Suzuki Challenge Series a hit 

While local drivers Mark Thompson and Sean Maloney emerged as the early leaders of the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup and SR3 Cup respectively after last month’s John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet, there was an encouraging level of participation by overseas drivers . . . and there are more to come, with Jamaican multiple Champion David Summerbell Jnr already confirmed in a Swift Sport for round two.

In the Swift Cup, Thompson’s closest challenger in the standings is Trinidad & Tobago’s Ryan Peyrau, who was ecstatic following his second-race win: “This reminds me so much of my karting days. Close racing with competitive, yet level-headed drivers. Every driver that came out of those cars was laughing – it was so much fun.” For Martinique’s Jean-Philippe Mongaillard, the results did not come, but he still enjoyed himself: “It is a very good group of drivers and the car is perfect.”

In the SR3 Cup, Ryan Gonsalves of St Vincent & The Grenadines and Guyana’s Mark Vieira lie fourth and fifth in the standings, both regular visitors to Old Bushy Park in recent years. Gonsalves said: “It’s great! Everyone comes together to mix and mingle and learn tips along the way.”

Vieira was impressed not only with the racing - “I haven’t had much time in the car, but I’ve loved every minute of it” – but also the facility: “It’s fantastic to see what you guys have done here in Barbados. The facility is the number one in the region for sure and it’s great to see corporate Barbados pushing motor racing so hard.” His views were echoed by American Jim Parr: although he was racing a car for the first time last month, he has long experience of another form of horsepower, as a polo player. He said: “This facility is just wonderful. The competition is unbelievable, I’m just full of adrenalin right now!”

Bushy Park Barbados Karting Experience launched

Bushy Park Barbados welcomed the first participants for its new Karting Experience in mid-April as part of an on-going programme to develop an ever-broader range of circuit activities on offer to regular competitors, the wider community and visitors to the island. Approximately 100 people turned up to drive the Birel karts on a purpose-built track.

“It was great . . . can't wait to go again!”, “Had a blast also, great fun, friendly staff!” and “So my birthday is next week. Who's paying for my kart ride?” were just some of the comments posted on social media by the first group of participants, while there is already a league table of fastest times, with the outright lap record currently held by Joshua Maloney (26.9.40) and the top driving experience time of 27.3.14 held by Nicholas Watson.

The Karting Experience offers participants the chance to drive on a specially-designed 0.41-kilometre circuit in a Birel kart, powered by a 270cc four-stroke Honda engine, capable of up to around 50mph on the straights . . . although it will seem much faster for the driver, sitting just a few inches above the ground.

The karts are designed to meet worldwide ‘arrive & drive’ safety regulations, with front, side and rear crash protection; the seat and pedals are adjustable – pretty much anyone can be accommodated, although there are minimum limits for height (5ft) and age (12 years). Before each Experience, there will be a classroom session, with a video explaining the basics, including how to get in and out of the kart, also safety flags and their meaning. Safety helmet, neck brace and balaclava are provided, and enclosed shoes are required. Each participant must sign a liability waiver.

Two packages are on offer, to cover individual interest, also that from fan groups or corporate bodies. The individual package, priced at Bds $50 per driver, is a timed session for 10 minutes: an official sheet of lap times will be available at the finish, indicating the participant’s best overall performance.

The Grand Prix package is aimed at groups of participants, with a minimum of five drivers (at Bds $100 per driver); there will be a five-minute qualifying session, with lap times available for each participant, followed by a 15-minute race. As after qualifying, full results will be available after the race.

For more information on the Bushy Park Karting Experience:

Bookings can be made by calling 256-0114  or emailing

Swift and Radical experiences also available. Ask about our gift vouchers.

Contact us to find out how to book a corporate day.

Massy Group were one of the first to experience a corporate Karting day at Bushy Park, and this is what they had to say: "I just wanted to thank YOU and your TEAM for such a tremendous job in facilitating us. The few hundred Massy staff (and families) who attended all had an awesome time. The organization of the event was fantastic, it all went like clockwork. I expect to be doing a lot of the running around myself, but I didn’t have to at all. It really felt like we were your VIP guests."
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Third different leader in BKA’s 2015 First Season

The Barbados Karting Association (BKA) has its third different 2015 First Season leader of the Frutee/Chefette Championship in as many rounds, as record numbers compete in the Club’s race meetings at Bushy Park Park. The BKA’s calendar is divided into two five-round seasons, and April’s Williams Equipment meet sustained this year’s standard of quality and quantity - seven racers out for the first time brought to 37 the total of BKA participants so far.

After Reigning Champion Nick Gill started his title defence with a perfect score of 100 at the season-opener, Mark Thompson’s Easykart 125 results in March edged him ahead in the overall title chase (by just one point, mind you); and it was all change again this month, with Zane Maloney the new top points scorer, with 284 in Easykart 100, where he has managed to edge ahead of cousin Joshua, his only opposition.

Gill has a fight on his hands in 310 Yamaha, where his brother Reggie and Kyle Proverbs are doing their best to peg him back; even so, he’s accumulated 278, which noses him ahead of Thompson (267), who was not as dominant in April as he had been previously. The thorn in his side was Simon Willis, top scorer for the day, with three wins.

A terrific battle is brewing in the X30 class, Ricky Kirton the top scorer again, as he was in round one, but Christian Hinds still holds the upper hand after his strong showing in March. Once again, the Easykart 60cc ‘Cadets’ produced class racing, and is easily the hottest class of the year so far - Sebastian Thompson was top scorer for the second time, but with smaller margins now evident among the leading runners. Just four points cover Thompson on 242, Kayleigh Catwell (240) and Kyffin Simpson (238).

Next race meet: May 3rd BKA Championship round 4.

SuperSpecial Finale for Sol Rally Barbados

Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), which marks the 25th Anniversary of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event, will finish with a spectacular side-by-side SuperSpecial on the unique Race Of Champions parallel track at Bushy Park . . . in addition to the Friday night start already confirmed.

On Sunday, crews will be required to start the SuperSpecial in order to be classified as overall finishers, but the times will not be included in the results of Sol RB15, allowing competitors to “let their hair down” after two hard days of focussed rallying. Cars will be seeded in reverse order, from slowest to fastest, building tension during the evening, as drivers vie for special awards for fastest in class and fastest overall.

Sol RB Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “The chance to use the ROC Parallel Track for its designed purpose of side-by-side racing is really too good to miss. We’re planning for a rally finish that will bring competitors, rally cars, service crews, supporters and spectators together, over-looking the SuperSpecial from up on The Hill. I’m sure many will remember the 2008 SuperSpecial at Bushy Park with the bridge, when some drivers thought they were astronauts . . . once they relax and let their hair down, I think we may well see the same sort of thing again!”

Tickets will be available online at, at all Automotive Art stores, as well as SOL Wildey and Speightstown locations. LIKE our Facebook page to keep posted on the ticket release date.

BADD and BPMSI combine for new May Race Meet

Round two of the Suzuki Challenge Series will feature on a new date at Bushy Park Barbados on May 16/17, when Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) and the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) combine for a packed weekend of action.

Three races each are also scheduled for BPMSI’s 2015 Championship for Clubman, Modified Production, SuperSport and SuperModified classes, alongside three for Motorcyles, with Hilti Handicap races on two and four wheels towards the end of the day; from a drag racing perspective, three half-hour practice sessions are currently planned, building up to Qualifying and the all-important Eliminations. BADD will have grudge matches to conclude the day’s activities, while a full day of practice and qualifying is planned for Saturday.

BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney said: “Our debrief after the first race meet of the year identified a number of areas where we could change up how we do things. One of these was to deal with the issue of giving the bikers as clean and safe a track as possible, without unnecessary delays, so we’ll be switching the timetable around a bit. Also, having the BADD guys involved will help create a fantastic and varied day of activity.”

Suzuki Challenge Series Round 2 plus BPMSI and BADD Action
  • Qualifying - Saturday 16th May – BADD, BPMSI, Suzuki Challenge Series – FREE ADMISSION
  • Sunday 17th May – Gates open 7.30 am. Racing starts 8.30 am. 
  • Grounds: $20 Coolers with food and drinks are welcome (no glass only plastic bottles) Banks and Cockspur are our exclusive brands.
  • Clubhouse: $40 Food and Drinks on sale.
  • Kids under 12 are free.
  • Plus our popular – 4 x 4 Hammer Zone for 4 x 4 trucks. Located in the general spectator area just above the Digicel Hammer corner. $25 per vehicle $20 per person.
  • VIP - $125 and drinks free (food available for sale)
  • DJ entertainment, Ghostriders and more.
Tickets are available at all Automotive Art Stores, Sol Warrens or Speightstown and online from Monday May 4th.

15% discount on all Tyres, wheels and car care products at Automotive Art Stores upon presentation of a Bushy Park ticket to the cashiers for up to one month after the event.
Business Development Manager Zoe Manning’s monthly update on other goings-on behind the scenes at Bushy Park Barbados:
• “our new 4 x 4 Hammer Zone was a great success at the ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet. We had more than 40 vehicles in there, with barbeques, tents and coolers, and there was positive feedback from everyone who came.”

• “at the second meeting of the Bushy Park Committee in April, we were again delighted by the turn-out, as we continue to engage with our partners and sponsors. Among the issues discussed were signage around the facility, the new Karting Experiences and the installation of a northern ticket booth for easier access to those who park in the north and wish to buy their tickets on the day.”
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