Strong performance from Barbados at CMRC Wallerfield

Team Barbados headed home from last Sunday’s (July 24) second round of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship with a 100 per cent finishing record in all classes at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago. Mark Maloney, who now leads the Group 4 2wd Championship, was the group’s Champion Driver on the day, while Steve King, who claimed his first CMRC victory, shared the Gp3 Champion Driver honours with Paul Vieira.

Attention now turns to preparations for round three of the CMRC, which will headline Bushy Park Motor Sport Inc’s (BPMSI) action-packed International Race Meet at the St Philip facility over the weekend of September 3rd/4th, a little over five weeks away.

The Digicel / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3 ran faultlessly all weekend. Maloney said: “A lot of time has been spent on making it more reliable and it is now faster than ever before and handling better than ever before”, words backed up by his Qualifying performance. He was comfortably the fastest 2wd, by more than 1sec, with a time of 40.125s; more than that, he was right on the heels of the top 4wd cars – lap record holder Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) was on pole (39.047s), with Jamaica’s Doug Gore (Audi TT-R DTM) clocking 39.830s.MMMT

Although there are now separate points tables – and Champion Driver titles – for 2wd and 4wd Group 4, the two classes ran together at Wallerfield, Maloney just seven-tenths behind Gore at the chequered flag after the first 12-lap race. But it was the 2wd battle on which Maloney needed to focus – with a hat-trick of comfortable victories, finishing more than 30secs ahead of his closest rivals, he is the new Gp4 2wd points leader.

T&T’s Franklyn Boodram (Renault Megane Trophy) was second in the first two races, then third in the final outing behind Jamaica’s Peter Rae (Mazda RX-7), who had led the points before the weekend. Adding victory in the final race at Jamwest in May, Maloney now has four straight wins to his credit, and 118 points; Rae is second (108) and Boodram third (102) promising a close battle ‘at home’ for Maloney in September.

In Group 3, Steve King qualified the Automotive Art / Valvoline / Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet fourth, with three T&T drivers ahead – David Lyons (Suzuki Swift) on pole, reigning Champion Paul Vieira (Mazda RX-7) and Ronald Wortman (Honda Civic). King finished fifth in race one, equalling his best overseas CMRC result (Guyana 2014), then claimed his first podium in race two, before crowning a successful day with his first win.

King’s strong performance netted him 50 points, slotting him straight in to fourth place in the Gp3 standings, behind the only three drivers who have scored at both venues – Vieira, who has 125, Guyana’s Danny Persaud (Mazda Miata) on 66 and Jamaica’s Alan Chen (Starlet), who has scored 63. With dropped scores to be taken into account at year-end, there is still a long way to go.

Twice a CMRC Champion, Mark Thompson (Stag Beer / Automotive Art / Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic) had three top five finishes in the fiercely-competitive Group 2. T&T’s Mark Williams, in the ex-Kyle Gregg Civic, claimed a hat-trick of wins, chased home each time by the Civics of Guyana’s Shan Seejattan and T&T’s Luke Bhola, who has assumed the Gp2 lead from Jamaica’s Sebastian Rae, who did not race. With two fourths and a fifth to his credit, Thompson joins the standings in seventh place.

On two wheels, Brook Miller piloted the Evolite / Kari Brook Live / Bridgestone / VP Racing / Kore Fitness / Biz Needz Suzuki GSX-R600 to three top seven finishes in the CMRC Superstock races; with 20 riders having scored points so far, Miller’s 26 slot him into 10th place, Guyana’s Stephen and Matthew Vieira are leading the way aboard Kawasaki and Triumph machines, with 122 and 105 points respectively.

Image courtesy of Nicholas Bhajan Photography/Caribbean Action Images.

Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship 2016

Round 2, July 23/24 – Wallerfield, Trinidad & Tobago – results

Group 4 (4wd) – Race 1: 1st Doug Gore (JAM), Audi TT-R DTM; 2nd Christian Bourne (T&T), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII; 3rd Kristian Boodoosingh (T&T), Evo VI; 4th Gregory John (T&T), Mazda RX-7; no other finishers Race 2: 1st Gore; no other finishers Race 3: 1st Gore; 2nd Gerard Carrington (T&T), Evo VIII; 3rd Boodoosingh; 4th John; no other finishers

Driver Championship (Gp4 – 4wd): 1st Gore 136 points; 2nd Kyle Gregg (JAM), Radical RXC 43pts; 3rd Boodoosingh 30pts; 4th John 24pts; equal 5th Bourne, Carrington & Paul Bodden (CAY), Evo VII 18pts; etc

Group 4 (2wd) – Race 1: 1st Mark Maloney (BAR), Mazda RX-3; 2nd Franklyn Boodram (T&T), Renault Megane Trophy; 3rd Richard Mohammed (T&T), RX-7; 4th Jason Chen (T&T), Lotus Elite; 5th Peter Rae (JAM), RX-7; no other finishers Race 2: 1st Maloney; 2nd Boodram; 3rd Rae; 4th Mohammed; no other finishers Race 3: 1st Maloney; 2nd Rae; 3rd Boodram; 4th Mohan Rangasammy (GUY), RX-7; 5th David Lyons (T&T), Suzuki Swift; 6th Danny Persaud (GUY), Mazda Miata; etc

Driver Championship (Gp4 – 2wd): 1st Maloney 118pts; 2nd Rae 108pts; 3rd Boodram 102pts; 4th Rangasammy 51pts; 5th Mohammed 33pts; 6th Persaud 18pts; etc

Group 3 – Race 1: 1st Paul Vieira (T&T), Mazda RX-7; 2nd David Lyons (T&T), Suzuki Swift; 3rd Danny Persaud (GUY), Mazda Miata; 4th Alan Chen (JAM), Toyota Starlet; 5th Steve King (BAR), Starlet; 6th Ishmael Khan (T&T), Starlet Race 2: 1st P Vieira; 2nd A Chen; 3rd King; 4th Persaud; 5th Afraz Allie (GUY), Starlet; 6th Khan; etc Race 3: 1st King; 2nd Ronald Wortman (T&T), Honda Civic; 3rd A Chen; 4th Persaud; 5th Allie; 6th Khan

Driver Championship (Gp3): 1st P Vieira 125pts; 2nd Persaud 66pts; 3rd A Chen 63pts; 4th King 50pts; 5th Gary Barrett (CAY), Civic 42pts; 6th Nazim Gafoor (GUY), Miata 40pts; etc

Group 2 – Race 1: 1st Mark Williams (T&T), Honda Civic; 2nd Shan Seejattan (GUY), Civic; 3rd Luke Bhola (T&T), Civic; 4th Mark Thompson (BAR), Civic; 5th Che Carrington (T&T), Civic; 6th Justin Sanguinette (T&T), Civic; etc Race 2: 1st Williams; 2nd Seejattan; 3rd Bhola; 4th Thompson; 5th Sanguinette; 6th Peter Jaggon (JAM), Honda Civic; etc Race 3: 1st Williams; 2nd Seejattan; 3rd Bhola; 4th Kristian Boodoosingh (T&T), Civic; 5th Thompson; 6th Ross Vieira (T&T), Civic; etc

Driver Championship (Gp2): 1st Bhola 93pts; 2nd Williams 75pts; 3rd Sebastien Rae (JAM), Civic 55pts; 4th Seejattan 54pts; 5th Marc Gill (T&T), Civic 50pts; 6th Daryl Ali (T&T), Civic 45pts; etc

Country Championship (Cars): 1st Trinidad & Tobago 799pts; 2nd Jamaica 465pts; 3rd Guyana 276pts; 4th Barbados 202pts; 5th Cayman Islands 60pts; 6th CAMS 4pts

Superstock – Race 1: 1st Matthew Vieira (GUY), Triumph 675 Daytona; 2nd Stephen Vieira (GUY), Kawasaki ZX6; 3rd Keil Abraham (T&T), Kawasaki ZX6; 4th Warren De Nobrega (T&T), Yamaha R6; 5th Brook Miller (BAR) Suzuki GSX-R600; 6th Kevin Persaud (GUY), Kawasaki ZX6; etc Race 2: 1st M Vieira; 2nd S Vieira; 3rd Abraham; 4th Dominic DeLeon (T&T), Kawasaki ZX6; 5th Miller; 6th Heeranand Boodram (GUY), Yamaha R6; etc Race 3: 1st M Vieira; 2nd S Vieira; 3rd DeLeon; 4th H Boodram; 5th De Nobriega; 6th Abraham; etc

Rider Championship: 1st S Vieira 122pts; 2nd M Vieira 105pts; 3rd Robert McDonald (JAM), Yamaha R6 45pts; 4th Elliott Vieira (GUY), Kawasaki ZX6 43pts; 5th Abraham 38pts; equal 6th De Nobrega & Linton Martin (JAM), Kawasaki ZX6 28pts; etc

Country Championship (Bikes): 1st Guyana 326pts; 2nd Jamaica 157pts; 3rd Trinidad & Tobago 97pts; 4th Barbados 26pts

Team Barbados heads south for CMRC action at Wallerfield

A four-man team from Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) will see action at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago this weekend (July 23/24). They will contest round two of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motoring Racing Championship (CMRC), which heads for Bushy Park Barbados for its third round on September 3/4.

BMMark Maloney will contest Group 4 in his Digicel / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3, Steve King Gp3 in the Automotive Art / Valvoline / Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet and Mark Thompson Gp2 in his Stag Beer / Automotive Art / Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic. On two wheels, Brook Miller will fly the Broken Trident aboard the Evolite / Kari Brook Live / Bridgestone / VP Racing / Kore Fitness / Biz Needz Suzuki GSX-R600.

MM-1Maloney was the only Barbados driver at the opening round of the CMRC at Jamwest in Jamaica in May, where he finished third in Group 4 2wd – the top group is split this year, with a year-end Champion to be declared in both 4wd and 2wd. He was elbowed out of the first race, recording a dnf, battled through from 13th to finish second in race two, then finished fourth overall and top 2wd in the day’s final race.

Jamaica’s Peter Rae (RX-7) had won the two earlier races, then finished third in race three, amassing a total of 65 points, with T&T’s Franklyn Boodram (Renault Megane Trophy) second on 51 – he was second-third-second – while Maloney logged 43. Maloney was at Wallerfield last year, but mechanical issues on Saturday meant no racing, while Rae and hometown hero Boodram each had two points-scoring finishes.

This leading trio can expect further competition from Guyana’s Mohan Rangasammy (RX-7), who lies four points adrift of Maloney after Jamwest, and his fellow countryman Danny Persaud, whose Mazda Miata finished five out of six races at Wallerfield last year, when he ran in both Groups 3 and 4.

MT Two-time CMRC Gp2 Champion Thompson will be hoping to repeat his first visit to Wallerfield in 2014, when he won all three Gp2 races on the way to his second title, having won previously in 2012. Last year, having set the pace in Qualifying, victory in Race 1 was his best finish, heading home the Civics of Guyana’s Shairaz Roshandin and T&T’s Marc Gill, who went on to win the Gp2 title. After retiring from Race 2 with engine problems, Thompson started at the back for the last race, benefitting from a Turn 1 incident to run fourth at the end of lap one; his Civic started smoking again, however, and he finished third behind Mark Williams (Civic) and Roshandin, with Gill fourth.

King will run in Gp3, where Reigning Champion, Guyana’s Paul Vieira, will again race a Mazda RX-7 for T&T’s Team Tigers. With a hat-trick of wins in Jamaica, his maximum 75 points gives him a 33-point advantage over Gary Barrett (Civic) of the Cayman Islands, with Guyana’s Nazim Gafoor (Miata) third, another two points adrift.

Miller, who leads the BPMSI Class A Bikes Championship, reinforced his excellent current form on Easter Monday, when he brought the Bushy Park Barbados Outright Bike Lap Record back home with a lap of 1m 04.192s, beating the mark set by Guyana’s Elliot Vieira at last September’s CMRC International.

Elliott is one of three Vieiras racing this weekend – with two wins and a second in Jamaica, Stephen leads the Superstock standings, with Jamaica’s Robert McDonald second; Elliott, who won the third race at Jamwest, is third, ahead of Matthew Vieira.

Practice and qualifying on Saturday will be followed by a full programme of racing on Sunday, slated to start at 11.00am. As well as three races each for the CMRC categories, there will be local events for the Trinidad & Tobago Automobile Sports Association Gp1 and the new Super Street category, along with a demonstration by Zachary Boodram in his Formula 4 single-seater.

Ullyett leads BPMSI Championship at half-way point

 Geoffrey Ullyett has a comfortable lead midway through Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BMPSI) 2016 Championship as racers prepare for round three at Bushy Park Barbados on Sunday, July 3. With Time Attack competitors joining the BPMSI regulars on Sunday and the Barbados Karting Association (BKA) racing under floodlights on Saturday evening, the first weekend of July looks set to launch the second half of the island’s motor sport season with a bang.

  Thanks to a perfect record of wins in Group 1/Class 1 at the wheel of the Ullyett’s Machine Shop Nissan, Ullyett has amassed the maximum possible 150 points, to lead the Champion Driver title chase by 48 points from Darren Lashley (Full Live Racing Parts/SRG Engineering/KK Auto Repairs/Print Image/Williams Equipment Peugeot 205XS), who is also second in Gp1/C1, and Adrian Bailey, who leads Gp1/C2 in his Ellco Rentals/SRG Engineering/Lucid Consulting/Dove’s Exhaust Repairs/M Y Bhana Everything Store Peugeot 205.

  On two wheels, races were hard-fought at both the Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet at Easter and the second round on May Day, with record numbers of local riders in action – 16 riders have scored points so far. With five wins in six races, Brook Miller (Evolite/Kari Brook Live/Bridgestone/VP Racing/Kore Fitness/Biz Needz Suzuki GSX-R600) has clocked up 125 points, to lead Class A from Kris Brathwaite (EXECSEC Corporate Services Yamaha R6), who has 96.

  In Class B, competition is tight, with fewer than 30 points covering the top four riders, with Ronnie Cooke (Ride-Tech Yamaha R6) ahead on 97 points; Lowrey Worrell (Suzuki GSX-R600) is just six points adrift in second place, with Mario Blackett (Honda CBR600) and Marc-Lee Bascombe (Hot Legendary Fishcakes Yamaha R6) equal third on 68 points.

  The provisional timetable for Sunday, July 3, includes three six-lap races each for the BPMSI Championship classes, with Hilti Handicap races at the end of the day, one each for cars and bikes. The Time Attack competitors will enjoy two rounds, plus a final. Entries opened at Motorsport Services last Wednesday (June 15) and will close next Wednesday (June 29), after which a provisional entry list will be published.

  Spectator viewing will be from the Open Air Suites, which can be accessed through the Pit Gate, which will open at 10.00am; patrons can pay at the gate.

Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc. Championship points after Round 2:

Group 1/Class 1: 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop Nissan 120Y), 150 points; 2nd Darren Lashley (Full Live Racing Parts/SRG Engineering/KK Auto Repairs/Print Image/Williams Equipment Peugeot 205XS), 102pts; 3rd William Jones (H & B Hardware & Lumber Inc Datsun B310), 74pts; etc

Gp1/C2: 1st Adrian Bailey (Ellco Rentals/SRG Engineering/Lucid Consulting/Dove’s Exhaust Repairs/M Y Bhana Everything Store Peugeot 205), 102pts; 2nd Robert Gill (Venture Car Rentals/Hilti/AS Auto Stop/Rezult Auto Toyota Starlet), 63pts; equal 3rd Devan McCartney (C & A Autobody Repair/Zephirins Bakery/R & J Recovery Honda CRX) & Ryan Wood (Vaucluse Raceway/Sitemasters Property Management BMW Compact), 51pts; etc

Gp2/C1: 1st Tremaine Forde-Catwell (CCT Paints/Cheese Auto Glass Finishes/Rezults Auto Daihatsu Charmant), 90pts; 2nd Andre Forde (Forde’s Vending Machines/Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet), 36pts

Gp2/C2: 1st Andre Corbin (Toyota Corolla SR), 12pts 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

Gp3/C2: 1st Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment/MP Oil/Hilti Toyota Starlet), 69pts; 2nd Jason Harewood (Mark’s Auto Spares/Gaskin’s Garage/Castrol Toyota Starlet), 36pts

Gp3/C2: 1st Shawn Eversley (L&N Workshop/SE Performance Suzuki Swift), 12pts Gp4: 1st Mark Maloney (Digicel/Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3), 42pts; 2nd Sammy Cumberbatch (Williams Industries/Castrol/Hilti BMW M3), 39pts

Hilti Handicap for Cars: 1st Stuart Maloney (Radical RS3 RS), 37pts; 2nd Mark Maloney (Digicel/Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3), 25pts; equal 3rd David Simpson (Team Sol Radical RS3 RS) & Andre Forde (Forde’s Vending Machines/Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet), 18pts; equal 5th Ryan Wood (Team Digicel Suzuki Swift Sport) & Kevin Wiggins (Johnson’s Auto Repairs/Wallace Trucking/KK Auto Repairs Toyota Starlet), 17pts; etc

Bikes – Class A: 1st Brook Miller (Evolite/Kari Brook Live/Bridgestone/VP Racing/Kore Fitness/Biz Needz Suzuki GSX-R600), 125pts; 2nd Kris Brathwaite (EXECSEC Corporate Services Yamaha R6), 96pts; 3rd Kevin Graham – CDN (Sunburst Orange Juice/Pirelli/BPCI Suzuki GSX-R600), 54pts; etc

Bikes – Class B: 1st Ronnie Cooke (Ride-Tech Yamaha R6), 97pts; 2nd Lowrey Worrell (Suzuki GSX-R600), 91pts; equal 3rd Mario Blackett (Honda CBR600) & Marc-Lee Bascombe (Hot Legendary Fishcakes Yamaha R6), 68pts; etc

Hilti Handicap for Bikes: 1st Mario Blackett (Honda CBR600), 25pts; 2nd Terrance Ollivierre (Kermit’s Bar/Percy King Auto Parts/Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600), 18pts; 3rd Shaquille Kellman (Triumph Daytona), 15pts; 4th Kirk Greaves (Suzuki GSX-R600), 12pts; 5th Lowrey Worrell (Suzuki GSX-R600), 10pts; etc

Hat-tricks as BPMSI launches 2016 Championship

Drivers and bikers claimed race-winning hat-tricks over the Easter weekend as Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) kicked off its 2016 Championship at the Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet (March 26 & 28) at Bushy Park. Maurita Forde made history as the first female biker to race at the redeveloped facility, a record number of bikes – more than ever outside the CMRC – turned out to race and Brook ‘Unique’ Miller claimed a new Bike Lap Record.

The BPMSI Bike Championship opened the 17-race programme, with Brook Miller (Suzuki GSX-R600) on pole, ahead of Canada’s Kevin Graham (GSX-R600), Kris Brathwaite (Yamaha R6) and Terrance Ollivierre (GSX-R600); Steve Linton (Honda CBR600) and Ronnie Cooke (Yamaha R6) were on the Class B front row. Miller stormed away at the lights, and stayed ahead all day, leading every lap of the three bike races, chased home each time by Graham, with Brathwaite and Ollivierre sharing the third places. In Class B, Cooke (R6) and Mario Blackett (CBR600) shared the wins.

Miller brought the Outright Bike Lap Record back home with his second-race fastest lap of 1m 04.192s (70.04mph/112.774kmh), beating the mark set by Guyana’s Elliot Vieira (Triumph Daytona) at last September’s Williams Industries Digicel CMRC International.

On four wheels, the Group 1 races were close-fought and entertaining, Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet) the overall and Class 2 winner in all three, the first after snatching the lead from Robert Gill (Starlet) mid-way round the final lap; Geoff Ullyett (Nissan 120Y) won Group 1 Class 1 each time. On a day when attrition played a major part in proceedings, the merged races for Groups 2, 3 and 4 were less exciting, although hat-trick overall winner Kenrick Husbands (Starlet) and Ullyett (BMW M3) did a sterling job of keeping the crowd entertained with some ad hoc drifting.

The Hilti Handicap races were shortened from 10 to eight laps, when rain started to fall, but the bikers proved a hardy bunch, pleasing the equally hardy spectators with an impressive display of determination against the elements. Class B biker Blackett was a worthy winner, a riding boot to the floor on each corner to steady his progress, as Class A runner Ollivierre hunted him down, reducing the handicap start of 23secs to just 3secs by the chequered flag; Shaquille Kellman (Triumph) finished third.

BPMSI also hosted the opening rounds of the Suzuki Challenge Series over the weekend and a number of Swift Sports and Radicals joined the handicap for the first time. Amid a host of spins in the extremely tricky conditions, Stuart Maloney added a fourth victory to his SR3 Cup hat-trick from earlier in the day, with fellow Radical racer David Simpson and Ryan Wood, who was the dominant force in the Swift Cup over the weekend, completing the podium.

Early in the day, between the traditional Herringbone and the start of racing, around 30 bikes assembled, some which would race later in the day, for a parade lap of the circuit to celebrate the memory of Euwin Noel, who was killed in a road accident earlier this month. A keen biker and a regular at Bushy Park track days, Noel had been training to be a competitor, but never realised his dream.

Brook Miller photo compliments: Jamel Gittens/Regal Imagery

Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet

March 26 & 28 – results

Bikes Class A – Race 1: 1st Brook ‘Unique’ Miller (Evolite/Kari Brook Live/Bridgestone/VP Racing/Kore Fitness/Biz Needz Suzuki GSX-R600); 2nd Kevin Graham – CDN (Sunburst Orange Juice/Pirelli/BPCI Suzuki GSX-R600); 3rd Kris Brathwaite (EXECSEC Corporate Services Yamaha R6); etc Race 2: 1st Miller; 2nd Graham; 3rd Brathwaite; etc Race 3: 1st Miller; 2nd Graham; 3rd Terrance Ollivierre (Kermit’s Bar/Percy King Auto Parts/Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600); etc

Bikes Class B – Race 1: 1st Mario Blackett (Honda CBR600); 2nd Steve Linton (Honda CBR600); 3rd Ronnie Cooke (Ride-Tech Yamaha R6); etc Race 2: 1st Cooke; 2nd Blackett; 3rd Lowrey Worrell (Suzuki GSX-R600); etc Race 3: 1st Blackett; 2nd Cooke; 3rd Worrell; etc

Hilti Handicap for Bikes: 1st Blackett; 2nd Ollivierre; 3rd Shaquille Kellman (Triumph Daytona); 4th Kirk Greaves (Suzuki GSX-R600); 5th Worrell

Group 1/Class 1 – Race 1: 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop Nissan 120Y); 2nd Darren Lashley (Full Live Racing Parts/SRG Engineering/KK Auto Repairs/Print Image/Williams Equipment Peugeot 205XS); 3rd Andre Walcott (Courts iFinance / Courts Optical / M-Grafix Suzuki Swift); etc Race 2: 1st Ullyett; 2nd Lashley; 3rd Paul St Hill (Federal Motor Spares/NOS Services/LiquiMoly Nissan Sentra B12); etc Race 2: 1st Ullyett; 2nd Lashley; 3rd William Jones (H & B Hardware & Lumber Inc Datsun B310)

Grp1/C2 – Race 1: 1st Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet); 2nd Robert Gill (Venture Car Rentals/Hilti/AS Auto Stop/Rezult Auto Toyota Starlet); 3rd Devan McCartney (C & A Autobody Repair/Zephirins Bakery/R & J Recovery Honda CRX); etc Race 2: 1st Jones; 2nd McCartney; 3rd Gill; etc Race 3: 1st Jones; 2nd McCartney; 3rd Adrian Bailey (Ellco Rentals/SRG Engineering/Lucid Consulting/Dove’s Exhaust Repairs/M Y Bhana Everything Store Peugeot 205); etc

Groups 2, 3 & 4 – Race 1, overall: 1st Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment/MP Oil/Hilti Toyota Starlet); 2nd Jason Harewood (Mark’s Auto Spares/Gaskin’s Garage/ Castrol Toyota Starlet); 3rd Tremaine Forde-Catwell (CCT Paints/Cheese Auto Glass Finishes/Rezults Auto Daihatsu Charmant); etc Grp3/C3: Husbands Grp3/C2: Harewood Grp2/C1: Forde-Catwell Grp2/C3: 1st Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop BMW M3); 2nd Shawn Eversley (L&N Workshop/SE Performance Suzuki Swift) Race 2, overall: 1st Husbands; 2nd Harewood; 3rd Forde-Catwell; etc Grp3/C3: Husbands Grp3/C2: Harewood Grp2/C1: Forde-Catwell Grp2/C2: Andre Forde (Forde’s Vending Machines /Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet) Grp2/C3: Ullyett Race 3, overall: 1st Husbands; 2nd Harewood; 3rd Forde-Catwell; etc Grp3/C3: Husbands Grp3/C2: Harewood Grp2/C1: Forde-Catwell  Grp2/C3: Ullyett

Hilti Handicap for Cars: 1st Stuart Maloney (Radical RS3 RS); 2nd David Simpson (Team Sol Radical RS3 RS); 3rd Ryan Wood (Team Digicel Suzuki Swift Sport); 4th Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL Suzuki Swift Sport); 5th Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance Suzuki Swift Sport); 6th Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement Suzuki Swift Sport); 7th Arron Parris (Team RBC Suzuki Swift Sport); 8th Bailey; 9th Kevin Wiggins (Johnson’s Auto Repairs/Wallace Trucking/KK Auto Repairs Toyota Starlet); 10th Ullyett; etc

Parkinson and Parris join Suzuki Challenge Series winner’s row as Wood takes early lead

Jason Parkinson and newcomer Arron Parris joined the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup roll of honour at Bushy Park Barbados over the Easter weekend, but Ryan Wood was the star of the show, with two pole positions, three race wins and three fastest laps. Stuart Maloney dominated the SR3 Cup, with a hat-trick of victories.

The second Swift Cup season opened with a double-header, three races each on Saturday and Monday (March 26 & 28), while the SR3 Cup contenders raced only during Monday’s Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet, organised by Bushy Park Motor Sport Inc.

With a host of new names joining the Swift Cup grid, a change in the established order was expected . . . and it started in Qualifying on Saturday. Wood (Team Digicel) claimed his first pole position and Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance) equalled his best of second, with Reigning Champion, Trinidad & Tobago’s Ryan Peyrau (Team Suzuki), and Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement) the best of the newcomers, on row two. With Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol), Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries) and Dane Skeete (Team Simpson Finance) all within half-a-second of Wood’s pole time, it was going to be tight.

Wood made an excellent getaway from the southern grid in Race 1 for a lights-to-flag victory, chased home by Peyrau, who had squeezed past Read on the opening lap. Parkinson fought through to claim the third podium place, with Edwards again top Rookie, finishing fourth with fastest lap. In a change of format for the new season, the reversed grid for Race 2 is now based on Qualifying times, rather than the results of Race 1, with Team Digicel again on pole, this time courtesy of Derek Edwards, standing in for regular driver Daryl Clarke, who was unavailable.

Edwards led for the first two laps as the closely-knit field resembled a 48-wheeled train snaking around the 2.01-kilometre track, until Parkinson made a lunge as they bunched up at the Sesash Hairpin, passing four cars before the next turn. He took a lead he was not to relinquish on lap three, crossing the line 1.5secs ahead of Skeete, the second newcomer to claim fastest lap, with Read an impressive third from 10th on the grid.

With the grid for Race 3 based on points scored in the first two, Parkinson and Wood lined up on row one, ahead of Peyrau and Skeete, with Martinique’s Pascal Calvel (Team Suzuki) and Read on row three, the latter having received a two-grid penalty for an incident in Race 2. In a thrill-packed eight laps, two battles held the crowd’s attention, as Parkinson and Wood battled for the lead and Peyrau and Skeete fought for the final podium place. Parkinson and Wood, who claimed the fastest lap, crossed the line nose-to-tail, while Skeete was promoted to third and his second podium of the day when Peyrau was disqualified for not taking the Joker Lap.

Parkinson had a 12-point advantage over Wood, with Read and Skeete equal third heading in to round two on Monday, with the grid for Race 1 based on the second-fastest time set by each driver in Saturday Qualifying. The grid was very similar, with Wood logging a second pole position and Read, Carlos Edwards, Peyrau, Parkinson and Skeete completing the top six.

Wood repeated his Saturday Race 1 performance, leading throughout for his sixth Swift Cup win, also adding a sixth fastest lap to his tally. He was chased home this time by Read, with Peyrau third and Carlos Edwards claiming his best result so far in fourth, ahead of Parkinson and Skeete.

Derek Edwards was again on the reversed-grid pole, ahead of Parris, driving for new sponsor Team RBC, Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL), Calvel, Husbands and Skeete. This time, Edwards was to lead for only one lap, before Parris made his move, even retaining the lead when he took the Joker Lap next time round. In second place, Skeete collected his third podium of the weekend, while Parkinson was third; when he rejoined from his Joker Lap on the final tour, however, there was contact in the midst of a close battle between Read and Wood, for which Parkinson was given a five-grid penalty for Race 3.

From the start, it was tight at the top, Wood leading Read, Skeete, Husbands, Peyrau and, from half-distance, Parkinson in a six-car train that tantalisingly drove past the Joker Lap entrance again and again; the first to blink were Skeete and Peyrau on lap six, then Read and Parkinson a lap later. When Wood and Husbands peeled off over the Rallycross Bridge on the last lap, it looked as though third-placed Read was finally going to lose his Swift Cup ‘bridesmaid’ status, but a determined Wood was alongside him as he rejoined and they fought tooth and nail to the flag, crossing the line just 0.263secs apart, the closest finish yet in the Swift Cup. Husbands finished third, another half-second behind, claiming the fastest lap.

Reigning SR3 Cup Champion Sean Maloney reclaimed the Qualifying Lap Record with a time of 58.416s on Monday, to start ahead of brothers Stuart and Mark, Suleman Esuf and David Simpson. The pole-sitter got the best of the start in Race 1, leading until half-distance, when Stuart assumed a lead he held to the flag, followed by Sean and Mark.

With Simpson and Esuf ahead of the Maloneys for the reversed-grid Race 2, a different outcome seemed likely, but they tangled at the Banks Esses on lap one. Simpson rejoined first, but was passed by Esuf, who was a joy to watch as he pushed his car to the limits, missing out on a new lap record by just two-hundredths of a second. The top three finished in the same order as in Race 1, as Mark Maloney was handed a 10-second jump start penalty, although he crossed the line first.

Stuart Maloney made it a hat-trick of victories in race three, leading from lights to flag, chased initially by Sean, then Mark, who finished second, with Esuf third and Simpson fourth, after the Reigning Champion spun on the penultimate lap.

 

Suzuki Challenge Series, Swift Cup round 1 (March 26)

Race 1: 1st Ryan Wood (Team Digicel); 2nd Ryan Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki); 3rd Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol); 4th Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance); 5th Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement); 6th Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries); 7th Dane Skeete (Team Simpson Finance); 8th Pascal Calvel – MTQ (Team Suzuki); 9th Arron Parris (Team RBC); 10th Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL); 11th Derek Edwards (Team Digicel) Race 2: 1st Parkinson; 2nd Skeete; 3rd Read; 4th Peyrau; 5th Wood; 6th Calvel; 7th D Edwards; 8th Catwell; 9th Parris; 10th Husbands; 11th C Edwards Race 3: 1st Parkinson; 2nd Wood; 3rd Skeete; 4th Read; 5th Husbands; 6th Catwell; 7th D Edwards; 8th C Edwards; 9th Parris; dnf Calvel; dq Peyrau

Points after round 1: 1st Parkinson 65 points; 2nd Wood 53pts; equal 3rd Read & Skeete 39pts; 5th Peyrau 30pts; 6th Husbands 19pts; 7th C Edwards 14pts; 8th Catwell 13pts; equal 9th Calvel & D Edwards 12pts; 11th Parris 6pts

Suzuki Challenge Series, Swift Cup round 2 (March 28)

Race 1: 1st Wood; 2nd Read; 3rd Peyrau; 4th C Edwards; 5th Parkinson; 6th Skeete; 7th Catwell; 8th Parris; 9th Freddie Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products); 10th Calvel; 11th D Edwards; 12th Husbands Race 2: 1st Parris; 2nd Skeete; 3rd Parkinson; 4th Read; 5th Wood; 6th Peyrau; 7th Husbands; 8th Catwell; 9th D Edwards; 10th Calvel; 11th C Edwards; 12th F Gale Race 3: 1st Wood; 2nd Read; 3rd Husbands; 4th Skeete; 5th Peyrau; 6th Parkinson; 7th Catwell; 8th Parris; 9th F Gale; 10th D Edwards; 11th Calvel; 12th C Edwards

Points after round 2: 1st Wood 113 points; 2nd Parkinson 98pts; 3rd Read 87pts; 4th Skeete 77pts; 5th Peyrau 63pts; 6th Parris 44pts; 7th Husbands 40pts; 8th Catwell 29pts; 9th C Edwards 26pts; 10th D Edwards 15pts; 11th Calvel 14pts; 12th F Gale 4pts

Suzuki Challenge Series, SR3 Cup round 1 (March 28)

Race 1: 1st Stuart Maloney; 2nd Sean Maloney; 3rd Mark Maloney; 4th Suleman Esuf; 5th David Simpson Race 2: 1st Stuart Maloney; 2nd Sean Maloney; 3rd M Maloney; 4th Esuf; 5th Simpson Race 3: 1st Stuart Maloney; 2nd M Maloney; 3rd Esuf; 4th Simpson; 5th Sean Maloney

Points after round 1: 1st Stuart Maloney 75 points; 2nd M Maloney 48pts; 3rd Sean Maloney 46pts; 4th Esuf 39pts; 5th Simpson 32pts