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
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
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
A host of new names join the roster as the winds of change blow through the Suzuki Challenge Series, with driver and sponsor changes confirmed ahead of the second season, which starts Bushy Park Barbados during this weekend’s Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet.
Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the weekend will feature a total of 17 races, with a double-header on both days (Saturday & Monday, March 26 & 28) for the Swift Cup and the single opening round of the SR3 Cup on Monday. Saturday’s races will start from the Southern Grid, right in front of pit lane, with spectator viewing from the Open-Air Suites accessed via the Pit Gate. Monday will run from the Northern Grid.
Reigning Champion, Trinidad & Tobago’s Ryan Peyrau (Team Suzuki), returns to defend his title, but will face some new challenges. Also returning for this weekend’s curtain-raiser to the second season are Ryan Wood (Team Digicel) and Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol), who finished fourth and fifth last year, along with fellow top 10 finishers Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance) and Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries).
Daryl Clarke, who finished third last year, is unavailable this weekend, with an announcement due shortly to confirm a replacement driver. The father and son duo of Freddie and Barry Gale in the Team Gale’s Agro Products entry will also return to the series, with Freddie racing on Monday and Barry yet to be confirmed for Saturday.
The list of experienced newcomers is headed by Dane Skeete (Team Simpson Finance), standing in for last year’s runner-up David Summerbell Jnr; along with Rhett Watson, Skeete won the right to represent Barbados in ROC Caribbean during the Race Of Champions in 2014, so is no stranger to a Suzuki Swift Sport.
On Wednesday this week, Bushy Park hosted a Swift Cup Drive Off to fill the vacant seats at Team ICBL and Team Rock Hard Cement. Paul Bourne has chosen not to return, while Mark Thompson has been handed a 12-month suspension from BPMSI race meetings following an incident involving Summerbell at the Swift Cup final last month. He was excluded on the day and the incident referred to the Club Stewards for further investigation; the penalty was awarded on safety grounds, also breaches of BPMSI by-laws and code of conduct on the basis that it was a premeditated and deliberate act that compromised the safety of another competitor.
Kyle Catwell will now represent Team ICBL, returning to Bushy Park, where he had raced before the redevelopment; Team Rock Hard Cement’s colours – along with a striking new livery – will be carried by Carlos Edwards, who has won titles in both circuit racing and stage rallying.
The Team Suzuki Swift Sport campaigned for the second half of last season by Jamaica’s Samantha Summerbell, will now be driven by 2015 Martinique Hillclimb Champion Pascal Calvel, bringing the French Caribbean island back into the competition; it was formerly represented by Jean-Philippe Mongaillard, but only for last year’s opening round.
The final change is of both sponsor and driver, with RBC and Arron Parris joining forces. Parris won 20 races at Old Bushy Park and the Group 2A title in 2003, and has returned recently, in Easykart 125, in which he was runner-up last season.
In the Radical SR3 Cup, a clashing commitment will keep Guyana’s Calvin Ming away this weekend, but the excellent form of Mark Maloney in the final round of the SR3 Winter Cup and the continuing progress of Suleman Esuf will still give Reigning Champion Sean Maloney some food for thought on Monday.
Suzuki Challenge Series
Swift Cup, round 1, Saturday: 11.00am – Practice; 12.00pm – Qualifying
12.45pm – Race 1 (8 laps); 1.45pm – Race 2 (8 laps); 2.40pm – Race 3 (8 laps)
Swift Cup, round 2, Monday: 11.40am – Race 1 (8 laps); 1.20pm – Race 2 (8 laps); 3.40pm – Race 3 (8 laps)
SR3 Cup, round 1, Monday: 10.30am – Practice; 11.00am – Qualifying
12.20pm – Race 1 (12 laps); 2.00pm – Race 2 (12 laps); 4.20pm – Race 3 (12 laps)
Suzuki Challenge Series – Swift Cup, rounds 1 & 2
1 Ryan Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki)
2 Derek Edwards (Team Digicel)
3 Ryan Wood (Team Digicel)
4 Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol)
5 Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance)
6 Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries)
7 Freddie Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products)
8 Pascal Calvel – MTQ (Team Suzuki)
9 Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement)
10 Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL)
11 Arron Parris (Team RBC)
12 Dane Skeete (Team Simpson Finance)
Suzuki Challenge Series – SR3 Cup, round 1
5 David Coelho – T&T
7 David Simpson
14 Suleman Esuf
16 Stuart Maloney
22 Sean Maloney
86 Mark Maloney
JTHM 2015 flashback photo – compliments OZZMAN Photos
Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) will launch its 2016 Championship next Thursday (March 24) with a Meet & Greet at Automotive Art, Welches, ahead of the Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet scheduled for Easter weekend (Saturday & Monday, March 26 & 28).
Thursday’s event is planned for three hours from 4.30pm, featuring DJ Ras, with race bikes and cars on display and the chance for fans to mix with the riders and drivers to hear their plans for the new season; food and drinks will be on sale, and race fans will be able to purchase tickets for the weekend’s race meet.
BPMSI has revised its vehicle regulations during the close season, bringing the Group titles and eligibility more in line with those of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC); the new rules will first come in to play over Easter weekend. Alongside the opening round of the BPMSI’s 2016 Championships for Cars and Bikes, the Easter fixture will include the Suzuki Challenge Series, with one round on Monday for the SR3 Cup and a double-header on both days for the Swift Cup.
BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney said: “It has been a long time since most of our members last saw action, so everyone is really looking forward to the start of the new season. We have 17 races planned over the two days, that’s more than 150 laps of racing, so I think we’ve got a great package to offer competitors and fans.
“I must thank our sponsors for the second year, Glassesco and Automotive Art, through the Valvoline brand, for helping us honour ‘Tiny’s name. He was a legend in island motor sport, a passionate believer in giving back, and someone who would always do anything in his power to help a struggling competitor.”
In addition to aligning the Groups more closely to those of the CMRC, the revised structure of rules being introduced by BPMSI is intended to create closer competition and encourage more participation in the lower-capacity classes. While using one of last year’s titles, Clubman is a new class for standard cars up to 1400cc.
Group 1, split into Classes 1 & 2, replaces the former up to 2-litre Clubman 1 & 2 classes, although multi-valve modified engines are no longer allowed; Group 2, split into Classes 1, 2 & 3, replaces the former Modified Production 1, 2 & 3, catering for over 2000cc cars semi-modified cars.
Group 3, Class 2 falls in line with CMRC Group 2, while Group 3, Class 3 is for CMRC Group 3 cars; Group 4 remains as before, with the CMRC now falling in line for 2016 and adopting a split of classes between 2wd and 4wd.
BPMSI Competition Secretary Simon Gillmore says: “We felt it made more sense to return to using Group titles, rather than the new names we had introduced in 2014, having heard feedback from members and spectators. It also helps to bring us in line with the CMRC, which we hope will encourage everyone in the region to eventually do the same. In addition, modifications to engines and cars allowed in some classes have been changed to tighten the performance of the different models.”
Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet Saturday, March 26, 11.00am – 3.00pm (gates open at 10.00am): viewing from Open Air Suites only, access through the Pits – $5. Monday, March 28, 10.00am – 6.00pm (gates open at 9.00am): General Admission $20; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) $40; children 12 and under are free; Hilti 4 x 4 Hammer Zone – vehicle pass $25, plus $20 per person. Tickets available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com, from the Bushy Park Circuit Office or from Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy, Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens & Wildey
Glassesco Valvoline John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet Timetable
Saturday, March 26
8.00 – 11.00am: Scrutineering
11.00am: Practice – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup
11.15am: Practice – BPMSI Bikes
11.30am: Practice – BPMSI Clubman, Group 1 & Group 2
11.45am: Practice – BPMSI Group 3 & Group 4
12.00pm: Qualifying – Swift Cup
12.15pm: Practice – BPMSI Bikes
12.30pm: Practice – BPMSI Clubman, Group 1 & Group 2
12.45pm: Race 1 – Swift Cup, round 1, race 1
1.10pm: Practice – BPMSI Group 3 & Group 4
1.30pm: Qualifying – BPMSI Bikes
1.45pm: Race 2 – Swift Cup, round 1, race 2
2.00pm: Qualifying – BPMSI Clubman, Group 1 & Group 2
2.15pm: Qualifying – BPMSI Group 3 & Group 4
2.40pm: Race 3 – Swift Cup, round 1, race 3
Monday, March 28
10.00am: Drivers Parade & Herringbone
10.30am: Practice – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup
10.40am: Race 1 – BMPSI Bikes, race 1
11.00am: Qualifying – SR3 Cup
11.20am: Race 2 – BPMSI Clubman, Group 1 & Group 2, race 1
11.40am: Race 3 – Swift Cup, round 2, race 1
12.00pm: Race 4 – BPMSI Group 3 & Group 4, race 1
12.20pm: Race 5 – SR3 Cup, round 1, race 1
12.40pm: Race 6 – BMPSI Bikes, race 2
13.00pm: Race 7 – BPMSI Clubman, Group 1 & Group 2, race 2
13.20pm: Race 8 – Swift Cup, round 2, race 2
13.40pm: Race 9 – BPMSI Group 3 & Group 4, race 2
14.00pm: Race 10 – SR3 Cup, round 1, race 2
3.00pm: Race 11 – BMPSI Bikes, race 3
3.20pm: Race 12 – BPMSI Clubman, Group 1 & Group 2, race 3
3.40pm: Race 13 – Swift Cup, round 2, race 3
4.00pm: Race 14 – BPMSI Group 3 & Group 4, race 3
4.20pm: Race 15 – SR3 Cup, round 1, race 3
4.40pm: Race 16 – Hilti Handicap for Bikes
5.10pm: Race 17 – Hilti Handicap for Cars
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Sean Maloney and Trinidad & Tobago’s Ryan Peyrau were crowned Champions of the SR3 Cup and Swift Cup respectively when the inaugural Suzuki Challenge Series came to an action-packed conclusion at Bushy Park Barbados on Saturday (February 27). Maloney won both the SR3 Summer Series and Winter Cup, while Peyrau shared honours in the Swift Cup with Summer Series Champion, Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr.
Had Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance) repeated his best lap in practice (1m 15.793s) during the subsequent qualifying session, he would have started the day’s opening race from his first Swift Cup pole position . . . but it was not to be. With a new qualifying record of 1:15.824, Peyrau (Team Suzuki) topped the time sheets as five drivers dipped below the record set last month by Summerbell: Read lined up on the front row, with Summerbell (Team Simpson Finance) and Mark Thompson (Team Hard Rock Cement) on row two, ahead of Team Digicel’s Daryl Clarke and Ryan Wood.
Starting from the southern grid, Peyrau led from lights to flag in race one, with a new lap record (1:15.524) to add to that set in qualifying. Summerbell was just 2.4secs adrift at the flag, with Read and Thompson in close formation behind him. Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals) and Clarke completed the top six.
Freddie Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) and Samantha Summerbell (Team Suzuki) were on the front row of the reversed grid for race two, with Paul Bourne (Team ICBL) and Wood on row two, ahead of Kenrick ‘Snappa’ Husbands (Team Williams Industries) and Kurt Thompson (Team Glassesco).
Gale held sway until lap two, when Wood swept past into a lead he would not lose, claiming his fifth Swift Cup win; Gale was passed a couple of laps later by Parkinson, who held second place until the chequered flag, while Peyrau slipped past Clarke on the final tour to finish an impressive third, from last on the grid.
Summerbell’s race came to an abrupt end on lap two during an intense four-car battle for position at the tail end of the field, also involving Husbands, Mark Thompson and Read. After some contact at the previous corners, Thompson appeared not to turn in at the Hammer, causing both himself and Summerbell, who was challenging around the outside, to run off into the gravel trap. The move robbed the Jamaican of the chance to fight for the overall championship in a final-race decider and the Stewards excluded Thompson from the final race of the day.
Based on points scored earlier, Peyrau and Parkinson started on the front row for the final race, with Wood and Read on row two, Clarke and Summerbell on row three. Peyrau and Parkinson edged steadily away from the field, maintaining station to the flag – they even took their Joker laps together – Peyrau claiming his eighth Swift Cup win, one more than Summerbell. The Jamaican lost out to Husbands on the first lap and took some time to fight through the lively mid-field battles – he finished third, ahead of Read, Clarke and Wood, who lowering the lap record even further (1:15.512).
Despite not having driven his Suzuki-powered Radical SR3 RS since January, Mark Maloney was in determined mood, setting a new qualifying record (58.705s), with fellow front row starter Suleman Esuf and third fastest Sean Maloney also under the previous mark, set by Guyana’s Calvin Ming. Maloney was joined on row two by Britain’s Brian Caudwell, with Stuart Maloney, David Simpson and English teenager Jack Manchester completing the field, all breaking the 60-secs barrier.
Mark Maloney was never headed in race one, despite a huge effort by Esuf, who shadowed him the whole way; Caudwell was challenged first by Stuart Maloney, then briefly by his brother Sean, but held on for third. Sean finished fourth, claiming another lap record (58.580s), with Stuart fifth and Simpson the final finisher after Manchester retired on lap three.
Simpson started from the reversed grid pole in race two, but it all went haywire with an incident at the Dipper on lap one, which left Esuf stranded on the infield and Simpson back in the pits with very battered bodywork. Stuart Maloney assumed the lead, chased by Caudwell and brother Sean, Mark Maloney recovering from a spin of his own.
Caudwell dived past Stuart Maloney at the Ws, contact resulting in Maloney spinning, leaving Caudwell free to take his first SR3 Cup win. Sean Maloney took up the chase, with brothers Stuart and Mark finished third and fourth, Mark lowering the lap record yet further (58.457s).
Although some discussion ensued following the Caudwell/Stuart Maloney contact, it was viewed as a racing incident, so Caudwell started the final race from pole, as highest points-scorer so far. With Mark, Sean and Stuart Maloney lined up behind him, Caudwell had a target on his back, but showed steely focus, leading for five laps; Mark Maloney squeezed past, easing away a little to claim his second race win of the day, by just eight-tenths. Stuart Maloney was third, Esuf fourth, Sean Maloney fifth after a spin, with Jack Manchester the final finisher after Simpson retired on lap two.
Suzuki Challenge Series Winter Cup, round 3 (February 27)
Swift Cup Race 1: 1st Ryan Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki); 2nd David Summerbell Jnr – JAM (Team Simpson Finance); 3rd Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance); 4th Mark Thompson (Team Rock Hard Cement); 5th Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals); 6th Daryl Clarke (Team Digicel); 7th Kurt Thompson (Team Glassesco); 8th Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries); 9th Paul Bourne (Team ICBL); 10th Ryan Wood (Team Digicel); 11th Samantha Summerbell – JAM (Team Suzuki); 12th Freddie Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) Race 2: 1st Wood; 2nd Parkinson; 3rd Peyrau; 4th Clarke; 5th Husbands; 6th F Gale; 7th Read; 8th K Thompson; 9th Bourne; 10th S Summerbell; dnf D Summerbell, M Thompson Race 3: 1st Peyrau; 2nd Parkinson; 3rd D Summerbell; 4th Read; 5th Clarke; 6th Husbands; 7th Wood; 8th K Thompson; 9th Bourne; 10th F Gale; dnf S Summerbell
Winter Cup final points: 1st Peyrau 169 points; 2nd Parkinson 128pts; 3rd D Summerbell 113pts; 4th Wood 99pts; 5th Read 86pts; equal 6th Clarke & M Thompson 80pts; 8th Husbands 51pts; 9th K Thompson 46pts; 10th Bourne 31pts; 11th S Summerbell 17pts; 12th F Gale 13pts
Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup final points (after dropped score): 1st Peyrau 374 points; 2nd D Summerbell 341pts; 3rd Clarke 295pts; 4th Wood 273pts; 5th Parkinson 270pts; 6th M Thompson 263pts; 7th Read 255pts; 8th Husbands 159pts; 9th K Thompson 116pts; 10th Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) 92pts; 11th Bourne 72pts; 12th Sean Gill (Team Suzuki) 46pts; 13th S Summerbell 33pts; 14th Karl Waterman (Team Williams Industries) 25pts; 15th F Gale 13pts; 16th Mark Kinch (Team ICBL) 12pts; 17th Jean-Philippe Mongaillard – FRA (Team Suzuki) 10pts
SR3 Cup Race 1: 1st Mark Maloney; 2nd Suleman Esuf; 3rd Brian Caudwell – ENG; 4th Sean Maloney; 5th Stuart Maloney; 6th David Simpson; dnf – Jack Manchester – ENG Race 2: 1st Caudwell; 2nd Sean Maloney; 3rd Stuart Maloney; 4th M Maloney; 5th Manchester; dnf Simpson, Esuf Race 3: 1st M Maloney; 2nd Caudwell; 3rd Stuart Maloney; 4th Esuf; 5th Sean Maloney; 6th Manchester; dnf Simpson
SR3 Winter Cup final points: 1st Sean Maloney 163 points; 2nd M Maloney 146pts; 3rd Calvin Ming – GUY 110pts; 4th Stuart Maloney 101pts; 5th Esuf 93pts; 6th Caudwell 88pts; 7th Simpson 61pts; 8th David Coelho – T&T 27pts; 9th Jim Parr – USA 26pts; 10th David Frankland – ENG 25pts; 11th Manchester 20pts; 12th Bill Henderson – ENG 11pts
Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup final points: 1st Sean Maloney 482 points; 2nd M Maloney 454pts; 3rd Stuart Maloney 404pts; 4th Mark Vieira – GUY 244pts; 5th Simpson 228pts; 6th Ryan Gonsalves – SVG 159pts; 7th Ming 110pts; 8th Esuf 93pts; 9th Caudwell 88pts; 10th Allan Kinch 56pts; 11th Orry Hunte 42pts; 12th Parr 40pts; 13th Coelho 27pts; 14th Kurt Thompson 26pts; 15th David Frankland – ENG 25pts; equal 16th Doug Maloney & Manchester 20pts; 18th Henderson 19pts; equal 19th Bradley Ellis – ENG & Simon Jean-Joseph – FRA 18pts; 21st Barry Gale 14pts
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