Clubs gather under BMF banner at Bushy Park

Members of all seven sporting member clubs of the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) gathered at Bushy Park this month for the United Clubs Karting Challenge. All BMF competition licence-holders, whether current or previous, were invited to participate as guests in the event, which included an opportunity to race on the facility’s purpose-built Karting Experience track and to be among the first to try out the new Off-Road Karts, followed by a discussion about the future of island motor sport, hosted by BMF Vice-President John Sealy. More than 50 attendees included senior officials of circuit racing, drag racing, karting and rallying clubs, with competitors on two and four wheels also well-represented. After the formal discussions came to an end, many stake-holders stayed on, as refreshments and music continued in a social atmosphere. BPCI Chief Executive Mark Maloney said: “After a presentation from Mr Sealy, there was a formal session, which then continued well into the night as many stayed behind to keep the discussion going. It was very productive and I believe will serve as a springboard for the further development of motor sport in the island.”

Hot competition, as BKA battles go down to the wire

Grey skies and damp conditions did not deter the hardy contenders in round eight of the Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) 2016 SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship on the last Sunday in September. Having lost the second planned night race to a passing weather system three weeks earlier, everyone was keen to get down to business with just three rounds remaining.

Competition was tight in Easykart 60, pole-sitter Calem Maloney starting the day with a 14-point lead over Kyffin Simpson, a gap he looked set to extend with victory in the first two races, Simpson finishing third and second. Maloney ended up off track after a tangle with another driver in the day’s final race, however, meaning Simpson drew level on points – both have 394 – while Charlie Kerridge (three podiums), Colin Bradshaw (best of fifth) and Trinidad & Tobago’s Alex Powell (three top fours) all moved up the order.

While T&T visitors Isa Deen (two) and Enrique De Leon (one) shared the race wins in Easykart 125 Light, a fourth and two second places moved pole-sitter Joshua Maloney into the class lead, ahead of the absent Aiden Fortier, while Allan Kinch and Aaron Parris also moved up. In Easykart 100, Adam Mallalieu claimed pole and two race wins, a fourth place making him top scorer of the day; Dana Bradshaw was just five points behind, with a win and two third places, while two second places for Kayleigh Catwell made up for race one, when she went off track and was beached on the wet outfield.

Having started from pole, Mark Thompson enjoyed a clean sweep of Easykart 125 Masters, but the battle for the title remains between Stuart Garcia and Ayrton Bannister, who shared second and third. After winning the first X30 race, pole-man Christian Hinds retired from the second with an engine issue, then failed to make the third, allowing Ricky Kirton (second and two wins) to narrow the gap in the title chase.

Team Barbados wins at Williams Digicel International

Team Barbados was the top points-scorer at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet on September 4, moving from fourth to second in the Country standings of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC). With two wins and a second place in Group 4 and a new CMRC lap record to his credit, Barry Mayers was the team’s most successful individual.

Trinidad & Tobago looks set to win the title it just missed out on last year, but the battle for second place will go down to the wire in Guyana (November 12/13) between Barbados (583 points), Jamaica (465pts) and Guyana (350pts). In the separate Country Championship for Bikes, Guyana is guaranteed the title, ahead of a close battle for second between T&T (161pts), Jamaica (156pts) and Barbados (133pts).

With ‘De Focus’ and his brother Roger missing in action for the weekend, Mayers claimed a third consecutive pole position for M & M Racing in his Suzuki SX4, with Mark Maloney (Mazda RX-3) second. Mayers won the first two races, the second on a damp track, while the finale had the crowd on its feet, Maloney easing past on lap three, victory extending his advantage in the Group 4 (2wd) standings. Justin Campbell and Sammy Cumberbatch scored valuable points for Barbados in their BMW M3s.

In CMRC Group 3, T&T’s Paul Vieira (Mazda RX-7) claimed a hat-trick of wins, while Steve King (Starlet) and Kurt Thompson (Honda CRX) added to the home team’s score. Double champion Mark Thompson (Honda Civic) won CMRC Group 2, second in race one, first in the others, while Kenrick Husbands (Starlet) picked up a hat-trick of third places.

On two wheels, Guyanese cousins Elliot and Matthew Vieira were the race-winners, with Canada’s Kevin Graham, Terrance Ollivierre and Kris Brathwaite flying the flag for Barbados after Bushy Park lap record holder Brook Miller took a nasty tumble in tricky conditions in race two.

Jeffrey, Simpson new Suzuki Challenge Series winners

Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey and local racer David Simpson joined the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup roll of honour in round three, as they shared wins with Sean Maloney at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet. Ryan Wood took the chequered flag in all three Swift Cup races, but was disqualified from the third for taking the Joker Lap twice, handing victory to Jason Parkinson.

Suleman Esuf claimed his third SR3 Cup pole position, ahead of Guyana’s Calvin Ming, with Mark and Stuart Maloney on row two, Simpson and Mark Vieira of Guyana, back for the first time since last year, on row three. Three action-packed races followed, the first in mixed track conditions, the second fully wet, the third almost dry . . . Esuf took the chequered flag in the opening race, but a jump start penalty handed victory to Simpson, while a multi-car mid-race incident following a brave manoeuvre into the Ws Hairpin by Mark Maloney left Jeffrey and Ming the only other finishers.

When a damp track was made yet more treacherous by further rain mid-way through race two, Stuart Maloney and Esuf aquaplaned off at the Dipper battling for the lead, joined within seconds by Mark Maloney - Sean Maloney, Vieira and Simpson were the only finishers. In race three, a first-corner mix-up handed Jeffrey the lead; while Simpson looked set for second, he lost out to Esuf, but still had much to celebrate as the day’s top points-scorer.

Kenrick Husbands claimed his first Swift Cup pole position, by one-tenth from points leader Wood, with Josh Read and newcomer Rhett Watson on row two. Wood led the day’s first race from lights to flag, ahead of Parkinson and Husbands, who reclaimed third place from Read on the last lap. ‘Woody’ logged his second win after a memorable drive from the back of the reversed grid, depriving Carlos Edwards of a maiden Swift Cup win, while Martinique’s Pascal Calvel claimed his first podium in third. On pole for the final race (grid based on points scored), Wood opened the gap, retained the lead on his Joker Lap . . . and then did the same again! A no-no for the Stewards, who disqualified him . . . but he was still the top scorer of the day.

Ullyett and Miller are 2016 BPMSI Champions

Geoff Ullyett and Brook Miller are Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BPMSI) 2016 Champion Driver and Champion Rider respectively, following the end of the Club’s second season at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet earlier this month. While the Suzuki Challenge Series will not reach its Summer Series finale until October 30, more than 100 competitors have already scored points in BPMSI-run Championships.

Ullyett won Group 1/Class 1 in all but one race in his Nissan 150Y, giving him a near-perfect score of 218 points (of 225 available) in one of the best-subscribed classes. Gp1/C2 winner Adrian Bailey (Peugeot 205) finishes second overall, with 156 points, while Darren Lashley is second in Gp1/C1 in another 205 and third overall with 141.

Miller rode his Suzuki GSX-R600 to victory in Bikes Class A in five of the nine races run. Despite a tumble in the second race at the International, which left him on the sidelines for the rest of the day, he had done enough earlier in the season to edge out Reigning Champion Kris Brathwaite (Yamaha R6) by just four points. Terrance Ollivierre (Suzuki GSX-R600) is third, another 29 points adrift. Ronnie Cooke (Kawasaki ZX6-R) beat Lowrey Worrell (Suzuki GSX-R600) to the Bikes Class B title, with Stephon Holder third on his Triumph Daytona. Holder and Ollivierre were respectively the highest points-scorers at the International, while Ollivierre has also won the Hilti Handicap Championship for Bikes.

Other Champions: Gp3/C2 - Kenrick Husbands (Toyota Starlet); Gp3/C3 - Shawn Eversley (Suzuki Swift), 42pts; Gp4/2wd - Mark Maloney (Mazda RX-3), 103pts; Hilti Handicap for Cars - Stuart Maloney (Radical RS3 RS), 33pts.

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

• all roads lead to Bushy Park on Sunday, October 30, when a monumental programme of motor sport is planned. The day will start early with the penultimate round of the Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) 2016 Championship; Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) and the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) will then take over and share the rest of the day, running into the evening, with a scheduled finish at 10.00pm. Stay tuned, as more details will be confirmed in the coming weeks . . .
• final touches are being put to our purpose-built Off-road Karting track, following its use by a number of our corporate partners as an extended test session, so we can fine-tune the product. The latest offering in our Driving Experiences is for kids and adults from 12 years and above (just as long as you are 5ft tall), driving our JK7 Rally Karts; each is equipped with full roll cage, four-point harness and high-back rally seat, offering superb driver protection . . . and safety gear will be provided. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and check out our party packages . . .
• Bushy Park Barbados connections have been racing abroad this month, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Zane Maloney has continued his karting programme in the United States, winning at the World Karting Association (WKA) Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series - Grand Nationals Champion - on the last Sunday of the month. These events have been part of a testing programme for his new Praga kart ahead of November’s SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, the world’s biggest kart event, with more than 1000 competitors, which has attracted the likes of Michael Schumacher and Sebastien Vettell in the past. On his return home, Maloney said: “I wanted to test the kart set-up before the SuperNats. No second chances there!”

• meanwhile, Mark and Stuart Maloney, David Simpson and Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey raced in the Radical Challenge at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. With two 20-minute races on Saturday and a 60mins race in Sunday, it was very different from a Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup round at Bushy Park . . . not least as the GP circuit is almost three times as long, at 3.66 miles, with an average speed around 15mph faster! The Caribbean contingent met up with Bushy Park regulars Brian Caudwell, who finished second in the first race behind teenager Jack Manchester, who won from pole and set fastest lap . . . although both their weekends went downhill after that. Stuart Maloney finished sixth in Saturday’s first race from Q7, although he retired from the second, then finished seventh in Sunday’s hour-long event from Q12, with brother Mark 11th (his best finish). The best result for Jeffrey was 11th in race one from Q14 (he was also 12th on Sunday) and for Simpson 16th in race two from Q20.

Upcoming events

October 30 – Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc Season Finale

         Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup & SR3 Cup, Summer Series final round

         Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters, Dragwarz: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric

         Barbados Karting Association SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 9

November 20 - Barbados Karting Association SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 10

November 27 - Open Track Day
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