Team Barbados: 100 per cent record in T&T

Team Barbados headed home from round two of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship with a 100 per cent finishing record in all classes at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago. With a hat-trick of wins to add to his race three win in Jamaica, Mark Maloney now leads the Group 4 2wd Championship (subject to official confirmation) from Jamaica’s Peter Rae (Mazda RX-7) and T&T’s Franklyn Boodram (Renault Megane Trophy). Maloney’s RX-3 ran faultlessly all weekend, claimed pole position by more than 1sec and was one of four cars (and the only 2wd) to break the lap record, which is now held by T&T’s Gerard Carrington (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX).

In Group 3, Steve King qualified fourth in his Toyota Starlet; he finished fifth in race one, then third in race two, before crowning a successful day with his first CMRC win. Twice a CMRC Champion Mark Thompson (Honda Civic) had three top five finishes in the fiercely-competitive Group 2, while Brook Miller (Suzuki GSX-R500) finished in the top six in all three Superstock races.

Attention now turns to preparations for round three of the CMRC, which will headline the action-packed International Race Meet at Bushy Park on September 3rd/4th. Keep an eye on the media as details of the race programme are rolled out during August.

Photos by Nicholas Bhajan Photography/Caribbean Action Images

Kidz Karting kicks off with miles of smiles

Chefette Restaurant Ltd’s Summer Camps introduced more than 300 children to the delights of Kidz Karting at Bushy Park during the first week of operation, as smiles as broad as the start-line straight is long lit up the St Philip facility. Among those in at the start of this new offering were Providence Church and Hoggart Vacation Bible Schools, with pupils treated to lunch at Chefette Charles Rowe Bridge after enjoying a tour of Bushy Park and taking to the track for their driving experiences. All attired in their safety gear and fully-briefed on the ‘dos and don’ts’ by our resident instructors, the kids could hardly wait to get a taste of speed at the wheel of the brand new Biz Evo Junior Karts. The karts are speed-limited and can be remotely shut off, so it's safe and fun for kids aged 5-12 . . . but there just might be a serious outcome, too: you never know, you could have a future Lewis Hamilton in your midst!

Tridents Pride of Barbados swap pitch for pits

During a busy week of home Caribbean Premier League matches at Kensington Oval during July, members of the Tridents Pride of Barbados T20 team enjoyed action of a very different kind courtesy of recently-confirmed sponsor Rock Hard Cement. The entire team headed for Bushy Park Barbados, many of them accompanied by their families, where they were treated to a fun day of Karting Experiences and more. Bowler Ravi Ramphal and Shoaib Malik got first-hand experience of the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup, sitting with Team Rock Hard Cement’s regular driver Carlos Edwards in his Swift Sport, while Akeal Hosein, Nicholas Pooran and David Weise all collected prizes during the entertaining prize-giving which followed.

Rock Hard Cement sales manager Justin Harrison said: “We know the team have been training hard and we felt it was an excellent opportunity for the guys and their families to take a couple of hours off.” Trident team manager Jason Harper said: “We laughed hard while driving against each other. These guys are overly-competitive and they are all happy and excited racing the go-karts. It is good to take their minds off cricket a little. Good, clean fun to de-stress.”

Karting Experience and social for BMF Clubs

Next Saturday (July 30th), all Barbados Motoring Federation competition licence-holders, whether they are current or have previously held a licence, are invited to participate as guests in the United Clubs Karting Challenge at Bushy Park. The event will have three components: a competitive element, with groups of 10 fighting it out on the special Karting Experience track, a motor sport discussion and, finally, a social.

Bookings for the Karting Experience sessions are limited to 100 persons on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Those interested are asked to call Motorsport Services (436-0962) requesting their preferred time slot: the first group of 10 will start at 2.30pm, having arrived at the Pit Manager’s office 30 minutes earlier to complete the formalities and attend the safety briefing. The second group of 10 drives off 15 minutes later (2.45pm) having arrived at the Pit Manager’s office at 2.15pm, and so on. Should anyone call Motorsport Services outside office hours (8.00am - 2.00pm Monday to Friday), they are kindly asked to leave a message with their name and phone number, so MS can call back and confirm the booking. Drivers are reminded to wear enclosed shoes, slacks/jeans and a shirt (not vest). Bushy Park will supply helmet, balaclava and karting neck brace to participants who do not already have them.

Following the Karting Experience, there will be a Discussion on Motor Sport in Barbados and the wider Caribbean at 5.30pm in the Pits Cafeteria, followed by the Social from 7.00 to 9.00pm. Those who might only make it in time for the discussion are asked to call 436-0962 so that catering can be arranged.

Edwin and Lil Rick win at Soca Royale 2016

Edwin Yearwood successfully defended his Sweet Soca title and Lil Rick was crowned the Party Monarch, as MQI/98.1 The One Soca Royale kicked this year’s Crop Over festivities into high gear in front of a record crowd at Bushy Park Barbados. Both performed songs with patriotic themes, playing tribute to the island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

While each winner collected the keys to a Kia Cerrato and a cheque for $10,000, there were other reasons to be satisfied with a good evening’s work. Edwin said: “I feel fantastic. I won this for my cousin, who recently passed away. Congrats to Lil Rick. A few years ago some artistes got on a stage and said ‘Lil Rick and Edwin time done’, so we made a pact and said we would prove them wrong.”

Lil Rick added: “I feel great! This is 20 years fuh Lil Rick in the business. Twenty years fuh me; 50 fuh Barbados. Nuff respect to Edwin, too. He was in it before me and it’s him I look up to. I feel great two patriotic songs win tonight.”

Yearwood earned 86 points with Home Sweet Home, beating Damian Marvay’s Know The Face into second with 78 points, while Peter Ram was third with 62 points for Good Morning. Lil Rick got a perfect 100 points for his performance of I’s A Bajan as he claimed his fifth Party Monarch title, equalling the record held by Edwin for some years. MRBLOOD was second with 62 points for Get On Bad, with last year’s winner Peter Ram third, with 58 points for The Tribe.

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Inaugural night racing a success for BKA

Nick Gill, Christian Hinds, Mark Kinch and Zane Maloney kicked off the second half of the Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) 2016 SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship in fine style, with a perfect record of wins under floodlights in round six, sponsored by Suzuki Caribbean and Williams Equipment. Racers enjoyed the new challenge, with some hard-fought battles in the cool night air.

Hinds started from pole position, heading home Ricky Kirton in all three X30 races, with Calvin Bartlett (two) and Reco Alkins sharing the other podium places. Maloney was the pole-sitter in Easykart 100, where the results were the same all evening, with Adam Mallalieu second and Sebastian Thompson third. In Yamaha 310, Gill had an easier time of it, leading his only opponent, Andrew Croney, home three times, while Jason Kirton was alone in the 125 Shifter class. It was all a bit more fraught in Easykart 125 Light, where Joshua Maloney started from pole. Kinch led Aiden Fortier and Justin Maloney home in race one, then Joshua and Justin in race two, with the pole-sitter repeating his second place in the last race, with Fortier finishing third.

As ever, competition was close in Easykart 60, where pole-sitter Calem Maloney had to give best to Kyffin Simpson in the first two races, eventually winning the class in the third, with Simpson second. Behind these young warriors, the third place finishes were shared between Charlie Kerridge (two) and Alex Mallalieu. Three different winners marked Easykart 125 Masters as the most varied class of the evening: Stuart Garcia won the first, from Stephen Moore and Jamaica’s Chris McFarlane, who then claimed the second contest, from Garcia and Moore. Having retired from the earlier two races, pole-man Ayrton Bannister came through to win the third, followed by Garcia and Moore.

Bushy Park under the spotlight in Europe

Bushy Park Barbados came under the spotlight at the highest levels of world motor sport over the past few weeks. At the annual FIA Sport Conference in Turin at the end of June, the first interactive session of the week concentrated on the importance of motor sport venues and the role they play in the development of the sport. Looking at the challenges of creating and developing motor sport facilities, two real-world examples were used - Bushy Park and Sydney Motor Sport Park in Australia.

Barbados Motoring Federation president Andrew Mallalieu gave a detailed presentation during the session, where there was strong engagement from the assembled ASN representatives, on questions ranging from the methods of engaging with governments to the implementation of temporary circuits and the process of assessing potential new venues. The FIA bulletin reporting the event described it as “an ideal scenario to provide information that delegates can take back and apply directly to projects in their regions.”

Just 10 days later, during the Team Managers’ Press Conference at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Bushy Park was again flagged up. Auto Action’s Mike Doodson asked Force India’s Vijay Mallya about his sporting interests, in cricket as well as motor sport. Vijay said: “Well, yes, my son does own the Barbados Tridents cricket team and they're currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League. I've been to Barbados several times, I've been to Bushy Park, which is the race circuit and I can say that the Bajans are very keen on motor sport, which is something fantastic to see. Whenever I go to Barbados, I make a point of visiting Bushy Park. Whether my interests are going to go beyond that in Bajan motor sport we will have to see. Right now I'm sticking to cricket.”

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

• Two-time Sol Rally Barbados winners, Jamaica’s Jeff Panton and Mike Fennell Jnr, returned to the island for a busy schedule of activities, organised by team sponsor Rubis. Alongside appearances at two of the company’s key locations, they visited the National Sports Council Summer Camp at the National Stadium and Bushy Park, where they were joined by team-mates Neil Armstrong and Barry Ward for a Grand Prix Karting Experience; five teams were captained by Panton (the winners!), Armstrong, Rubis executive Stewart Gill, Brett Judd and Trevor Manning. After the on-track action, three lucky winners enjoyed passenger rides in Panton’s Ford Focus WRC06.

Upcoming events

July 30th – United Clubs Karting Challenge

August 13th – BFIT Bushy Park Duathlon

August 14th - Q Kids

August 28th - Open Track Day

September 3rd/4th – International Race Meet, incorporating:

         Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship, round 3

         Suzuki Challenge Series: Swift Cup round 4, SR3 Cup, round 3

         Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc Championship, round 3

         Barbados Karting Association SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 7

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