Team Barbados heads to South Dakota for CMRC Final

A seven-car team from Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) will see action at South Dakota in Guyana this weekend (November 12/13), as the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) reaches its fourth and final round. Three 40ft containers loaded in the Bushy Park Barbados pits before the weekend were scheduled to land in Guyana today (Wednesday).

Mark Maloney (Digicel/RBC/Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3) will contest Group 4 2wd, in which he has won five of the nine races so far this year; apart from being elbowed out of the opening race at Jamwest in Jamaica in May, he has a 100 per cent finishing record, winning all three races at Wallerfield in July, then the third race at Bushy Park in September, after a thrilling duel with Barry Mayers (Suzuki SX-4).

The Group title will be decided between Maloney, Jamaica’s Peter Rae (Mazda RX-7) and T&T’s Franklyn Boodram, who looks set to be racing his Renault Megane Trophy for the last time, as the car has recently been advertised for sale. The top group is split this year, with a year-end Champion to be declared in both 4wd and 2wd and no Overall CMRC Champion.

Guyana’s Paul Vieira is Champion Elect in Gp3, having won eight of the nine races in his former Mazda RX-7, which he campaigns under the T&T flag; even if he failed to finish three times at South Dakota, no-one can prevent him winning back-to-back titles. But there’s a huge scrap on the cards for the places behind him, with just eight points spread across the next four drivers, including equal fourth Steve King (Automotive Art/Valvoline/Percy King Auto Parts Toyota Starlet), who claimed his first CMRC win for Barbados at Wallerfield.

In his battle with Guyana’s Nizam Gafoor and Danny Persaud, both in Mazda Miatas, and T&T’s Ronald Wortman (Honda Civic), King will be hoping for strong performances from his three Barbados team-mates. Former Gp2 Champion Kurt Thompson (Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty/Digicel 4G/Beacon Insurance/RA Mapp/Versatile Construction/Slam 101.1FM/Y103.3FM Honda CRX) is currently eighth and Shawn Eversley (L&N Workshop/SE Performance Suzuki Swift), who will be touring for the first time to represent his country, is 10th. Also lining up in Gp3 is Tremaine-Forde Catwell, who will campaign the CCT Paints/Cheese Auto Glass Finishes/Hilti/Mark’s Auto Spares Datsun 1200 Turbo, in which his father had considerable success at Bushy Park.

Mark Thompson (Stag Beer/Automotive Art/Rock Hard Cement/Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty/Versatile Construction/Slam 101.1FM/Y103.3FM Civic) is in with a shout for a third Gp2 title – he was Champion in 2012 & ’14, and currently lies third in the standings. T&T’s Luke Bhola (Civic) leads the title chase, but has scored in all nine races, although he has yet to win one. His fellow-countryman and Reigning Champion Marc Gill (Civic) has only scored in six, as has Thompson.

Once you drop Bhola’s lowest three scores, there are only 18 points spread across these three very competitive drivers, so there is all to play for this weekend, with a potential 75 points on offer. Thompson will be hoping that Kenrick ‘Snappa’ Husbands (Williams Equipment/MP/Big Gas/Hilti Starlet), another former Gp2 Champion, will be able to mix up the action and help him to the title.

Qualifying from noon on Saturday will be followed by an action-packed programmes of 27 races on Sunday, slated to start at 8.20am, following the traditional Lap of Honour. As well as three races each for the CMRC categories, there will be local events for the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club Championships.

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

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 2 – Race 1: 1st Marc Gill – T&T (Liqui Moly/Marine Safety Equipment Honda Civic); 2nd Mark Thompson – BAR (Stag Beer/Automotive Art/Rock Hard Cement/Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty/Versatile Construction/Slam 101.1FM/Y103.3FM Honda Civic); 3rd Kenrick Husbands – BAR (Williams Equipment/MP/Big Gas/Hilti Toyota Starlet); 4th Luke Bhola – T&T (Torco Racing Fuels/Richtune Performance Honda Civic); 5th Daryl Ali – T&T (AutoNation Performance/Total/VP Racing Honda Civic); 6th Jason Harewood – BAR (Mark’s Auto Spares/Gaskins Garage/Castrol/JVM Signage/SDRR/Image Vault Toyota Starlet) Race 2: 1st M Thompson; 2nd Gill; 3rd Husbands; 4th Shan Seejattan – GUY (Special Auto/Top Power Racing/Full Works/Blue Spring Water Honda Civic); 5th Ali; 6th Bridget Singh – T&T (Racetech/TIMKHA Equipment Rentals Honda Civic); etc Race 3: 1st M Thompson; 2nd Gill; 3rd Husbands; 4th Bhola; 5th Ali; 6th Tremaine Forde-Catwell (CCT Paints/Cheese Auto Glass Finishes/Hilti/Mark’s Auto Spares Daihatsu Charmant); etc

Driver’s Championship – Group 2: 1st Bhola 123 points; 2nd Gill 111pts; 3rd M Thompson 102pts; 4th Ali 80pts; 5th Mark Williams – T&T (Honda Civic) 75pts; 6th Sebastien Rae – JAM (Honda Civic) 55pts; etc

Country Championship (Cars): 1st Trinidad & Tobago 1,133 points; 2nd Barbados 583pts; 3rd Jamaica 465pts; 5th Guyana 351pts; 5th Cayman Islands 60pts; 6th CAMS 28pts

Seaboard Marine CMRC Superstock 600 – Race 1: 1st Elliot Vieira – GUY (Mohamed’s Enterprise/Ramchand Auto Body Kawasaki ZX-6R); 2nd Matthew Vieira – GUY (Truck Masters/Game Express/Habit/Cyril’s Garage/Rio Inn Yamaha R6); 3rd Kevin Graham – BAR (Sunburst Orange Juice/Pirelli/Harvey Mushman Racing Yamaha R6); 4th Terrance Olliviere – BAR (Percy King Auto Parts/Kermitt’s Bar/Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600); 5th Luke De Nobriga – T&T (Liqui Moly/Vortex Racing Yamaha R6); 6th Brook Miller – BAR (Evolite/Turbo/Biz Needz/ProSales Barbados/KORE Fitness/Kari Brook Live/Bridgestone/Pure Action/Chicken Hawk/Mancini Suzuki GSX-R600); etc Race 2: 1st E Vieira; 2nd M Vieira; 3rd Ollivierre; 4th Graham; 5th De Nobriga; 6th Kiel Abraham – T&T (Portabella/Abraham’s Kawasaki ZX-6R); etc Race 3: 1st M Vieira; 2nd Ollivierre; 3rd Kris Brathwaite – BAR (Evolite/Execsec Corporate Services Yamaha R6); 4th De Nobriga; 5th Kirk Greaves – BAR (Suzuki GSX-R600); 6th Kyle Reynolds – JAM (IRIE Racing/Castrol Kawasaki ZX-6R); etc

Rider’s Championship: 1st M Vieira 166 points; 2nd Stephen Vieira – GUY (Sunburst Orange Juice/Palm Court/Pure Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R) 122pts; 3rd E Vieira 93pts; 4th De Nobriga 62pts; 5th Abraham 58pts; 6th Robert McDonald – JAM (Yamaha R6) 45pts; etc

Country Championship (Superstock): 1st Guyana 437 points; 2nd Trinidad & Tobago 161pts; 3rd Jamaica 156pts; 4th Barbados 133pts

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

Image courtesy: Ozzman Photography