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

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.