the weekend’s race meet.
BPMSI has revised its vehicle regulations during the close season, bringing the Group titles and eligibility more in line with those of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC); the new rules will first come in to play over Easter weekend. Alongside the opening round of the BPMSI’s 2016 Championships for Cars and Bikes, the Easter fixture will include the Suzuki Challenge Series, with one round on Monday for the SR3 Cup and a double-header on both days for the Swift Cup.
BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney said: “It has been a long time since most of our members last saw action, so everyone is really looking forward to the start of the new season. We have 17 races planned over the two days, that’s more than 150 laps of racing, so I think we’ve got a great package to offer competitors and fans.
“I must thank our sponsors for the second year, Glassesco and Automotive Art, through the Valvoline brand, for helping us honour ‘Tiny’s name. He was a legend in island motor sport, a passionate believer in giving back, and someone who would always do anything in his power to help a struggling competitor.”
In addition to aligning the Groups more closely to those of the CMRC, the revised structure of rules being introduced by BPMSI is intended to create closer competition and encourage more participation in the lower-capacity classes. While using one of last year’s titles, Clubman is a new class for standard cars up to 1400cc.
Group 1, split into Classes 1 & 2, replaces the former up to 2-litre Clubman 1 & 2 classes, although multi-valve modified engines are no longer allowed; Group 2, split into Classes 1, 2 & 3, replaces the former Modified Production 1, 2 & 3, catering for over 2000cc cars semi-modified cars.
Group 3, Class 2 falls in line with CMRC Group 2, while Group 3, Class 3 is for CMRC Group 3 cars; Group 4 remains as before, with the CMRC now falling in line for 2016 and adopting a split of classes between 2wd and 4wd.
BPMSI Competition Secretary Simon Gillmore says: “We felt it made more sense to return to using Group titles, rather than the new names we had introduced in 2014, having heard feedback from members and spectators. It also helps to bring us in line with the CMRC, which we hope will encourage everyone in the region to eventually do the same. In addition, modifications to engines and cars allowed in some classes have been changed to tighten the performance of the different models.”
Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet Saturday, March 26, 11.00am – 3.00pm (gates open at 10.00am): viewing from Open Air Suites only, access through the Pits – $5. Monday, March 28, 10.00am – 6.00pm (gates open at 9.00am): General Admission $20; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) $40; children 12 and under are free; Hilti 4 x 4 Hammer Zone – vehicle pass $25, plus $20 per person. Tickets available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com, from the Bushy Park Circuit Office or from Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy, Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens & Wildey
Jermin Pope and Kris Brathwaite are Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BPMSI) inaugural Champion Driver and Champion Rider respectively, crowned last Saturday (October 17) at Bushy Park Barbados as the Club’s first full season came to a dramatic conclusion under floodlights.
Pope added a hat-trick of class wins to the five he had claimed earlier in the season to win the Ionics Clubman 1 and overall titles in the NKM Clothing / Glassesco / Bio Beauty Honda Civic, while three third places aboard the EXECSEC Corporate Services / Orion Motorsports / Changes Bar Suzuki GSX-R600 was sufficient for Brathwaite to win Bikes Class A and the overall two-wheel title.
Pope had to battle for supremacy in the early stages of all three races with Geoffrey Ullyett in the Ullyett’s Machine Shop Service / Goodyear / Automotive Art Nissan 150Y; Ullyett had beaten Pope once in their previous encounter in September, but he had to settle for three second places this time round, with Darren Lashley (SRG Engineering Peugeot 205XS) completing the podium in each race.
Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet), who had been in contention for the Champion Driver title all season, won the opening Recovery Modified Production 1 race, to keep in touch, but slipped back thereafter; driving his absent son Tremaine’s Hilti / Cheese Auto Glass Finishes / Rezult Auto / Mark’s Auto Spares / SDRR Daihatsu Charmant, Gregory Catwell showed little signs of his recent lack of seat time, just losing out to Jones in the opening race, then taking advantage when the Toyota driver spun early on to win the class in race two. Jones retired on the opening lap of the final encounter, which Catwell did not start, handing the season’s last class win to Paul St Hill (NOS Services / Federal Motor Spares Nissan Sentra B12).
Although he had to play second fiddle to Simon Gillmore’s SRG Engineering / Dove’s Exhaust Repairs Peugeot 205 in all three of Saturday’s races, Adrian Bailey had done enough earlier in the season to claim the Ionics C2 title in his SRG Engineering / Dove’s Exhaust Repairs / Ellco Rentals / Bhana’s Everything Store / Tints’R’Us 205. He was also third overall in the Champion Driver points table.
In the Williams Equipment Modified Production races, Jerry Leach debuted his redeveloped SDRR Motor Sport / JVM Signage / Hilti Honda Civic in fine style, although all three merged races were won by Roger Mayers, who doubtless wished De Focus, backed by Chefette, Sol, Digicel, DHL, Hankook and Illusion Graphics had performed as well at the Seaboard Marine CMRC race meet five weeks before.
Some of the best action came on two wheels, although Brathwaite was unable to add to his six earlier race wins, with strong competition the order of the day. Terrance Ollivierre (Percy King Auto Parts / Kermit Bar / Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600) won twice, to finish runner-up, while Brook Miller (Sky Mall / Bridgestone / The Kore / Evolite / Bizneedz Suzuki GSX-R600) was the other winner, these two also sharing the three second places.
The battle in Class B was close in every race, Jason Griffin (Osprey Corporate Management / Posh Kliek Yamaha R6) claiming three podiums to snatch the Class B crown from Kevin Wickham (Liqui Moly Honda CBR600RR), who had been leading by three points going in to the final round; Ronnie Cooke (Ride-Tech Kawasaki ZX6-R) shared the race wins with Marc-Lee Bascombe (Hot Legendary Fishcakes Yamaha R6) two-one, placing Cooke third in the standings, as a spread of only 16 points covered the top three at year-end, the closest top three finish of any class on two or four wheels.
BPMSI Championship 2015 – positions after final round Ionics Clubman 1: 1st Jermin Pope (NKM Clothing / Glassesco / Bio Beauty Honda Civic), 248 points; 2nd Andre Walcott (Courts iFinance / Courts Optical / M-Grafix Suzuki Swift), 135pts; 3rd Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop Service / Goodyear / Automotive Art Nissan 150Y), 115pts; etc Ionics C2: 1st Adrian Bailey (SRG Engineering / Dove’s Exhaust Repairs / Ellco Rentals / Bhana’s Everything Store / Tints’R’Us Peugeot 205), 158pts; 2nd Ryan Wood (Vaucluse Raceway / Sitemasters Property Management BMW Compact), 84pts; 3rd Simon Gillmore (SRG Engineering / Dove’s Exhaust Repairs Peugeot 205), 72pts; etc Recovery Modified Production 1: 1st Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet), 222pts; 2nd Tremaine Forde-Catwell (Hilti / Cheese Auto Glass Finishes / Rezult Auto / Mark’s Auto Spares / SDRR Daihatsu Charmant); 3rd Robert Gill (AS Auto Stop / Venture Car Rentals / Maxxis Tyres / Rezult Auto / Hilti Equipment / Castrol Toyota Starlet), 88pts; etc Recovery MP2: 1st Neil Thompson (Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic), 129pts; 2nd Mark Thompson (Stag Beer / Automotive Art / Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic), 126pts SBRC SuperSport 1: 1st Steve King (Automotive Art / Valvoline / Percy King Auto Parts / Dtech Motorsport NZ Toyota Starlet), 113pts; 2nd Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment / Hilti / Ultra Lubricants / Big Gasses Toyota Starlet), 99pts; 3rd Andre Forde (Toyota Starlet), 30pts; etc SBRC SS2: 1st Kurt Thompson (Digicel 4G / Glassesco / Beacon Insurance / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda CRX), 72pts SBRC SS3: 1st K Thompson, 81pts; 2nd Shawn Eversley (SE Performance / L&N Workshop Suzuki Swift), 60pts Williams Equipment SuperModified 1: 1st Sammy Cumberbatch (Williams Industries / Castrol / Hilti BMW M3), 51pts; 2nd Stuart Maloney (Kestrel / Se-Sash / Sign Station Peugeot 306 Maxi), 42pts; 3rd Justin Campbell (Hilton / Hunikom / Itstaboo.com / Campbell Racing / Dream Solutions Barbados BMW M3), 39pts; etc Williams Equipment SM2: 1st Stuart Williams (Williams Equipment / Structural Systems / Alpen Bars Lotus Elise), 85pts; 2nd Roger Mayers (Chefette / Sol / Digicel / DHL / Hankook / Illusion Graphics ‘De’ Focus), 73pts; 3rd Mark Maloney (Digicel / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3), 42pts; etc Hilti Handicap – Cars: 1st M Thompson, 37pts; 2nd Darren Lashley (SRG Engineering Peugeot 205XS), 29pts; equal 3rd K Husbands & S Maloney, 25pts; 5th Forde-Catwell, 22pts; equal 6th M Maloney & Wood, 18pts; etc Bikes Class A: 1st Kris Brathwaite (EXECSEC Corporate Services / Orion Motorsports / Changes Bar Suzuki GSX-R600), 222pts; 2nd Terrance Ollivierre (Percy King Auto Parts / Kermit Bar / Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600), 195pts; 3rd Devan McCartney (Zephirin’s Bakery / Belleville Auto Spares / On The Rocks Bar Suzuki GSX-R600), 145pts; etc Bikes Class B: 1st Jason Griffin (Osprey Corporate Management / Posh Kliek Yamaha R6), 163pts; 2nd Kevin Wickham (Liqui Moly Honda CBR600RR), 154pts; 3rd Ronnie Cooke (Ride-Tech Kawasaki ZX6-R), 147pts; etc Hilti Handicap – Bikes: 1st Rommel Walton (Honda CRF 450R), 26pts; equal 2nd Ryan Beckles (Forde’s Vending Machines Suzuki GSX-R600) & Griffin, 25pts; 4th Wickham, 21pts; 5th Dexter Small (Suzuki GSX-R600), 18pts; 6th McCartney, 15pts; etc
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Engineers and mechanics in race shops across the island are making last-minute preparations for tomorrow’s (Saturday) Floodlit Finale to Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s 2015 Championship. The 23-race programme at the St Philip facility will also include a demanding six-race double-header bringing the inaugural Summer Season of the Suzuki Challenge Series to a close.
Roger Mayers, who suffered a front differential failure in the Chefette / Sol / Digicel / DHL / Hankook / Illusion Graphics Focus while leading the opening race in the Seaboard Marine CMRC at Bushy Park Barbados six weeks ago, is among those determined to be ready. He reported on his Facebook page yesterday (Thursday): “Front diff back for De Focus compliments of DHL – will be all ready for this weekend night event at Bushy Park Barbados.”
Another casualty of the CMRC race weekend was Mark Maloney, whose team confirmed that the necessary parts had arrived in the island at the Briefing Meeting last evening, so engine work on the Digicel / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3 could be completed. Mayers and Maloney will face Stuart Williams (Williams Equipment / Structural Systems / Alpen Bars Lotus Elise) and Doug Maloney (Paints Plus / Maloney Racing Team Audi A4 quattro) in the BPMSI’s top group, Williams Equipment SuperModified 2.
Sammy Cumberbatch has been working to source some steering components for the Williams Industries / Castrol / Hilti BMW M3, so that he can join the Williams Equipment SuperModified 1 grid, along with Justin Campbell (Hilton / Hunikom / Itstaboo.com / Campbell Racing / Dream Solutions Barbados BMW M3), Sean Maloney (Team Maloney Racing Z-Cars Mini) and Jerry Leach, who is making his first appearance at the redeveloped Bushy Park after a lengthy ground-up rebuild of his SDRR Motor Sport / JVM Signage / Hilti Honda Civic.
All of the BPMSI classes will race once in daylight, then twice under floodlights, while the Swift Cup and SR3 Cup will have three races each before and after nightfall. Racing starts at 12.00pm, with round five of the Suzuki Challenge Series; the third and final rounds of the Hilti Handicap Championship for bikes and cars will bring the curtain down on BPMSI’s first full season shortly before 10.00pm.
While much attention will given to the SuperModified races, the last lap in the battle for the Champion Driver title will focus the minds of Clubman 1 class-leader Jermin Pope (Honda Civic), who leads Quincy Jones (Modified Production 1 Toyota Starlet) by just four points, 173 to 169 points.
Practice for the BMPSI classes will start at 2.00pm, the Bikes followed by the car classes, then Qualifying will take a new form: Hot Lap Qualifying – competitors in Ionics Clubman 1 & 2, Recovery Modified Production 1 and the Swift Cup will leave the Pit Exit at intervals, complete one flying lap, then return to the Pits. The Bikers and competitors in Recovery Modified Production 2, SBRC SuperSport, Williams Equipment SuperModified and the SR3 Cup, will have an additional warm-up lap before their Hot Lap.
BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney said: “We are all looking forward to ending the season on a high note. A lot of work has gone into planning the new format for this race meet, with the Hot Lap Qualifying, some changes in race lengths . . . and, of course, the night racing, which will be a completely new challenge for many of our competitors.”
Saturday, October 17 (gates and ticket booths open 12.00pm) – racing from 12.00pm – 10.00pm: General Admission Bds $15; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $30; children 12 and under are free. Hilti 4 x 4 Hammer Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, plus General Admission pass for each occupant
BPMSI Floodlit Finale Entry lists (at October 16)
Suzuki Challenge Series – SR3 Cup, rounds 5 & 6
4 Ryan Gonsalves – SVG (Team Gonsalves)
7 David Simpson (Team Sol)
16 Stuart Maloney (Team CemTile)
22 Sean Maloney (Team Preconco)
33 Doug Maloney (Team Digicel)
58 Mark Vieira – GUY (Team Vieira)
86 Mark Maloney (Team Preconco)
Suzuki Challenge Series – Swift Cup, rounds 5 & 6
3 Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance)
7 Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries)
27 Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products)
42 Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals)
81 Mark Thompson (Team Rock Hard Cement)
90 Kurt Thompson (Team Glassesco)
98 Paul Bourne (Team ICBL)
106 Daryl Clarke (Team Digicel)
333 Ryan Wood (Team Digicel)
777 Samantha Summerbell – JAM (Team Suzuki)
868 Ryan Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki)
876 David Summerbell Jnr – JAM (Team Simpson Finance)
BPMSI Championship 2015, round 4
Ionics Clubman 1
10 Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop Service / Goodyear / Automotive Art Nissan 150Y)
Following Tuesday’s announcement that Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BPMSI) 2015 Championship will climax in a Floodlit Finale at Bushy Park Barbados next Saturday (October 17), an even more comprehensive shake-up of the traditional race meet format has now been confirmed, offering fans 10 hours of almost non-stop action.
Between the start of the day’s opening Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup race, slated for 12.00pm, to the finish of the Hilti Handicap for Cars, which BPMSI officials expect to be around 10.00pm, 23 races and nearly 120 laps will have been completed, as well as Practice and Hot Lap Qualifying. To slot all that action in to what the Club admits is an ambitious programme, changes have been made to the format, which will also ramp up the entertainment for fans.
BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney says: “We’re are so looking forward to lighting up Bushy Park to end our first Championship year on a high next weekend. Once we realised that our best option was to move to the night racing, then we had to look carefully at how we were going to make it all fit.
“We have looked through the number of laps for every race, cut them back where it seemed appropriate, and I think it now works on two levels; we have a schedule I believe we can deliver, but it has some fantastic new ideas. Hot Lap Qualifying will make for some really interesting grids, and the six-lap SR3 Cup races are going to give the Radical drivers, including me, a totally new challenge – no waiting until the second half of the race to do the job, we will have to be on it from the get go!”
The six-round Summer Season of the inaugural Suzuki Challenge Series will come to an end with a demanding six-race double-header. Not only will championship contenders face three races each before and after nightfall, but the regular format has been revised, which will require a new approach. Round five will have regular Practice and Qualifying sessions, but with a change for the races: normally eight laps, the Swift Cup races will be reduced to six, which will bring even more strategy into the use of the Joker Lap, while the Suzuki-powered SR3 Cup racers are cut from 12 to 10 laps for the first and second races, with the third now a six-lap dash to the flag.
After the lunch break, there will be practice sessions for the BPMSI Championship competitors on two and four wheels, followed by Hot Lap Qualifying. Classes that race on slick tyres – Modified Production 2, SuperSport, SuperModified and the SR3 Cup – will exit the Pits, pass the start/finish line once for a warm-up lap, then complete their Hot Lap, before returning to the Pits. Clubman 1 & 2, MP1 and Swift Cup cars will exit the Pits and complete their one Hot Lap from the first time they pass the start/finish line.
For round six of the Suzuki Challenge Series races, The Swift Cup races will revert to eight laps, while the format for the SR3 Cup will remain the same as earlier, two races of 10 laps, with the third over six laps. The BPMSI Championship races will run to the usual format of six laps each, while the Hilti Handicaps for Bikes and Cars, which will bring the packed programme to a conclusion, will be reduced from 10 laps to eight.
Saturday, September 13 (gates and ticket booths open 12.00pm) – racing from 12.00pm – 10.00pm: General Admission Bds $15; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $30; children 12 and under are free. Hilti 4 x 4 Hammer Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, plus General Admission pass for each occupant.
Suzuki Challenge Series & BPMSI Championship Floodlit Finale Saturday, October 17 – Timetable
10.00am – 2.00pm: Scrutineering
11.00am: Practice – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup
11.15am: Practice – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup