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

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)

 

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

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 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

Image courtesy: MS Mikey Spice

 

Williams Digicel International to host CMRC at Bushy Park

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 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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