Sumitomo gives thumbs up to Bushy Park

The availability of Bushy Park Barbados to host a test drive event as an integral part of the annual Mazda Caribbean, Central and South America Conference was a key driver in the parent company, the giant Japanese Sumitomo Corporation’s, decision to select Barbados over other regional venues considered. Nearly 40 distributors from 15 countries arrived in the island last Sunday (February 19) for the two-day Conference, which was hosted by local Mazda dealer McEnearney Quality Inc.

Kota Inoue from the Sumitomo Corporation said: “We were extremely impressed by the high professional level of the track available to us for the test drive event, and this swayed our decision to choose Barbados over the other islands for our Regional Conference.”

Monday was dedicated to a programme of speeches and presentations from Sumitomo and Mazda officials, also Regional Distributors, at the Marriott Hotel, followed by awards for various categories of performance. On Tuesday, the delegates headed for St Philip to test drive the all-new Mazda CX-3 crossover, the latest fully SKYACTIV addition to the brand’s line-up. Many reported how impressed they were with how well the new CX-3 handled the corners, compared to competitor vehicles which were also tested on the day.

And Congratulations are in order from the team at Bushy Park Barbados to the team at MQI for beating out all of the much bigger territories, such as Trinidad & Tobago, and winning the award for top Mazda sales in the Region for 2016! Well done all of you – we’re proud to be associated with such a successful business.

BPMSI members go testing at Open Track Day

Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) Group 1/Class 2 Champion Adrian Bailey was among a cross-section of Club members who took advantage of BPCI’s first Open Track Day of the year (February 19) to put some early test mileage on their race cars. At the wheel of his Peugeot 205, he shared track time with fellow Gp1/C2 competitors Ross Callendar (Daihatsu Charmant), Derek Edwards (BMW 318ti), Robert Gill (Toyota Starlet) and former bike racer Devan McCartney (Honda CRX), who finished second to Bailey last year in his first season on four wheels.

Also well-supported was Gp1/C1, drivers testing including former Bushy Park Champion William Jones (Nissan), Darren Lashley (Peugeot 205) and Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift), who finished second and third respectively to class-winner (and Champion Driver) Geoff Ullyett (Nissan) last year.

Others putting on the miles included Junior Benskin (Nissan Sunny), Tremaine Forde-Catwell, who was driving the turbocharged Datsun he raced at South Dakota in Guyana last November, Simon Gillmore (Peugeot 205), Jason Harewood (Toyota Starlet) and father and son Doug and Mark Maloney, in Audi A4 quattro and Mazda RX-3 respectively.

If you are interested in making use of future track days, the remaining dates for the next few months are: Sunday, March 12; Saturday, April 29; Sunday, June 25.

POSTPONED: the opening round of BPMSI’s 2017 Championship, scheduled for this Sunday (February 26), has been postponed as a significant number of members are not yet race-ready. As this Newsletter went to press, BPMSI was in discussion with other Clubs and the Barbados Motoring Federation to finalise a new date.

Hat-trick for Bradshaw at BKA season-opener

Colin Bradshaw claimed a hat-trick of Easykart Cadet Class wins as the Barbados Karting Association (BKA) got its 2017 SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship under way on February 12, the season-opener sponsored by Ripples. Pole position holder Daniel Ullyett looked set for victory, until passed on the last lap by Bradshaw, who had earlier picked off Donche Blackman and Jaden Thompson. Ullyett led for the first couple of laps of the second outing, before losing out first to Bradshaw and then Thompson, while Bradshaw claimed a flag-to-flag victory in race three.

Easykart Senior Lights was the day’s best-supported class with 10 starters and race wins shared by pole-sitter Joshua Maloney, Isa Deen and Tremaine Forde-Catwell. Maloney led from start to finish in the opening race, while Deen and Forde-Catwell had more work to do. In the second race, Deen saw Neil Armstrong and Benjamin Moore drop away on the opening lap, before passing Sacha Soodeen (the top points-scorer in the class for the first time) to take a lead he would not lose, while Forde-Catwell assumed the lead two laps from home, having started eighth, the mid-part of the race led by Stuart Maloney. Easykart Senior Masters ran with the Lights, Mark Thompson heading Nick Gill home in all three races.

The X30, Yamaha 310 and Easykart Juniors ran together – Joshua Maloney claimed a hat-trick in X30, with Calvin Bartlett (twice) and Theo Howard sharing second place; Nick Gill headed Andrew Croney each time in 310. Taking a break from his European campaign (see below), Zane Maloney won Easykart Junior races, but was not running for points or position; on a highly-competitive day, race wins were shared between brothers Adam and Alex Mallalieu and Calem Maloney, along with all but one of the podium places - Kayleigh Catwell was right in the mix, finishing third in the first race.

Zane Maloney makes good progress in Europe

One month in to his first season racing in Europe, former Barbados Karting Association (BKA) Champion Zane Maloney is already making progress with the respected Ricky Flynn Motorsport (RFM) outfit. Last Sunday (February 19), at South Garda Karting in northern Italy, he claimed the best result of his campaign so far, finishing fourth in the Winter Cup OK-Junior Final, saying: “There were 55 of the best drivers in the world competing in juniors this weekend so, even though the top spot is the goal, I am thrilled with this result.” One of his RFM team-mates, Britain’s Harry Thompson, was the winner.

Apart from a short break at home, where he raced at the BKA’s opening meet, 13-year-old Maloney has spent the last month in Italy, first competing on consecutive weekends in the WSK Champions Cup and the WSK Super Masters Series at the Adria Karting Raceway, where conditions were challenging: “The last two weeks have been amazing! I raced at Adria in all conditions . . . wet, dry, greasy, icy and today extremely wet and windy, with some below freezing temperatures in between.”

Maloney is one of seven youngsters driving for RFM, alongside team-mates from Australia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Morocco and the UK and his campaign continues next weekend at Castelletto, south of Milan, in the second round of the WSK Super Masters Series. In all, he will spend nearly six months of the year travelling, with Mum Natalie alongside. Father Sean says: “We were happy to get on board with RFM so that he can get professional support and take me out of the equation a bit, as work does not allow 165 days in Europe! Natalie is there, managing every aspect of this next stage of his journey, including team communication and Zane’s education and physical training.”

Healthy entry for first BFIT Bushy Park Duathlon

The Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) reported more than 40 entries for its first Bushy Park Duathlon (March 19) earlier this week, with more than three weeks to go before registration closes on March 17. For those unfamiliar with the format, the Duathlon is a run, bike, run event, with two categories - Mountain Bike and Road Bike – each divided into classes for male and female, adult and youth, further divided into eight age groups.

The run will start at the east end of the Pits, exit through the west on to the marl track that leads up to The Hill, turnaround just past The Clubhouse and loop back; competitors will transition to their bikes on the grass just east of the Pit entrance, then ride the full International circuit counter-clockwise before returning to Transition for the final run. The Adult Road Bike distances are 4km run, 16km bike, 2km run, but the other categories will cover shorter courses. The event duration, including a Prizegiving in the Bushy Park Cafeteria, will run from 5.30 to 10.00am.

A glance through the current list reveals a broad cross-section of males and females, from teen-age to retirement age, with a range of differing skill-sets. BFIT highlights Eric Lashley, Niel Skinner and Danielle Treasure under the heading ‘youngsters who will impress’, Amy Cox and Oein Josiah as the ‘rising stars’, while Greg Austin, Tony Hoyos and Jennifer Wosminity are labelled ‘the experienced ones’.

BFIT is also inviting people to visit Bushy Park to practice, walk, run or cycle on track at its ‘Open House’ events between 4.00 and 6.00pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, once there are no other track activities happening. Entry is via the pit gate and will be free of charge! Call them at 256 0114 to learn more.

“Teams that play together stay together”

Bushy Park can provide an unrivalled opportunity within the local market for companies large or small to organise a Corporate Day with a difference. Whether it is a way of rewarding employees for their hard work, a team-building event to bring the workforce closer together . . . or even a family fun day, which involves a far wider range of people, the expert staff at Bushy Park can create it.

The options are seemingly endless: Driving Experiences in Karts – on-track and off-road - Suzuki Swifts or Suzuki-powered Radical SR3 sports cars, with a wide range of event formats to suit everyone. The opportunities for entertaining are as extensive, from something simple to something grand – with the Clubhouse, Club Members Lounge, Corporate Suites and the Open Air Suites, there’s an offering to suit all budgets.

The Driving Experiences are managed by a team of professionals, who have achieved motor sport success in their own fields - safety is of prime importance. All participants are given a safety briefing and the appropriate safety gear for the activity of their choice. Go Pro cameras can be rented for those who wish to make their best friends jealous of the fun day they had, and time sheets are available to confirm how well things went . . . or not!

Laughter and smiles were the order of the day at a Corporate event in early February, which was enjoyed hugely by a group of more than 50 management and staff from Caribbean Homes, Cemtile, Club Fitness At The Villages At Coverley, Creative Paving Solutions, DuraTile, Fresh Market Coverley, Housing Concepts, Meridian Caribbean, Preconco, Rock Hard Cement and The Villages At Coverley.

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

• work has started in the installation of Bushy Park’s new full-arena lighting with excavation of the trenches necessary to link the lighting towers together; the system is designed, so that only the required area – for instance the drag strip in the north - is lit when in use. Working with local business, the principal contractor is the American firm Musco Lighting, which has lit everything from the Statue of Liberty to the Formula 1 Grand Prix venues in Bahrain and at Yas Marina in Dubai. Once completed, BPCI will not only be able to host drag and circuit racing competitions in the cool night air, but also offer the popular Driving Experiences to patrons after the sun has gone down . . .

• don’t forget, if you are a parent or teacher wanting to arrange a visit by your school, we welcome School Tours on weekdays. Please call 537-1360 to make arrangements for an escorted tour of the facility, the chance to learn something about the history of Bushy Park, also what we are doing today. There’s no better way to get a feel for what we do than our Karting Experience, we can arrange that, too . . .

• fancy racing a kart, but not sure whether you’re up to it? We can help there, with our one-on-one coaching sessions in the Bushy Park Easykarts. Why not sign up for an hour of tuition to see whether you have got what it takes? You can choose between three classes of kart, the price in each case including kart rental (any damage would be extra) and coaching by one of our experienced instructors: 60cc kart $500, 100cc kart $600 and 125cc kart $700 . . .

• are you looking for a safe and controlled environment to test your race car or rally machine? Or perhaps just fine-tune the latest mods to your road car? Well, head for St Philip, where Bushy Park is available by the hour for just $300 per car . . .

Upcoming events

February 26 – Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc Championship, round 1 - postponed

March 5 – BKA SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 2

March 12 – Open Track Day

March 19 – BFIT Duathlon

March 26 – Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters Launch Control, round 1
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