Campbell joins Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup

Justin Campbell will join the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup when the third season kicks off at the John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Raceday on Saturday & Sunday, May 6/7. In his 10 years of competition, he has raced cars and karts, but is best known recently for the Campbell Racing BMW M3 he drove to 16th overall and a class win on Sol Rally Barbados 2016. Team Rock Hard Cement’s new signing won a Drive-Off at Bushy Park, in which he narrowly beat Nigel Reece, both of them seeing off more experienced competition, including Sammy Cumberbatch and Mark Thompson.

Campbell is the 28th driver from six regional territories countries to contested the Swift Cup, 11 of whom have won races. In 2015/16, Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr won the Summer Series, beating Ryan Peyrau of Trinidad & Tobago, but Peyrau prevailed in the Winter Cup, eight wins to Summerbell’s seven for the year landing the Overall title.

In 2016/17, Ryan Wood’s six wins in the Summer Series races gave him a first title and, despite Peyrau winning four of six Winter Cup races to claim back-to-back titles, he again missed out on the Overall Championship. ‘Woody’ is now the ‘winningest’ Swift Cup racer with 13, leading Peyrau (12) and Summerbell (7).

In the SR3 Cup, which has attracted 24 drivers from seven countries, including the UK and the United States, Sean Maloney won both the Summer Series and Winter Cup in 2015/16, clocking up 10 wins. As newcomers joined in 2016/17, however, the more experienced Radical racers became less dominant; in his first season of circuit racing, Sol Esuf won the Summer Series, with two wins and five podium finishes and, although Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey nailed the Winter Cup with four wins, Esuf was Overall Champion. Of the 10 winners, Sean Maloney tops the list with 13, ahead of brothers Stuart (8) and Mark (7).

McCartney leads title chase ahead of JTHM Raceday

Devan McCartney is the early leader of the Champion Driver title chase as Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) prepares for round two of its 2017 Championship, to be staged at the John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Raceday on Saturday & Sunday, May 6/7. BPMSI will again share the weekend with the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD), as it presents Launch Control, round 2. Competitors from both Clubs will enjoy the chance for some last-minute testing at the BPCI Open Track Day next Saturday, April 29, with track time starting at 11.00am and drag practice from 3.30pm.

Saturday (May 6), which is slated for an 11.30am start, will include Practice and Qualifying for BPMSI Championship classes on two and four wheels, also the opening round of the third Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup and SR3 Cup; BADD members will Practice in the middle of the day and Qualify at the end. On Sunday (May 7), after an earlier 10.55am start, 16 races are scheduled on the 2.01-kilometre International Circuit, three each for the BPMSI classes and the Suzuki Challenge Series, offering 130 laps of wheel-to-wheel dicing, with the Hilti Handicap for Cars rounding of the track programme. After that, BADD will take to the northern drag strip at around 3.30pm to complete the day with its Eliminations and Grudge Matches.

At BPMSI’s opening fixture of the season on March 26, McCartney (Honda CRX) claimed a hat-trick of wins in Group 1/Class 2, an achievement matched by Gp1/C1 winner Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift). Walcott, however, suffered from a couple of unsubscribed races, which meant he failed to score the maximum 25 points for a win. So, McCartney leads the overall title chase with 75 points, Walcott is second with 61 and Derek Edwards (BMW 318ti Compact), McCartney’s closest challenger in Gp1/C2, third on 51. Kyle King (Toyota Starlet) leads the Hilti Handicap Championship for Cars table with 25 points, following a stirring drive to overcome a 10-second jump-start penalty.

Cars on the water for Sol Rally Barbados 2017

The Geest Line freighter Benguela Stream set sail from Portsmouth on the English south coast overnight Monday this week, carrying a precious cargo of more than 30 rally cars heading for the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event, Sol Rally Barbados 2017. For the first time, one of the lynchpins of the BRC’s huge annual operation – ‘Rally Central’, as it is known – will be the pits at Bushy Park Barbados.

In essence, Rally Central is a storage and service facility, which accommodates most international and some regional competitors, providing a secure location in which the cars are stored once they are released from the Bridgetown Port. The facility also provides support services for teams (particularly first-timers), with experienced and helpful local engineers on hand to assist with enquiries and source items visitors may need. The Rally Office will be based in the Administration Block, which will also provide secure lock-up storage for equipment and parts.

After a stop at Le Havre on the northern coast of France, the Benguela Stream will dock at the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe before arriving at the Bridgetown Port; once the shipment has been dealt with by the Barbados Customs & Excise Department, the cars will be transported to St Philip, arriving a few days after the John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Raceday.

Sol RB Rally Office Manager Jeanne Crawford said: “I think this new arrangement will work really well. There is ample space to accommodate our overseas crews and the on-site facilities will make everyone’s life more comfortable; and there is an agreed schedule of track time available for testing, which will certainly help some of our visitors, whose cars were finished – or nearly finished – just in time to get on the boat.”

Bradshaw claims a hat-trick of BKA hat-tricks

Racing on a hot day and a grippy track, which led to some of the fastest karting times in Barbados history, Colin Bradshaw claimed his third hat-trick of Easykart 60cc Cadet Class wins at the second round of the Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Restaurants Championship on April 2. Daniel Ullyett continued his battle to reel Bradshaw in, finishing second in each race, while Sophia Simpson and Jayden Thompson fought over third place. Simpson posted her best-ever finish by crossing the line third in the last race, but conceded the final end-of-day podium spot to Thompson by a mere two points.

In Easykart 125 Seniors Light, a familiar face returned to the top step of the podium, as Joshua Maloney won all three races. Despite being the leading contenders at the previous two events, Sacha Soodeen and Stuart Maloney struggled for pace this time round, while Mark Thompson drove away from the field in Easykart 125 Masters, turning the tables on former BKA Champion Nick Gill, who beat him in two out of three in March.

Calem Maloney won two out of three Easykart Junior races, to hold off two-time winner in March Kyffin Simpson, who was unable to finish the final race. Simpson finished the day tied for third with Kayleigh Catwell, while Charlie Kerridge claimed second place.

Reigning BKA Champion Driver Christian Hinds once again lead the way in the X30 class, heading home Calvin Bartlett and Theo Howard.

Our monthly update on other goings-on behind the scenes at Bushy Park Barbados:

• Reigning Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Group 4 2wd Champion Mark Maloney has confirmed that he will be contesting the opening round of the 2017 series at JamWest in Jamaica over the weekend of May 20/21. Details of any others heading off to fly the Broken Trident are yet to be confirmed...

• Former BKA Champion Zane Maloney overseas campaign with Ricky Flynn Motorsport continued at the opening round of the CIK-FIA European Championships at Sarno in Italy last weekend, where he was one of 76 drivers in the OK-Junior category. He qualified first in his group (not all the karts can qualify at once) and fifth overall. Four heats were run before the final - he finished fifth, second (behind team-mate Zak O’Sullivan) and fourth in heats one, three and four, but a dnf in the second after a hit from behind meant he had to start the final a long way down the grid, in 20th. After battling through to make up positions, he was run over by another kart and, while he continued, he was off the pace as the rear bumper was stuck onto the tyre . . .

• Another driver proudly representing the Caribbean in Europe is Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey, who won the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Winter Cup at Bushy Park in January. At Donington Park in the UK last weekend (April 23), he was up against familiar names in round one of the Radical Challenge Championship, including Brian Caudwell and Jack Manchester. Having qualified 12th and 10th (out of 33) for the first two 20-minute races, he came home seventh and 10th, placing him seventh on the grid for the final 40-minute outing. After an incident-packed race he finished 17th, but was encouraged by his performance: “Our race pace was very impressive, we showed that we can run in the top 5, and we clocked the third fastest lap in the final race. I’m waiting for the results, but we should be in the top 10 for points after the first round.”

• If you are a parent or teacher wanting to arrange a visit by your school, we welcome School Tours on weekdays. In addition to an escorted tour of the facility, we can arrange for the pupils to try out our Karting Experience in controlled groups. Please call 537-1360 to make arrangements . . .

Upcoming events

April 27 – Q in the Community, presented by Banks

April 29 – Open Track Day

May 6/7 – John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Raceday

         BPMSI Championship, round 2

         Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup, round 1

         BADD Launch Control, round 2

May 21 – BKA SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Championship, round 4

June 18 – BKA SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Championship, round 5

June 25 – Open Track Day
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