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Strong UK results prepare Stuart Maloney for SR3 Cup return

Nine-time SR3 Cup race-winner Stuart Maloney heads into round two of the third Suzuki Challenge Series at Bushy Park Barbados on Saturday (July 1) off the back of a string of impressive results in the UK Radical Challenge Championship. Two third places were the highlights of a six-race programme that saw him finish outside the top 10 only once over back-to-back weekends of racing at Silverstone and Rockingham.

Maloney was joined by his brother Mark and Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey, who won the SR3 Winter Cup at Bushy Park in January and is contesting the whole UK series and selected other European races. The grid of more than 30 drivers included names familiar to island fans, among them Brian and John Caudwell and teenager Jack Manchester, who made his circuit racing debut at Bushy Park at Radical International 2016.

On the first weekend (June 17/18), Stuart qualified 11th for the first two 20-minute races on the high-speed 3.66-mile Silverstone GP circuit, where the average speed for the Radical SR3s is around 105mph on a fast and flowing track almost three times as long as Bushy Park. He finished 11th and seventh, with Jeffrey 10th and eighth and Mark 13th and 12th. In the 40-minute race which finishes each Radical weekend, Stuart finished fifth, his best result at the home of the British GP, where he had previously raced last September; Jeffrey finished sixth, while Mark retired early in the race.

At Rockingham last Saturday (June 24), Stuart qualified ninth for the first two races on the 1.94 International Super Sportscar Circuit, which is unusual in being raced anti-clockwise, with a long banked curve in front of the main spectator area. He finished third in race one, with Guyana’s Jeffrey second, his first podium in the UK series. Another third place came Stuart’s way in race two, when Brian Caudwell was demoted because of a jump start penalty. Ninth in race three completed a sound weekend for Stuart, improving on his previous Rockingham record, seventh, eighth and 11th in May 2015.

Jeffrey’s second place at Rockingham was his best finish of the day, as he retired from race two following an altercation early on, then incurred a 30-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane in race three, which dropped him from fifth to 11th. Mark Maloney’s two eighth places at Rockingham were his best results of the two weekends.

Following two intense weekends with extensive seat time, the Maloney brothers return to Bushy Park this weekend ready for battle, which promises some close racing. Reigning Champion Sol Esuf leads the SR3 Cup with 58 points, Stuart and Mark each have 43, while Sean Maloney lies fourth with 42.

In the Swift Cup, although he has the same total of 58 points, Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance) has a less comfortable cushion over the chasing pack, with former Champions Ryan Peyrau of Trinidad & Tobago (Team Simpson Finance) and Ryan Wood (Team ICBL) just three and eight points adrift respectively.

The July 1 race meet is organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), which will break new ground with a revised format for Practice and Qualifying, both for its own 2017 Championship and the Suzuki Challenge Series. As the Club aims to fit 13 races in to a fast-paced six-hour programme, officials have decided to combine what would previously have been two separate periods for Practice and Qualifying. Each group will have a 20-minute session in which to practice and set a time for grid position; in a change from the previous Qualifying format, in which only a driver’s first five laps were timed before the chequered flag was shown, the clocks will keep running, so every lap will be timed. Drivers will be allowed to enter the Pits to make adjustments, then rejoin the session, which should allow ample time for each driver to set an optimum time.

 

Suzuki Challenge Series

Swift Cup, round 2

Saturday, July 1: 12.40pm – Practice & Qualifying; 2.00pm – Race 1 (8 laps); 3.20pm – Race 2 (8 laps); 4.40pm – Race 3 (8 laps)

SR3 Cup, round 2

Saturday, July 1: 1.40pm – Practice & Qualifying; 3.00pm – Race 1 (10 laps); 4.20pm – Race 2 (10 laps); 5.40pm – Race 3 (10 laps)

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Night-time Air Display for Barbados Festival of Speed

The Twister Aerobatics Team, the only European outfit certified to fly after-dark shows, will light up the skies at the Barbados Festival of Speed on Saturday, October 14, in its first-ever performance in the Americas. The British-based team is the first act confirmed to join former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button at the second BFoS at Bushy Park Barbados.

The one-day event, which will be the first to benefit from the installation of the facility’s new all-arena lighting, which is currently under way, will run from day into night, starting at 2.00pm. In addition to the headline acts, more of which will be confirmed in the coming weeks, the eight-hour show will also include a cross-section of local motor sport activities.

The spectacular Twilight Pyrotechnic Display is performed in a pair of 180mph Silence SA1100 Twister aircraft, which bear a passing resemblance to the famous WWII Spitfire fighter plane. Powered by a fuel-injected 110hp UL Power UL260iSA engine, the Silence Twister is a very nimble and highly efficient single-seat aircraft, which is unusual among certified aerobatic aircraft in that it can be de-rigged and packed into a trailer for ease of travel by road, or a container to travel by sea.

The Twister Aerobatics Team is led by Pete Wells, whose family background was in gliding – his father, brothers and wife have all held national titles, records and even World titles; team-mate Chris Burkett is an aerodynamicist by profession – aside from planes, he’s also involved in designing wings on Formula 1 cars and sails for record-breaking racing yachts.

Wells says of the Twister: “People think that it’s a scaled-down Spitfire, but it’s not at all. It’s just an absolutely optimised aeroplane. It has a completely symmetrical wing and a tall bubble canopy, to give you a great view. The day into night format of the Barbados Festival of Speed provides an ideal opportunity to showcase both elements of our display, so we are really looking forward to our first trip to the Caribbean and lighting up the skies over Bushy Park.”

Bushy Park Circuit Inc’s (BPCI) Operations Manager Amy Willis said: “When the Festival of Speed was first conceptualised, it was always our aim to vary the programme each year, to keep the event fresh and also to bring acts to Barbados that our local patrons would never have seen. I am really excited about the aerobatics, as it will help us to stage a spectacular launch for our all-arena lighting.”

The Twister team’s traditional daytime display is an aerial ballet, combining sweeping, close-formation loops and barrel rolls with synchronised and opposition aerobatics, all within a tight space and always in front of the spectators. As day moves into night, the team switches to its acclaimed – and, thus far, unique in Europe – Twilight Pyrotechnic Display. As well as specially-developed pyrotechnic effects streaming from the wingtips, the aircraft also feature high-powered spot-lamps to illuminate the display smoke and coloured LEDs along the aircraft fuselage.

While the Twister Aerobatic Team, which was formed in 2010, has given displays at events across Europe and the Middle East, the Barbados Festival of Speed will mark its first trip across the Atlantic. As well as traditional shows at airfields in the UK – including the Farnborough International Airshow – Belgium, France, Holland, Italy and even the former Soviet state of Turkmenistan, the team has displayed at less conventional events; these include the Bournemouth Air Festival, where spectators fill the beaches of one of Britain’s most popular south coast resorts to watch displays over the sea, and the Silverstone Classic, the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, which is staged each year at the home of the British Grand Prix.

Barbados Festival of Speed – ticketing information Saturday, October 14, 2.00pm to 10.00pm (gates and ticket booths open 12.30pm) General Admission – Bds $50; Child (7 to 12) Bds $25. Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) – Bds $150; Child (7 to 12) Bds $75. VIP (food and drink included) – Bds $500; Child (7 to 12) Bds $250. Corporate – Bds $100; Child (7 to 12) Bds $50. Children six and under are free. Hilti Hammer 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $100, Cyclone 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $100, plus General Admission pass for each occupant

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

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Racing under lights at BPMSI Finale at Bushy Park Barbados

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

 

 

7.00am – 1.00pm: BKA SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, Round 9

2.00pm: Practice 1 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup

2.10pm: Practice 2 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup

2.20pm: Qualifying 1 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup

2.30pm: Qualifying 2 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup

2.50pm: BADD Dragwarz 3: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric – Practice

3.50pm: Race 1 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup, Round 5, Race 1 (8 laps)

4.10pm: Race 2 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup, Round 4, Race 1 (12 laps)

4.30pm: Race 3 – BPMSI Bikes, Handicap Race 1 (8 laps)

4.45pm: Race 4 – BPMSI Cars, Handicap Race 1 (8 laps)

5.00pm: Race 5 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup, Round 5, Race 2 (8 laps)

5.20pm: Race 6 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup, Round 4, Race 2 (12 laps)

6.10pm: BADD Dragwarz 3: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric – Qualifying

7.10pm: Race 7 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup, Round 5, Race 3 (8 laps)

7.30pm: Race 8 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup, Round 4, Race 3 (12 laps)

7.50pm: Race 9 – BPMSI Bikes, Handicap Race 2 (8 laps)

8.05pm: Race 10 – BPMSI Cars, Handicap Race 2 (8 laps)

8.20pm: Race 11 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup, Round 5, Race 4 (6 laps)

8.35pm: Race 12 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup, Round 4, Race 4 (8 laps)

9.00pm: BADD Dragwarz 3: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric – Eliminations & Grudge Matches

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Ullyett and Miller are 2016 BPMSI Bike and Car Champions

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

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Team Barbados wins at Williams Digicel International

Team Barbados was the top points-scorer in last weekend’s (September 3/4) Williams Digicel International Race Meet at Bushy Park Barbados, moving from fourth to second in the Country standings of 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC). With two wins and a second place in Group 4 and a new CMRC lap record to his credit, Barry Mayers was the most successful individual in the team.

With a total of 1,133 points, Trinidad & Tobago now looks set to win the title it missed out on last year by just eight points, but the battle for second place will go down to the final round at South Dakota in Guyana on November 12/13. Barbados now has 583 points, ahead of Jamaica (465pts) and Guyana (350pts), with the smaller Cayman Islands and CAMS teams completing the table. In the separate Country Championship for Bikes, Guyana has a healthy lead, with 437 points, ahead of a close battle for the runner-up spot between T&T (161pts), Jamaica (156pts) and Barbados (133pts).

Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the 23-race programme had also included races for the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup and the BPMSI’s 2016 Club Championship; fans enjoyed a total of more than 170 racing laps, their enthusiasm undiminished by a day of frequent rain showers, with Hilti Handicap races for cars and bikes rounding off the programme.

Although ‘De Focus’ was missing in action during Saturday Qualifying with an oil pressure problem, losing the chance of a hat-trick of CMRC Group 4 pole positions, the name atop the times was still Mayers, albeit Barry rather than brother Roger. Driving the Chefette / Digicel / Sol / DHL / Hankook / Illusion Graphics Suzuki SX4, the younger sibling set a time of 1m 01.407s, 1.4sec faster than Mark Maloney (Digicel / RBC / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3), these two well ahead of the field.

When the lights went out at the start of the first race, it was clear the battle would be between these two, and so it played out. After winning the first encounter by 6.5secs, Mayers came under greater pressure in race two on a damp track, the margin of victory just 1.2secs, which set up a thrilling finale, which had the crowd on its feet. Mayers led from the start, but Maloney found a way past on lap three . . . but could not pull away. Mayers piled on the pressure, hoping for a Maloney error, but made a mistake of his own under braking at the Dipper, spinning out and rejoining to finish 10.6secs adrift, but with the consolation of a new CMRC lap record of 1min 01.178secs, knocking four-tenths of the mark set by Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) in 2014.

Steve King (Automotive Art / Valvoline / Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet), Sammy Cumberbatch (Williams Industries / Hilti / Castrol BMW M3) and Justin Campbell (Republic Bank / Five Star Fast Track / Hilton Barbados / Dream Solutions / Campbell Racing Team BMW M3) locked out the podium places for Team Barbados across the three races. This helped Maloney extend his advantage in the Group 4 (2wd) standings, as Jamaican Peter Rae was absent and Trinidad & Tobago’s Franklyn Boodram (Flow Trinidad / Team Speedway Renault Megane Trophy) finished sixth, fourth and fifth. Maloney now has 179 points, Boodram moving into second ahead of Rae with 130.

Things did not go quite to plan in CMRC Group 3, in which T&T’s Paul Vieira (Redline Racing / D’s Car Boutique Mazda RX-7) claimed a hat-trick of wins, the reigning champion looking ever more on target for back-to-back titles. Steve King (Starlet), who had claimed his first CMRC win at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in T&T in July, finished third in race one, but differential failure left him on the sidelines, while Kurt Thompson’s (Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Digicel 4G / Beacon Insurance / RA Mapp / Versatile Construction / Slam 101.1FM / Y103.3FM Honda CRX) second place in race two was the best result for the home team.

Double champion Mark Thompson (Stag Beer / Automotive Art / Rock Hard Cement / Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Versatile Construction / Slam 101.1FM / Y103.3FM Honda Civic) came out on top of CMRC Group 2, second in race one and victorious in the others. Race one winner and reigning champion, T&T’s Marc Gill (Liqui Moly / Marine Safety Equipment Civic), followed Thompson home, while Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment/MP/Big Gas/Hilti Toyota Starlet) picked up a hat-trick of third places. Leading by 18 points coming in to round three, T&T’s Luke Bhola (Torco Racing Fuels / Richtune Performance Honda Civic), finished fifth, seventh and fourth, so now finds Gill just 12 points behind.

The grid for the first CMRC Superstock 600 Championship race promised an action-packed opening race, after the bikers had suffered the worst weather in a mixed day of Qualifying, leaving a number of potential front-runners down the back, including multiple champion and current points leader Stephen Vieira of Guyana on his Sunburst Orange Juice/Palm Court/Pure Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R. He had climbed from 16th to sixth by the end of the opening lap and passed his cousin Elliot Vieira (Mohamed’s Enterprise / Ramchand Auto Body Kawasaki ZX-6R) to take the lead at half-distance . . . but it came to nought, as he was disqualified for overtaking under yellow flags. Elliot inherited victory, with Matthew Vieira (Truck Masters/Game Express/Habit/Cyril’s Garage/Rio Inn Yamaha R6) second and Canada’s Kevin Graham, riding for Barbados, third on his Sunburst Orange Juice/Pirelli/Harvey Mushman Racing Yamaha R6.

Stephen Vieira retired from sixth place after two laps of the second race, in which Elliott and Matthew repeated their results from race one, with Terrance Ollivierre (Percy King Auto Parts/Kermitt’s Bar/Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600) replacing Graham for the second Team Barbados podium of the day . . . and the outcome might have been even better. Having started sixth on the grid, Bushy Park lap record holder Brook Miller (Evolite/Turbo/Biz Needz/ProSales Barbados/KORE Fitness/Kari Brook Live/Bridgestone/Pure Action/Chicken Hawk/Mancini Suzuki GSX-R600), the only local rider to score points before last weekend, had caught race leader Elliot Vieira to challenge for the lead, when he took a serious tumble on lap six of eight after being caught out by a wet patch at the W’s. Protected by his safety equipment, he was lucky not to suffer more serious injury, but he took no further part in the day’s racing.

With Elliot Vieira side-lined before the start, Matthew Vieira claimed victory in the day’s final race, Ollivierre and Kris Brathwaite (Evolite/Execsec Corporate Services Yamaha R6) filling the podium places on a day which confirmed the significant progress that has been made in bike racing in the island since the redevelopment of Bushy Park.

Williams Digicel International Race Meet
Results – Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 4 (2wd) – Race 1: 1st Barry Mayers – BAR (Chefette/Digicel/Sol/DHL/Hankook/Illusion Graphics Suzuki SX4); 2nd Mark Maloney – BAR (Digicel/RBC/Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3); 3rd Steve King – BAR (Automotive Art/Valvoline/Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet); 4th Justin Campbell – BAR (Republic Bank/Five Star Fast Track/Hilton Barbados/Dream Solutions/Campbell Racing Team BMW M3); 5th Nazim Gafoor – GUY (Universal Communication/Gran Sports Automotive Sales and Service Mazda Miata); 6th Franklyn Boodram – T&T (Flow Trinidad/Team Speedway Renault Megane Trophy) Race 2: 1st Mayers; 2nd M Maloney; 3rd Sammy Cumberbatch – BAR (Williams Industries/Hilti/Castrol BMW M3); 4th Boodram; 5th Gafoor; 6th Campbell Race 3: 1st M Maloney; 2nd Mayers; 3rd Campbell; 4th Ronald Wortman – T&T (Shell Helix/Peak Performance/Rev Tech/Mileage Mack/Peake Marine Services/Carbline Coating Honda Civic); 5th Boodram; no other finishers

Driver’s Championship – Group 4 (2wd): 1st M Maloney 179 points; 2nd Boodram 130pts; 3rd Peter Rae – JAM (Mazda RX-7) 108pts; 4th Mayers 68pts; 5th Mohan Rangasammy – GUY (Mazda RX-7), 51pts; 6th Campbell 35pts; etc

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 3 – Race 1: 1st Paul Vieira – T&T (Redline Racing/D’s Car Boutique Mazda RX-7); 2nd Ronald Wortman – T&T (Shell Helix/Peak Performance/Rev Tech/Mileage Mack/Peake Marine Services/Carbline Coating Honda Civic); 3rd Steve King – BAR (Automotive Art/Valvoline/Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet); 4th Kurt Thompson – BAR (Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty/Digicel 4G/Beacon Insurance/RA Mapp/Versatile Construction/Slam 101.1FM/Y103.3FM Honda CRX); 5th Shan Seejattan – GUY (Special Auto/Top Power Racing/Full Works/Blue Spring Water Honda Civic); 6th Nazim Gafoor – GUY (Universal Communication/Gran Sports Automotive Sales and Service Mazda Miata); etc Race 2: 1st P Vieira; 2nd K Thompson; 3rd Gafoor; 4th Wortman; 5th Shawn Eversley – BAR (L&N Workshop/SE Performance Suzuki Swift); no other finishers Race 3: 1st P Vieira; 2nd Wortman; 3rd Ravi Singh – T&T (Racetech/Tim Kha Equipment Rentals Mazda RX-7); 4th Eversley; 5th Gafoor; no other finishers

Driver’s Championship – Group 3: 1st P Vieira 200 points; 2nd Gafoor 73pts; equal 3rd Danny Persaud – GUY (Mazda Miata) & Wortman 66pts; 5th King 65pts; 6th Alan Chen – JAM (Toyota Starlet) 63pts; etc

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Jeffrey and Simpson join Suzuki Challenge Series winners

 Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey and local racer David Simpson joined the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup roll of honour yesterday (September 4) as they shared race wins with reigning champion Sean Maloney during the Digicel Williams International Race Meet at Bushy Park Barbados. Ryan Wood took the chequered flag in all three Swift Cup races, but was disqualified from the third for taking the Joker Lap twice, handing victory to Jason Parkinson.

Suleman Esuf claimed his third pole position in Saturday Qualifying, despite a loose wheel delaying him at the start of the session; by the time he emerged from the pits, the others had completed their allotted time, so he enjoyed a virtually clear track, the only driver to record a sub-60secs time. Guyana’s Calvin Ming joined him on the front row, ahead of Mark and Stuart Maloney, Simpson and Mark Vieira of Guyana, back for the first time since last year, Sean Maloney, Trinidad & Tobago’s David Coelho and Jeffrey, who had spun off on his first lap and failed to set a time.

Esuf made the best start, leading Ming and Stuart Maloney early on, with Mark Maloney moving up to fourth just before half-distance, by which time Sean Maloney and Vieira had retired. On lap six, Mark Maloney tried a brave manoeuvre into the Ws Hairpin, passing brother Stuart and Ming on the inside, even trying a move on Esuf; he spun across the track in front of Stuart and Ming on the exit, however – Stuart retired after contact, while Ming clipped the kerb and continued. Fifth-placed Simpson seized the moment; despite his best efforts, glued to the rear wing of Esuf’s Radical, he failed to find a way past, crossing the line four-tenths down, to equal his best result. Esuf was handed a 5secs jump start penalty, however, so Simpson claimed his first win, with Esuf, Jeffrey and Ming completing the finishers. Mark Maloney continued slowly, with damaged rear suspension, but was not classified.

The second race was one of a number hit by intermittent rain, Coelho and Ming retiring within seconds of the start as the pack streamed through the Hammer from the reverse grid formation, based on Qualifying. Sean Maloney emerged the leader, ahead of Simpson and the rest, but he soon spun, handing the lead to brother Stuart, who had already passed Simpson, with Esuf next up. Marks Maloney and Vieira enjoyed a fierce battle for fifth, the Guyanese driver eventually getting the upper hand, before Simpson spun down to last. Now second, Esuf to second put pressure on Stuart Maloney, until they aquaplaneded off into the gravel trap at the Dipper together, where they were soon joined by Mark Maloney, leaving his brother Sean to win, from Vieira and Simpson.

For the second race in a row, Ming was caught up in an incident at the first corner, which broke up the field, with Jeffrey the main beneficiary, handed a comfortable lead he was not to surrender. Initially second, Coelho lost the place to a determined move by Simpson at the Bullet, and then third to Esuf at the same corner on the following lap. After a spirited defence, Simpson lost out to Esuf three laps from home, but still had much to celebrate as the top points-scorer of the weekend, with three podium finishes.

Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries) claimed his first Swift Cup pole position, by one-tenth from points leader Wood (Team Digicel), with Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance) and newcomer Rhett Watson (Team ICBL) on row two. Wood led the day’s first race from lights to flag, opening sufficient of a gap to take the Joker Lap and rejoin still in the lead, ahead of Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol) and Read, who then lost third place to Husbands as he took his Joker on the last lap.

From the reversed grid based on Qualifying, Daryl Clarke (Team Digicel) lead off the line in the second race, but Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement) was ahead by the end of the lap, and looked set for the win. Having started on the back row, Wood had been working through the field, however, and pounced on the final lap for his second win of the day, with Martinique’s Pascal Calvel claiming his first Swift Cup podium in third.

With the final grid based on points scored, Wood and Parkinson sat on the front row, Clarke and Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) on row two, as Edwards had been served a four-grid penalty for an overly robust defence of his lead in the previous race. As before, Wood opened the gap enough to retain the lead on his Joker Lap, with the order behind remaining static, Parkinson ahead of Clarke and Read. By the final lap, Wood had opened the gap again and, much to everyone’s surprise, took a second Joker! Although that meant disqualification, handing victory to Parkinson, the 50 points scored from this two earlier wins were still sufficient for Wood to be top scorer of the day.

 

Suzuki Challenge Series, Swift Cup round 4 (September 4)

Race 1: 1st Ryan Wood (Team Digicel); 2nd Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol); 3rd Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries); 4th Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance); 5th Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products); 6th Daryl Clarke (Team Digicel); 7th Arron Parris (Team Bushy Park); 8th Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement); 9th Kristian Jeffrey – GUY (Team Suzuki); 10th Pascal Calvel – MTQ (Team Suzuki); 11th Rhett Watson (Team ICBL); DNF Timothy Stewart (Team Simpson Finance)

Race 2: 1st Wood; 2nd C Edwards; 3rd Calvel; 4th Clarke; 5th Watson; 6th B Gale; 7th Parkinson; 8th Read; 9th Parris; 10th Jeffrey; 11th Stewart; 12th Husbands

Race 3: 1st Parkinson; 2nd Clarke; 3rd Read; 4th Husbands; 5th Calvel; 6th B Gale; 7th C Edwards; 8th Watson; 9th Stewart; 10th Jeffrey; DNF Parris; DQ Wood

Points after round 3: 1st Wood 193 points; 2nd Parkinson 167pts; 3rd Read 136pts; 4th Husbands 96pts; 5th Dane Skeete (Team Simpson Finance) 77pts; 6th C Edwards 66pts; 7th Ryan Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki) 63pts; 8th Clarke 62pts; 9th Parris 56pts; 10th Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL) 55pts; 11th Calvel 44pts; 12th B Gale 38pts; 13th David Summerbell Jnr (Team Simpson Finance) 18pts; 14th Derek Edwards (Team Digicel) 15pts; 15th Watson 14pts; = 16th Freddie Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) & Jeffrey 4pts; 18th Stewart 2pts

Suzuki Challenge Series, SR3 Cup round 3 (September 4)

Race 1: 1st David Simpson; 2nd Suleman Esuf; 3rd Kristian Jeffrey – GUY; 4th Calvin Ming – GUY; NC Mark Maloney; DNF Stuart Maloney, David Coelho – T&T, Mark Vieira – GUY, Sean Maloney

Race 2: 1st Sean Maloney; 2nd Vieira; 3rd Simpson; NC Stuart Maloney, Esuf, M Maloney; DNF Jeffrey, Coelho, Ming

Race 3: 1st Jeffrey; 2nd Esuf; 3rd Simpson; 4th Vieira; 5th Coelho; 6th Ming; 7th Sean Maloney; DNF Stuart Maloney, M Maloney

Points after round 3: 1st Esuf 112 points; 2nd Stuart Maloney 103pts; 3rd Simpson 93pts; 4th Sean Maloney 92pts; 5th M Maloney 75pts; 6th Jeffrey 59pts; 7th Vieira 30pts; 8th Coelho 28pts; 9th James Abbott – ENG 27pts; 10th Ming 24pts; 11th Jack Manchester –ENG 8pts

 

For more information on the Suzuki Challenge Series:

Web site: www.suzukichallengeseries.com

Facebook.com/suzukichallengeseries

e-mail: suzukichallenge@itcbgi.com

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Landmark 50 reached by Suzuki Challenge Series

 Confirmation of entries for Jamaica’s Timothy Stewart and local ace Rhett Watson in round four of the Swift Cup at Bushy Park Barbados carries past 50 the number of drivers who have participated in the Suzuki Challenge Series since its launch last March. This weekend’s (September 3/4) action is part of the Williams Digicel International Race Meet, featuring the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC).

Alongside island drivers, the Swift Cup has attracted entries from Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago over the past 18 months, while the SR3 Cup for the Suzuki-powered Radical sports-racers has additionally seen participation from England, St Vincent & The Grenadines and the United States.

Stewart heads to Barbados to drive the Team Simpson Finance Swift Sport in good spirits, having finished second in last weekend’s Rally of the Kings in his home country in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, co-driven by Stephen Gunter. A multiple karting Champion in the past, Stewart has returned to karting this year (three third places in Rotax Senior so far), alongside sprints and rallies, after a period of limited activity in the sport.

He started karting in 2002, finishing second in the Junior Sportsman Championship the following season, winning the Most Improved Driver Award. More titles came as he moved through the classes and he was a hat-trick winner of Abe Ziadie Memorial Trophy (2004 to ‘06) for the most points won in the season. He also travelled to race in Europe and the United States, winning the Junior Pre-Final at the 2006 Rotax World Finals in Portugal, with his last major title at home the JKA Shifter Class in 2010.

For Watson, taking over the Team ICBL drive from the absent Kyle Catwell will mark a return to the driving seat of a Suzuki Swift Sport. It was one of the cars used when Watson won the multi-discipline Suzuki Rocks!ROC Barbados Challenge, earning the right to represent his country (along with Dane Skeete) at the 2014 Race Of Champions at Bushy Park. While most of his driving has been done on rally stages rather than race circuits – he has won the Barbados Rally Club’s Champion Driver title for the past two years – he is supremely competitive and looking forward to the weekend.

With three rounds run, Team Digicel’s Ryan Wood leads the Swift Cup standings, with three wins in eight races (there were only two at the Barbados Festival of Speed), backed up by a second and two thirds. He has 25 points (equal to one race win) in hand over Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol), who has won twice, with two second places keeping him in touch. The gap back to the Swift Cup’s eternal bridesmaid Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance) in third place is another 13 points, so this would be a good weekend for him to finally climb on to the top step of the podium.

Another driver heading for Bushy Park on a high is Guyana’s Calvin Ming, who has been mixing his SR3 Cup programme with the NACAM Formula 4 Championship in Mexico, along with kart and F1600 campaigns in the United States. Images of him winning a round of the F1600 Championship Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park last weekend in a photo finish by 1/1000 of a second have been hugely popular on social media.

Having only been in action for the two races at the Barbados FoS, Ming is playing catch-up in the SR3 Cup, which is being led by Stuart Maloney, who dominated the Easter weekend races, claiming only the second hat-trick of Radical SR3 victories since the Series was launched. Although he finished only second and fifth in May, he still enjoys a 27-point lead over Suleman Esuf, in turn just one point ahead of Mark Maloney. Esuf was the only SR3 Cup contender to take advantage of last Sunday’s (August 28) Open Track Day at Bushy Park for some additional testing, so may be the man on form.

SR3 Cup

Saturday: 10.40am – Practice; 3.00pm – Qualifying

Sunday: 9.20am – Race 1 (12 laps); 11.40am – R2 (12 laps); 2.40pm – R3 (12 laps)

Swift Cup

Saturday: 11.05am – Practice; 3.20pm – Qualifying

Sunday: 9.40am – Race 1 (8 laps); 12.00pm – R2 (8 laps); 3.00pm – R3 (8 laps)

 

SR3 Cup – provisional entry list, round 3:

5        David Coelho – T&T

7        David Simpson

10      Calvin Ming – GUY

14      Suleman Esuf

16      Stuart Maloney

22      Sean Maloney

58      Mark Vieira – GUY

86      Mark Maloney

261     Kristian Jeffrey – GUY

 

SR3 Cup – points after round 2: 1st Stuart Maloney 103 points; 2nd Esuf 76pts; 3rd M Maloney 75pts; 4th Sean Maloney 61pts; 5th Simpson 38pts; 6th James Abbott – ENG 27pts; 7th Jeffrey 19pts; 8th Coelho 18pts; 9th Jack Manchester – ENG 8pts; 10th Ming 4pts

Swift Cup – provisional entry list, round 4:

1        Kristian Jeffrey – GUY (Team Suzuki)

2        Daryl Clarke (Team Digicel)

3        Ryan Wood (Team Digicel)

4        Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol)

5        Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance)

6        Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries)

7        Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products)

8        Pascal Calvel – MTQ (Team Suzuki)

9        Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement)

10      Rhett Watson (Team ICBL)

11      Arron Parris (Team Bushy Park)

12      Timothy Stewart – JAM (Team Simpson Finance)

Swift Cup – points after round 3: 1st Wood 143 points; 2nd Parkinson 118pts; 3rd Read 105pts; 4th Dane Skeete (Team Simpson Finance) 77pts; 5th Husbands 69pts; 6th Ryan Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki) 63pts; 7th Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL) 55pts; 8th Parris 48pts; 9th C Edwards 38pts; 10th Clarke 24pts; 11th David Summerbell Jnr (Team Simpson Finance) 18pts; 12th Calvel 18pts; 13th Derek Edwards (Team Digicel) 15pts; 14th B Gale 12pts; 15th Freddie Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) 4pts

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CMRC debut for T&T’s Bridget Singh at Bushy Park Barbados

 Trinidad & Tobago’s Bridget Singh will make her Bushy Park Barbados debut at this weekend’s (September 3/4) Williams Digicel International Race Meet in round three of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC). A five-time Kart Champion, she is the daughter of regional veteran Ravi Singh, who will also make his race debut at the redeveloped circuit.

Representing her country for the first time in the CMRC, the 20-year-old will be the lone female racer among approaching 100 entries from home and overseas, who will mix with local fans at Friday’s (September 2) final Meet & Greet in the Bushy Park Pits. Co-ordinator Adrian Mayers says: “Everyone is welcome from 5.00pm, it is free to fans, an amazing chance to get close to the visitors and their race cars and bikes; food and drinks will be on sale and DJ ‘Scruff’ will be hyping the music.”

Driving her Racetech/TIMKHA Equipment Rentals Honda Civic in Group 2, Bridget is a member of a strong T&T team, including current points leader Luke Bhola and Reigning Champion Marc Gill, also in Honda Civics, while father Ravi (Mazda RX-7) joins Reigning Champion and current points leader Paul Vieira (RX-7) in Group 3.

Having driven karts from the age of four, Bridget started racing in the 80cc Cadet class when she was nine, winning two titles; after then winning the 100cc Championship twice, she moved up to T&T’s most competitive class, Rotax International, finishing third in her first year before adding a fifth Championship to her growing portfolio.

Since starting her circuit-racing career this year, she has managed to place in the top four at all four race meets so far, including sharing victory in a three-hour endurance event with father Ravi. Racing in the local Group 1 during the CMRC round at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in July, she claimed her first win.

Preparing for her trip, Bridget said: “I’m really looking forward to testing my skills at Bushy Park. Competing in the CMRC Group 2 class will allow me to gain experience as a driver, and I am proud to be representing Trinidad.”

Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the weekend’s 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 2016 Club Championship, a total of more than 170 racing laps. Hilti Handicap races for cars and bikes will round off the programme.

Photo compliments: Gerrard Wilson Photography

 

Williams Digicel International Race Meet round-up

+ more than 30 drivers and riders are flying in to the island to compete at the weekend, 12 of them racing at the redeveloped Bushy Park Barbados for the first time

+ competitors are from Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago

+ the Seaboard Marine Superstock Championship has attracted a record entry for Bushy Park, with nine regional competitors facing a six-man local team

+ among competitors who used last Sunday’s (August 28) Open Track Day for additional testing were Steve King, who claimed his first CMRC race win at Wallerfield in July, BPMSI Championship leader Geoff Ullyett and front-running bikers Kris Brathwaite, Brook Miller and Terrance Ollivierre

+ patrons who buy VIP Lounge tickets ($125, drinks free, food for sale) for this weekend’s event will also enjoy special access to the Pits for a closer look at the regional CMRC entries as part of the Mix’N’Mingle concept introduced last year

+ there will be something for everyone in the Grounds, too, with food stalls including Ackee Tree, BigChillz Ice Cream, Cou-Cou Village, Harrys Danny Burgers, Ling Pong, SIPS and Vincent’s Snowcones

 

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

 

Williams Digicel International Race Meet

Bushy Park Barbados, September 3/4 – Provisional timetable

 

Saturday, September 3

These scheduled starting times may be changed by the Race Director

7.30am – 12.30pm: Scrutineering

9.00am: Practice 1 – CMRC Superstock & BPMSI Bikes, Classes A & B

9.25am: Practice 2 – CMRC Group 2 & BPMSI Group 3/2

9.50am: Practice 3 – CMRC Group 3 & BPMSI Group 3/3

10.15am: Practice 4 – BPMSI Groups 1 & 2

10.40am: Practice 5 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup

11.05am: Practice 6 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup

11.30am: Practice 7 – CMRC Group 4 & BPMSI Group 4

1.00pm: Qualifying 1 – CMRC Superstock & BPMSI Bikes, Classes A & B

1.30pm: Qualifying 2 – CMRC Group 2 & BPMSI Group 3/2

2.00pm: Qualifying 3 – CMRC Group 3 & BPMSI Group 3/3

2.40pm: Qualifying 4 – BPMSI Groups 1 & 2

3.00pm: Qualifying 5 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup

3.20pm: Qualifying 6 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup

3.40pm: Qualifying 7 – CMRC Group 4 & BPMSI Group 4

 

4:00pm: BKA SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 7 

Sunday, September 4

These scheduled starting times may be changed by the Race Director

7.55am: National Anthem

8.00am: Race 1 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Superstock & Monster Energy Classes A & B (8 laps)

8.20am: Race 2 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 2 & Williams Equipment Group 3/2 (6 laps)

8.40am: Race 3 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 3 & Williams Equipment Group 3/3 (6 laps)

9.00am: Race 4 – Percy King Auto Parts Group 1 & Crane & Equipment Group 2 (6 laps)

9.20am: Race 5 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup (12 laps)

9.40am: Race 6 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup (8 laps)

10.00am: Race 7 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 4 & BPMSI Group 4 (8 laps)

10.20am: Race 8 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Superstock & Monster Energy Classes A & B (8 laps)

10.40am: Race 9 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 2 & Williams Equipment Group 3/2 (6 laps)

11.00am: Race 10 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 3 & Williams Equipment Group 3/3 (6 laps)

11.20am: Race 11 – Percy King Auto Parts Group 1 & Crane & Equipment Group 2 (6 laps)

11.40am: Race 12 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup (12 laps)

12.00pm: Race 13 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup (8 laps)

12.20pm: Race 14 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 4 & BPMSI Group 4 (8 laps)

Lunch break

1.00pm: Race 15 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Superstock & Monster Energy Bikes, Classes A & B (8 laps)

1.20pm: Race 16 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 2 & Williams Equipment Group 3/2 (6 laps)

2.00pm: Race 17 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 3 & Williams Equipment Group 3/3 (6 laps)

2.20pm: Race 18 – Percy King Auto Parts Group 1 & Crane & Equipment Group 2 (6 laps)

2.40pm: Race 19 – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup (12 laps)

3.00pm: Race 20 – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup (8 laps)

3.20pm: Race 21 – Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 4 & BPMSI Group 4 (8 laps)

3.50pm: Race 22 – Hilti Bike Handicap (8 laps)

4.15pm: Race 23 – Hilti Car Handicap (8 laps)

5.30pm: Williams Digicel International Race Meet Prizegiving

 

Williams Digicel International Race Meet

Overseas participants – * indicates Bushy Park Barbados debut

 

Seaboard Marine CMRC Superstock

* Kiel Abraham – T&T (Kawasaki ZX-6R)

* Norman Chung – JAM (Yamaha R6)

Luke De Nobriga – T&T (Yamaha R6)

Nicholas Gonzales – T&T (Kawasaki ZX-6R)

Kevin Graham – CAN, rep BAR (Racing Yamaha R6)

* Kyle Reynolds – JAM (Kawasaki ZX-6R)

Elliot Vieira – GUY (Kawasaki ZX-6R) – 2015 Champion

Matthew Vieira – GUY (Yamaha R6)

Stephen Vieira – GUY (Kawasaki ZX-6R) – 2016 Championship leader

* Mario Woon – JAM (Honda CBR600RR)

 

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 4

* Frankie Boodram – T&T (Nissan 350Z)

Franklyn Boodram – T&T (Renault Megane Trophy)

 

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 3

* Alan Chen – JAM (Toyota Starlet)

Nazim Gafoor – GUY (Mazda Miata)

* Ravi Singh – T&T (Mazda RX-7)

Paul Vieira – GUY, rep T&T (Mazda RX-7) – 2016 Championship leader, 2015 Champion

* Ronald Wortman – T&T (Honda Civic)

 

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 2

Daryl Ali – T&T (Honda Civic)

* Luke Bhola – T&T (Honda Civic) – 2016 Championship leader

Marc Gill – T&T (Honda Civic) – 2015 Champion

Haresh Nanan – T&T (Nissan Sentra)

* Shan Seejattan – GUY (Honda Civic)

* Bridget Singh – T&T (Honda Civic)

 

Suzuki Challenge Series

Pascal Calvel – MTQ (Suzuki Swift Sport)

David Coelho – T&T (Radical SR3 RS)

Kristian Jeffrey – GUY (Radical SR3 RS & Suzuki Swift Sport)

Calvin Ming – GUY (Radical SR3 RS)

* Timothy Stewart – JAM (Suzuki Swift Sport)

Mark Vieira – GUY (Radical SR3 RS)

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Team Barbados gets ready for Williams Digicel International

 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

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CMRC Bike Bonanza at Williams Digicel International

 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

Image Courtesy: MS Mikey Spice 

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