Preparations in high gear for BPMSI Floodlit Finale

Engineers and mechanics in race shops across the island are making last-minute preparations for tomorrow’s (Saturday) Floodlit Finale to Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s 2015 Championship. The 23-race programme at the St Philip facility will also include a demanding six-race double-header bringing the inaugural Summer Season of the Suzuki Challenge Series to a close.

Roger Mayers, who suffered a front differential failure in the Chefette / Sol / Digicel / DHL / Hankook / Illusion Graphics Focus while leading the opening race in the Seaboard Marine CMRC at Bushy Park Barbados six weeks ago, is among those determined to be ready. He reported on his Facebook page yesterday (Thursday): “Front diff back for De Focus compliments of DHL – will be all ready for this weekend night event at Bushy Park Barbados.”

Another casualty of the CMRC race weekend was Mark Maloney, whose team confirmed that the necessary parts had arrived in the island at the Briefing Meeting last evening, so engine work on the Digicel / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3 could be completed. Mayers and Maloney will face Stuart Williams (Williams Equipment / Structural Systems / Alpen Bars Lotus Elise) and Doug Maloney (Paints Plus / Maloney Racing Team Audi A4 quattro) in the BPMSI’s top group, Williams Equipment SuperModified 2.

Sammy Cumberbatch has been working to source some steering components for the Williams Industries / Castrol / Hilti BMW M3, so that he can join the Williams Equipment SuperModified 1 grid, along with Justin Campbell (Hilton / Hunikom / Itstaboo.com / Campbell Racing / Dream Solutions Barbados BMW M3), Sean Maloney (Team Maloney Racing Z-Cars Mini) and Jerry Leach, who is making his first appearance at the redeveloped Bushy Park after a lengthy ground-up rebuild of his SDRR Motor Sport / JVM Signage / Hilti Honda Civic.

All of the BPMSI classes will race once in daylight, then twice under floodlights, while the Swift Cup and SR3 Cup will have three races each before and after nightfall. Racing starts at 12.00pm, with round five of the Suzuki Challenge Series; the third and final rounds of the Hilti Handicap Championship for bikes and cars will bring the curtain down on BPMSI’s first full season shortly before 10.00pm.

While much attention will given to the SuperModified races, the last lap in the battle for the Champion Driver title will focus the minds of Clubman 1 class-leader Jermin Pope (Honda Civic), who leads Quincy Jones (Modified Production 1 Toyota Starlet) by just four points, 173 to 169 points.

Practice for the BMPSI classes will start at 2.00pm, the Bikes followed by the car classes, then Qualifying will take a new form: Hot Lap Qualifying – competitors in Ionics Clubman 1 & 2, Recovery Modified Production 1 and the Swift Cup will leave the Pit Exit at intervals, complete one flying lap, then return to the Pits. The Bikers and competitors in Recovery Modified Production 2, SBRC SuperSport, Williams Equipment SuperModified and the SR3 Cup, will have an additional warm-up lap before their Hot Lap.

BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney said: “We are all looking forward to ending the season on a high note. A lot of work has gone into planning the new format for this race meet, with the Hot Lap Qualifying, some changes in race lengths . . . and, of course, the night racing, which will be a completely new challenge for many of our competitors.”

Cover Photo compliments Himal Reece – justbajan.com

Saturday, October 17 (gates and ticket booths open 12.00pm) – racing from 12.00pm – 10.00pm: General Admission Bds $15; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $30; children 12 and under are free. Hilti 4 x 4 Hammer Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, plus General Admission pass for each occupant

 

BPMSI Floodlit Finale Entry lists (at October 16)

Suzuki Challenge Series – SR3 Cup, rounds 5 & 6

  • 4          Ryan Gonsalves – SVG (Team Gonsalves)
  • 7          David Simpson (Team Sol)
  • 16        Stuart Maloney (Team CemTile)
  • 22        Sean Maloney (Team Preconco)
  • 33        Doug Maloney (Team Digicel)
  • 58        Mark Vieira – GUY (Team Vieira)
  • 86        Mark Maloney (Team Preconco)

Suzuki Challenge Series – Swift Cup, rounds 5 & 6

  • 3          Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance)
  • 7          Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries)
  • 27        Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products)
  • 42        Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals)
  • 81        Mark Thompson (Team Rock Hard Cement)
  • 90        Kurt Thompson (Team Glassesco)
  • 98        Paul Bourne (Team ICBL)
  • 106      Daryl Clarke (Team Digicel)
  • 333      Ryan Wood (Team Digicel)
  • 777      Samantha Summerbell – JAM (Team Suzuki)
  • 868      Ryan Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki)
  • 876      David Summerbell Jnr – JAM (Team Simpson Finance)

 

BPMSI Championship 2015, round 4

Ionics Clubman 1

  • 10        Geoffrey Ullyett (Ullyett’s Machine Shop Service / Goodyear / Automotive Art Nissan 150Y)
  • 25        Andre Walcott (Courts iFinance / Courts Optical / M-Grafix Suzuki Swift)
  • 38        William Jones (H & B Hardware Datsun 120Y)
  • 53        Shawn Boxill (Hillman Imp)
  • 54        Darren Lashley (SRG Engineering Peugeot 205XS)
  • 75        Paul St Hill (NOS Services / Federal Motor Spares Nissan Sentra B12)
  • 93        Kevin Wiggins (Johnson’s Auto / K&K Auto Repairs / Wallace’s Trucking Services Toyota Starlet)
  • 143      Jermin Pope (NKM Clothing / Glassesco / Bio Beauty Honda Civic)
  • 190      Peter Thompson (Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio Beauty Toyota Starlet)

Ionics Clubman 2

  • 58        Simon Gillmore (SRG Engineering / Dove’s Exhaust Repairs Peugeot 205)
  • 67        Adrian Bailey (SRG Engineering / Dove’s Exhaust Repairs / Ellco Rentals / Bhana’s Everything Store / Tints’R’Us Peugeot 205)
  • 333      Ryan Wood (Vaucluse Raceway / Sitemasters Property Management BMW Compact)

Recovery Modified Production 1

  • 9          Robert Gill (AS Auto Stop / Venture Car Rentals / Maxxis Tyres / Rezult Auto / Hilti Equipment / Castrol Toyota Starlet)
  • 66        David Clarke (Zephirin’s Bakery Honda CRX)
  • 122      Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet)
  • 140      Gregory Catwell (Hilti / Cheese Auto Glass Finishes / Rezult Auto / Mark’s Auto Spares / SDRR Daihatsu Charmant)
  • 188      Stephen Elliott (Mark’s Auto Spares Suzuki Forsa)

Recovery Modified Production 2

  • 81        Mark Thompson (Stag Beer / Automotive Art / Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic)
  • 117      Neil Thompson (Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic)

SBRC SuperSport 1

  • 7          Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment / Hilti / Ultra Lubricants / Big Gasses Toyota Starlet)
  • 76        Steve King (Automotive Art / Valvoline / Percy King Auto Parts / Dtech Motorsport NZ Toyota Starlet)

SBRC SuperSport 3

  • 90        Kurt Thompson (Digicel 4G / Glassesco / Beacon Insurance / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda CRX)
  • 170      Shawn Eversley (SE Performance / L&N Workshop Suzuki Swift)

Williams Equipment SuperModified 1

  • 22        Sean Maloney (Team Maloney Racing Z-Cars Mini)
  • 68        Jerry Leach (SDRR Motor Sport / JVM Signage / Hilti Honda Civic)
  • 83        Sammy Cumberbatch (Williams Industries / Castrol / Hilti BMW M3)
  • 109      Justin Campbell (Hilton / Hunikom / Itstaboo.com / Campbell Racing / Dream Solutions Barbados BMW M3)

Williams Equipment SuperModified 2

  • 28        Roger Mayers (Chefette / Sol / Digicel / DHL / Hankook / Illusion Graphics ‘De’ Focus)
  • 30        Stuart Williams (Williams Equipment / Structural Systems / Alpen Bars Lotus Elise)
  • 33        Doug Maloney (Paints Plus / Maloney Racing Team Audi A4 quattro)
  • 86        Mark Maloney (Digicel / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3)

Bikes Class A

  • 11        Shirley Scantlebury (Ride-Tech Suzuki GSX-R600)
  • 32        Terrance Olliviere (Percy King Auto Parts / Kermit Bar / Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600)
  • 35        Kris Brathwaite (EXECSEC Corporate Services / Orion Motorsports / Changes Bar Suzuki GSX-R600)
  • 64        Brook Miller (Sky Mall / Bridgestone / The Kore / Evolite / Bizneedz Suzuki GSX-R600)
  • 93        Devan McCartney (Zephirin’s Bakery / Belleville Auto Spares / On The Rocks Bar Suzuki GSX-R600)

Bikes Class B

  • 10        Ronnie Cooke (Ride-Tech Kawasaki ZX6-R)
  • 20        Jason Griffin (Osprey Corporate Management / Posh Kliek Yamaha R6)
  • 34        Marc-Lee Bascombe (Hot Legendary Fishcakes Yamaha R6)
  • 40        Kevin Wickham (Liqui Moly Honda CBR600RR)

 

All change for BPMSI Floodlit Finale at Bushy Park Barbados

Following Tuesday’s announcement that Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BPMSI) 2015 Championship will climax in a Floodlit Finale at Bushy Park Barbados next Saturday (October 17), an even more comprehensive shake-up of the traditional race meet format has now been confirmed, offering fans 10 hours of almost non-stop action.

Between the start of the day’s opening Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup race, slated for 12.00pm, to the finish of the Hilti Handicap for Cars, which BPMSI officials expect to be around 10.00pm, 23 races and nearly 120 laps will have been completed, as well as Practice and Hot Lap Qualifying. To slot all that action in to what the Club admits is an ambitious programme, changes have been made to the format, which will also ramp up the entertainment for fans.

BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney says: “We’re are so looking forward to lighting up Bushy Park to end our first Championship year on a high next weekend. Once we realised that our best option was to move to the night racing, then we had to look carefully at how we were going to make it all fit.

“We have looked through the number of laps for every race, cut them back where it seemed appropriate, and I think it now works on two levels; we have a schedule I believe we can deliver, but it has some fantastic new ideas. Hot Lap Qualifying will make for some really interesting grids, and the six-lap SR3 Cup races are going to give the Radical drivers, including me, a totally new challenge – no waiting until the second half of the race to do the job, we will have to be on it from the get go!”

The six-round Summer Season of the inaugural Suzuki Challenge Series will come to an end with a demanding six-race double-header. Not only will championship contenders face three races each before and after nightfall, but the regular format has been revised, which will require a new approach. Round five will have regular Practice and Qualifying sessions, but with a change for the races: normally eight laps, the Swift Cup races will be reduced to six, which will bring even more strategy into the use of the Joker Lap, while the Suzuki-powered SR3 Cup racers are cut from 12 to 10 laps for the first and second races, with the third now a six-lap dash to the flag.

After the lunch break, there will be practice sessions for the BPMSI Championship competitors on two and four wheels, followed by Hot Lap Qualifying. Classes that race on slick tyres – Modified Production 2, SuperSport, SuperModified and the SR3 Cup – will exit the Pits, pass the start/finish line once for a warm-up lap, then complete their Hot Lap, before returning to the Pits. Clubman 1 & 2, MP1 and Swift Cup cars will exit the Pits and complete their one Hot Lap from the first time they pass the start/finish line.

For round six of the Suzuki Challenge Series races, The Swift Cup races will revert to eight laps, while the format for the SR3 Cup will remain the same as earlier, two races of 10 laps, with the third over six laps. The BPMSI Championship races will run to the usual format of six laps each, while the Hilti Handicaps for Bikes and Cars, which will bring the packed programme to a conclusion, will be reduced from 10 laps to eight.

Saturday, September 13 (gates and ticket booths open 12.00pm) – racing from 12.00pm – 10.00pm: General Admission Bds $15; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $30; children 12 and under are free. Hilti 4 x 4 Hammer Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, plus General Admission pass for each occupant.

Suzuki Challenge Series & BPMSI Championship Floodlit Finale Saturday, October 17 – Timetable

  • 10.00am – 2.00pm: Scrutineering
  • 11.00am: Practice – Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup
  • 11.15am: Practice – Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup
  • 11.30am: Qualifying – Swift Cup, round 5
  • 11.40am: Qualifying – SR3 Cup, round 5
  • 12.00pm: Gates open
  • 12.00pm: Race 1 – Swift Cup, round 5, race 1 (6 laps)
  • 12.20pm: Race 2 – SR3 Cup, round 5, race 1 (10 laps)
  • 12.40pm: Race 3 – Swift Cup, round 5, race 2 (6 laps)
  • 1.00pm: Race 4 – SR3 Cup, round 5, race 2 (10 laps)
  • 1.20pm: Race 5 – Swift Cup, round 5, race 3 (6 laps)
  • 1.40pm: Race 6 – SR3 Cup, round 5, race 3 (6 laps)
  • 2.00pm: lunch break
  • 2.30pm: Practice – BPMSI Bikes Class A & B
  • 2.45pm: Practice – Recovery Modified Production 2; SBRC SuperSport 1, 2 & 3; Williams Equipment SuperModified 1 & 2
  • 3.00pm: Practice – Ionics Clubman 1 & 2; Recovery Modified Production 1
  • 3.15pm: Hot Lap Qualifying – BPMSI Bikes Class A & B
  • 3.25pm: Hot Lap Qualifying – Recovery MP2; SBRC SS1, 2 & 3; Williams Equipment SM1 & 2
  • 3.35pm: Hot Lap Qualifying – Ionics Clubman 1 & 2; Recovery MP1
  • 3.45pm: Hot Lap Qualifying – Swift Cup, round 6
  • 3.55pm: Hot Lap Qualifying – SR3 Cup, round 6
  • 4.05pm: tea break, lights set-up
  • 4.30pm: Race 7 – BMPSI Bikes Class A & B, race 1 (6 laps)
  • 4.45pm: Race 8 – Recovery MP2; SBRC SS1, 2 & 3; Williams Equipment SM1 & 2, race 1 (6 laps)
  • 5.00pm: Race 9 – Ionics Clubman 1 & 2; Recovery MP1, race 1 (6 laps)
  • 5.15pm: Race 10 – Swift Cup, round 6, race 1 (8 laps)
  • 5.30pm: Race 11 – SR3 Cup, round 6, race 1 (10 laps)
  • 6.00pm: Race 12 – BMPSI Bikes Class A & B, race 2 (6 laps)
  • 6.15pm: Race 13 – Recovery MP2; SBRC SS1, 2 & 3; Williams Equipment SM1 & 2, race 2 (6 laps)
  • 6.30pm: Race 14 – Ionics Clubman 1 & 2; Recovery MP1, race 2 (6 laps)
  • 6.45pm: Race 15 – Swift Cup, round 6, race 2 (8 laps)
  • 7.00pm: Race 16 – SR3 Cup, round 6, race 2 (10 laps)
  • 7.30pm: Race 17 – BMPSI Bikes Class A & B, race 3 (6 laps)
  • 7.45pm: Race 18 – Recovery MP2; SBRC SS1, 2 & 3; Williams Equipment SM1 & 2, race 3 (6 laps)
  • 8.00pm: Race 19 – Ionics Clubman 1 & 2; Recovery MP1, race 3 (6 laps)
  • 8.15pm: Race 20 – Swift Cup, round 6, race 3 (8 laps)
  • 8.45pm: Race 21 – SR3 Cup, round 6, race 3 (6 laps)
  • 9.00pm: Race 22 – Hilti Handicap, Bikes (8 laps)
  • 9.30pm: Race 23 – Hilti Handicap, Cars (8 laps)
  • 10.15pm: Presentation in Pits Cafeteria

BPMSI to stage floodlit finale at Bushy Park Barbados

Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) will stage a floodlit finale to its first Championship season at the St Philip facility on Saturday, October 17. In addition to the last of four points-scoring rounds for the BPMSI Championship classes on both two and four wheels, the inaugural Summer Season of the Suzuki Challenge Series will reach its climax with a demanding six-race double-header.

The BPMSI classes will race once in daylight, then twice under floodlights, while the Swift Cup and SR3 Cup will have three races each before and after nightfall . . . and all of this will be topped off by the third and final rounds of the Hilti Handicap Championship for bikes and cars. The Club expects the event to end by around 10.00pm.

Sean Maloney, Chairman of BPMSI, said: “Once it was confirmed that the Caribbean Elite Road Race Championships would be using the roads around Bushy Park for its 150-kilometre feature event on the Sunday, we needed to think quickly. Rather than attempt to move the date completely, we hit on the idea of ending our season with something completely different. It’s a very unusual way to bring the curtain down, and our competitors have endorsed the plan enthusiastically.”

There is everything to play for as the season draws to a close, particularly in the Suzuki Challenge Series, with a total of 150 points still available in the six-round Summer Season. In the Swift Cup, Trinidad & Tobago’s Ryan Peyrau leads the standings with 178 points, 21 ahead of Mark Thompson, who is in turn 21 ahead of Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr; everyone down to 10th-placed Kurt Thompson has a mathematical chance of reaching the top, so close-fought action is anticipated.

Summerbell’s strategic use of the Joker Lap, introduced as an experiment last month, earned him two race wins and propelled him from sixth to third in the standings. The Joker Lap was welcomed by competitors and spectators alike, and will remain a feature of the Swift Cup for the double-header.

In the SR3 Cup, the same 150 points are up for grabs, just over twice the spread across the four race-winners so far: Stuart Maloney leads the table with 224 points, from brothers Mark (202pts) and Sean (196pts), with Guyana’s Mark Vieira, whose pace has improved with every outing, fourth on 173pts.

In the chase for the BPMSI’s first Champion Driver title, Clubman 1 class-leader Jermin Pope has eased ahead of Quincy Jones, who leads Modified Production 1 in his Toyota Starlet; Pope, who switched from a Toyota Starlet to a Honda Civic last month, has 173 points to Jones’s 169 and, while there are four more drivers with a mathematical chance of winning the title, it is now almost certain to be settled between these two.

Lying second to Pope in C1, Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift) is third in the overall standings with 125 points, while Tremaine Forde-Catwell (Daihatsu Charmant), who is second to Jones in MP1, is placed fourth on 116. C2 leader Adrian Bailey (Peugeot 205) is tied on 113 with SuperSport 3 leader Steve King (Starlet), the last two drivers who could theoretically snatch the title.

As well as acquitting themselves with honour in the CMRC Superstock class, BPMSI’s growing number of bike racers also collected 2015 Championship points. In Class A, Kris Brathwaite now has 177 points, 38 ahead of Terrance Ollivierre, with Devan McCartney third on 121, all three riding Suzuki GSX-R600s; in Class B, the title fight is tighter, with Kevin Wickham (Honda CBR600RR) on 118 points, just three ahead of Jason Griffin (Yamaha R6), with Rommel Walton (Honda CRF 450R) third on 106.

 

Saturday, October 17 (gates and ticket booths open 12.00pm) – racing from 12.30pm – 10.00pm: General Admission Bds $15; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) Bds $30; children 12 and under are free. Hilti 4 x 4 Hammer Zone vehicle pass Bds $25, plus General Admission pass for each occupant

Pope eases ahead in BPMSI Champion Driver title chase

Clubman 1 class-leader Jermin Pope has eased ahead of title rival Quincy Jones following an action-packed series of Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) 2015 Championship races last Sunday (September 13). Frequent rain showers created challenging track conditions for competitors on both two and four wheels at the Williams Industries Digicel International Race Meet, at which C2 winner Adrian Bailey was crowned the day’s Champion Driver.

The BPMSI contenders were the first to suffer the lashes of the weather; following Seaboard Marine CMRC events for Group 2, Group 3 and Superstock bikes, storm clouds were gathering as the Clubman and Modified Production classes assembled for their first race of the day. By mid-distance, heavy rain was falling and the race was red-flagged after the first few cars had completed four laps, with the results declared after lap three.

Conditions were less extreme for the day’s two remaining races, but the delays resulted in the cancellation of the Hilti Handicaps, which also allowed for a smooth hand-over to the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) in time for the agreed 6.00pm start of Drag Warz 3; despite that, the drag racers also suffered with the weather.

Pope (Honda Civic) had qualified on pole position for C1, more than 1sec faster than Geoffrey Ullyett (Nissan 120Y), racing at Bushy Park for the first time in 2015; Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift), hat-trick class-winner at the season-opener in March, lined up third. Pope won two of the day’s three races, Ullyett the other winner, with Walcott, Paul St Hill (Nissan) and Peter Thompson (Starlet) also making appearances in the top three.

Jones (Starlet) claimed a clean sweep of wins in Modified Production 1, but suffered from the class being unusually poorly supported, with a reduced scale of points awarded; in the shortened first race, he beat Tremaine Forde-Catwell (Daihatsu Charmant) and Robert Gill (Starlet), with Forde-Catwell also second in race two, after Gill retired. Only Jones and Gill took the start for race three; although he still comfortably leads the class, he has lost his overall advantage to Pope.

While there are four more drivers with a mathematical chance of claiming BPMSI’s first Champion Driver title, it is now almost certain that it will be settled between these two at the final round in October. With only 18 points apiece for his first two class wins, then another 15 from race three, Jones scored a total of 52 on Sunday, compared with Pope’s 68, which has moved him four points ahead, 173 to 169.

Walcott is third in the Overall standings with 125 points, while Bailey is tied on 116 for fourth with Forde-Catwell; not only did Bailey win C2 three times in his Peugeot 205 on Sunday, beating Ryan Wood (BMW Compact) in race one and his mentor Simon Gillmore (205) in race two, but he and Gillmore also scored valuable CMRC Country Championship points. Racing in Group 2 for the first time, they claimed five top six finishes between them, their best finishes of the day third and fourth respectively in race one.

The last driver who could theoretically claim the Champion Driver title is Steve King (Starlet), who has 116 points. He slipped further behind on Sunday, beaten twice in SuperSport 3 by Kenrick Husbands (Starlet), while he retired from the second race, when he slid on to the infield on the exit of Cockspur Cyclone and could not find enough grip on the rain-soaked grass to make it back on to the track.

The growing enthusiasm for bike racing in the island resulted in the largest grids on two wheels ever seen at Bushy Park, as competitors in the BPMSI classes faced teams from Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. Local riders offered a significantly stronger challenge to the more experienced regional entry than before – Guyana’s Stephen Vieira said on Facebook: “The Bajans are honestly stepping up their game and they are improving a lot” – but the scrap for BPMSI points was also on their minds.

Kris Brathwaite’s (Suzuki) fourth place in the opening CMRC Superstock race was the best result for Team Barbados, followed by Brook Miller and Shirley Scantlebury finishing fifth and sixth respectively in the other two races, both on Suzukis. While Scantlebury was the highest points-scorer on the day, Braithwaite has taken the lead of Class A, just 10 points ahead of fellow Suzuki rider Terrance Ollivierre, with Devan McCartney third.

In Class B, Jason Griffin (Yamaha) is the new leader, after a consistent day of second-place finishes, twice behind newcomer Marc-Lee Bascombe (Yamaha), once behind Ronnie Cooke (Kawasaki); Griffin’s cushion is only three points, however, over Kevin Wickham (Honda), who had two fourth-place finishes on Sunday, with Rommel Walton, whose familiar Honda CRF 450R was not seen at the weekend, now third.

BPMSI Championship 2015
Positions after three rounds

Clubman 1 1st Jermin Pope (NKM Clothing / Glassesco / Bio Beauty Toyota Starlet & Honda Civic) 173 points; 2nd Andre Walcott (Courts iFinance / Courts Optical / M-Grafix Suzuki Swift) 125pts; 3rd Kevin Wiggins (Johnson’s Auto / K&K Auto Repairs / Wallace’s Trucking Services Toyota Starlet) 77pts; etc C2 1st Adrian Bailey (SRG Engineering / Dove’s Exhaust Repairs / Ellco Rentals / M. Y. Bhana’s Everything Store / Tints’R’Us Peugeot 205) 113pts; 2nd Ryan Wood (Vaucluse Raceway / Sitemasters Property Management BMW Compact), 48pts; 3rd Darren Lashley (SRG Engineering Peugeot 205) 36pts; etc

Modified Production 1 1st Quincy Jones (Toyota Starlet) 169pts; 2nd Tremaine Forde-Catwell (Hilti / Cheese Auto Glass Finishes / Rezult Auto / Marks Auto Spares / SDRR Daihatsu Charmant) 116pts; 3rd Robert Gill (AS Auto Stop / Venture Car Rentals / Maxxis Tyres / Rezult Auto / Hilti Equipment / Castrol Toyota Starlet) 75pts; etc MP2

1st Neil Thompson (Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic) 114pts; 2nd Mark Thompson (Stag Beer / Automotive Art / Glassesco / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda Civic) 87pts

SuperSport 1 1st Steve King (Automotive Art / Valvoline / Percy King Auto Parts / Dtech Motorsport NZ Toyota Starlet) 113pts; 2nd Kenrick Husbands (Williams Equipment / Hilti / Ultra Lubricants / Big Gasses Toyota Starlet) 63pts; 3rd Andre Forde (Toyota Starlet) 30pts; SS2 1st Kurt Thompson (Digicel 4G / Glassesco / Beacon Insurance / NKM Clothing / Bio-Beauty / Calvin Alkins Customs Services Honda CRX) 72pts SS3 1st K Thompson 39pts; 2nd Shawn Eversley (SE Performance / L&N Workshop Suzuki Swift) 36pts

Super Modified 1 1st Sammy Cumberbatch (Williams Industries / Castrol / Hilti BMW M3) 51pts; 2nd Stuart Maloney (Kestrel / Se-Sash / Sign Station Peugeot 306 Maxi) 42pts; 3rd Justin Campbell (Hilton / Hunikom /Itstaboo.com / Campbell Racing / Dream Solutions Barbados BMW M3) 39pts SM2 1st Doug Maloney (Paints Plus / Maloney Racing Team Audi A4 quattro) 36pts; 2nd Mark Maloney (Digicel / Maloney Racing Team Mazda RX-3) 30pts

Hilti Handicap – Cars (after two rounds) 1st equal Stuart Maloney & M Thompson 25pts; 3rd Forde-Catwell 22pts; 4th Lashley 21pts; 5th M Maloney 18pts; 6th Bailey 15pts; etc

Bikes Class A 1st Kris Brathwaite (EXECSEC Corporate Services / Orion Motorsports / Changes Bar Suzuki GSX-R600) 157pts; 2nd Terrance Olliviere (Percy King Auto Parts / Kermit Bar / Demario’s Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R600) 147pts; 3rd Devan McCartney (Zephirin’s Bakery / Belleville Auto Spares / On The Rocks Bar Suzuki GSX-R600) 124pts; etc Class B 1st Jason Griffin (Osprey Corporate Management / Posh Kliek Yamaha R6) 115pts; 2nd Kevin Wickham (Liqui Moly Honda CBR600RR) 112pts; 3rd Rommel Walton – BAR (Honda CRF 450R) 100pts; etc

Hilti Handicap – Bikes (after two rounds) 1st Walton 26pts; 2nd equal Griffin & Ryan Beckles (Suzuki GSX-R600) 25pts; 4th Wickham 21pts; 5th Dexter Small (Suzuki GSX-R600) 18pts; 6th McCartney 15pts; etc

Terry Grant doubles up for ‘Tiny’ Harrison Race Meet

Legendary British stunt driver Terry Grant will return to Bushy Park Barbados, where he achieved his 20th Guinness World Record last December, for the Valvoline Glassesco John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet on March 28/29 . . . and island fans will enjoy a double dose of thrills, as he will be partnered by the UK’s Number 1 stunt bike rider and European Champion, Lee Bowers.

Tickets are on sale now, on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com, from the Circuit Office, all Automotive Art outlets, Glassesco and Sol Warrens and Speightstown.

Grant and Bowers are both performing this coming weekend at The Fast Show at the world-famous Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire in the British Midlands, before flying south on Monday to prepare for an action-packed weekend at Bushy Park. Their machinery is already on its way, Bowers bringing one of his Kawasaki stunt bikes, while Grant is bringing three cars from his Monster Energy and Power Maxed-supported stable.

He will drive the Legend in which he entertained hundreds of school-children across the island during ‘The Barbados School Tour – Inspiring a New Generation’ initiative before the Race Of Champions, the Nissan Juke in which he established his 20th World Record over ROC weekend for the most people in a car on two wheels – 15, including the driver – along with a Nissan 350Z, which will be used for car dancing routines.

Grant, who celebrates the 20th Anniversary of his first foray into stunt driving this year, was an instant hit on his first visit to Barbados, not only at Bushy Park, but also across the island, as he worked tirelessly during the build-up to ROC weekend with a series of public displays. As well as his regular roster of jaw-dropping stunts, Grant expanded his repertoire with some spectacular jumps, along with Robby Gordon, in his Stadium Super Trucks, which had the crowds on their feet.

Bowers, who is sponsored by Kawasaki UK, Icon Motorsports and Maxxis Tyres, was fascinated with motorcycles as a youngster, first riding at age 11; he competed in his first stunt competition in 2009 and his first overseas display tour a year later, 54 shows in Bahrain and Dubai. Since then, he has won countless competitions and travelled the world to entertain.

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He says: “I feel complete when riding my bike. It’s like the rest of the world stands still. I like to bend the laws of physics, to change people’s perceptions about what you can do on a motorbike. I can’t wait to perform to the max with Terry for the crowds on the beautiful island of Barbados.”

BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney said: “We are really lucky to have been able to fit a trip to Bushy Park into Terry’s incredibly busy schedule, and I can’t thank him enough for agreeing to come back – he was in South Africa last weekend, flew home for Santa Pod, then is hopping straight back on a plane for Grantley Adams. Hopefully, we will be able to arrange a few extra displays while he is here – keep an eye on our Facebook pages, Bushy Park Barbados and BPMSInc, to keep up to date.”

Promoted by Bushy Park Circuit Inc (BPCI), the Valvoline Glassesco John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet will include the opening rounds of Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BPMSI) 2015 Championship: the provisional timetable lists three races each for the Club’s car racing classes – Clubman 1 & 2, Modified Production 1 & 2, Supersport 1, 2 & 3 and SuperModified 1 & 2 – plus three for Motorcycles, along with end-of-day Hilti Handicap races for cars and bikes. The 20-race programme will also include the opening round of the yet-to-be-announced Suzuki Challenge Series.

General Admission on Sunday (March 29) will be Bds $20, with The Clubhouse, where food and drink will be on sale, Bds $40; children 12 and under are free. A vehicle pass for the new 4 x 4 Hammer Zone is Bds $25, with individual General Admission passes required for each occupant. Gates open at 7.00am, with racing slated for an 8.00am start. Coolers and food are allowed, but no glass bottles. Admission to Qualifying on Saturday (March 28) is free.

For more information on Bushy Park Barbados:

www.bushyparkbarbados.com or Facebook.com/BushyParkBarbados

For more information on Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc:

www.bushyparkmotorsportsinc.com or Facebook.com/BPMSInc

 

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‘JAWS OF LIFE’ DONATED TO ISLAND MOTOR SPORT

A collaboration between the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF), two British safety experts and the organisers of last year’s Race Of Champions at Bushy Park has resulted in a valuable legacy for island motor sport – the donation of specialist ‘Jaws of Life’ equipment, which will be available to all BMF Member Clubs and deployed for the first time at next Sunday’s (March 15) Motoring Club of Barbados Inc Spring Blaze.

The equipment has been donated by the Emergency Mobile Medical Unit (EMMU), which is based in Lancashire on the north-west coast of England, and was handed over to the BMF in December by EMMU’s founder Stuart Westbrook, who also undertook training sessions during his visit to the island. EMMU provides medical support and rescue cover, not only for motor sport but also other hazardous sports, such as powerboat racing.

ROC’s Safety Officer Sue Sanders has become a familiar face in island motor sport in the last two years, having conducted Senior Officials training sessions for the BMF, also advised on safety and related procedures for Sol Rally Barbados. On her ROC site visit last September, Sanders started the ball rolling on the Jaws of Life project: “I was aware from my first visit that there are limited resources to call on in the island, so decided that the arrival of Race Of Champions might prove to be a useful catalyst.

“British rescue units tend to upgrade their equipment on a rolling programme and I knew that EMMU had recently upgraded theirs, looking to either sell their existing equipment, or donate it to a worthwhile cause. When Stuart dropped in for a coffee on his way south from Lancashire, I posed the question . . . he said ‘yes’, so off we set.”

BMF Vice-President John Sealy says: “Naturally, we were delighted with Stuart Westbrook’s generous donation, but the equipment is only truly worthwhile with trained personnel. So, we worked with the ROC organisers to share the costs of Stuart coming to the island to conduct training sessions.”

The Jaws of Life equipment, manufactured by Holmatro, can cut through competition roll cages and roof-supporting pillars of a race or rally car without creating sparks, a vital factor in protecting anyone trapped in the vehicle. The new equipment will be maintained and operated by members of the privately-funded Roving Response Team (RRT), already well-known in the motor sport fraternity, on both race track and rally stage.

Sanders said: “Thanks to the involvement of John Sealy of the BMF, we agreed that the equipment would be available across all motor sport. He arranged training for the RRT, along with observers from the Fire Service.” Sealy added: “I must thank Crane & Equipment, whose premises at Lower Estate we used for our sessions, Denis Lashley, Vice-President of the RRT, Station Officer Gordon Boxill who co-ordinated the Barbados Fire Service personnel and who conducted fire training for the marshals, also Simon Gillmore of SRG Engineering, who donated two former race cars. This was important, as they had roll cages, a key element of the training.”

After the two half-day training sessions, Westbrook said: “The training went well within the given time and the RRT fellows were very enthusiastic. They had a lot of sound vehicle knowledge and related to the application of the hydraulic equipment and what could be achieved with it. Having the Fire Service in attendance added another dimension, as we made them more aware of competition car make-up and build.”

Westbrook also handed over a number of training booklets, assessment forms and DVDs to the BMF, which will be used in on-going training, conducted locally. He added: “Importantly, RRT now understands the equipment and all the checks that need to be carried out and recorded, also how to store and operate it safely.”

In addition to the equipment, ROC raised the issue of protective clothing for volunteers, as the organisers require all trackside marshals to wear fire-proof overalls. Sanders explained: “Initially, the marshals were sceptical, no doubt concerned over them being too hot, but once the Dickies Lightweights were trialled, everyone loved them. Bushy Park Circuit Inc has subsequently bought them from ROC.”

 

Editor’s note: affiliated to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which rules the sport worldwide, the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) is the island’s governing body for motor sport; it also represents the interests of its member Clubs in discussions with Government departments which facilitate the sport in the island, in particular the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which permits road closures for an agreed number of events each year. Away from motor sport, the BMF affiliate which answers the FIA Mobility remit is the Barbados Automobile Association (BAA), which is an executive committee member of the Government’s Barbados Road Safety Council.

 

For further information, please contact BMF Vice-President, John Sealy:

e-mail: johnlsealy@caribsurf.com