Team Barbados set for Williams Digicel International

Team Barbados is targeting a maximum points haul in the home round of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) to move up the Country Championship standings. Round three of the CMRC is the headline event at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet on September 3/4.

Preparations are now moving into high gear, with the first Meet & Greet planned for this Friday (August 26) at 5.00pm on the Simpson Motors Lawn at Warrens and an Open Track Day at Bushy Park on Sunday (August 28) at 11.00am, an ideal chance for local runners to go testing. Fans attending Friday evening will be the first to collect the free Racecard, with full entry lists, timetable and spectator information for race weekend.

After the first two rounds at Jamwest in Jamaica and the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago, T&T has a total of 799 points; Jamaica is second (465pts), Guyana third (276pts) and Barbados fourth (202pts), with the Cayman Islands and CAMS completing the table.

Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the 23-race programme will feature three races each for the CMRC Groups, the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup and the BPMSI’s 2016 Club Championship, a total of more than 170 racing laps. Hilti Handicap races for cars and bikes will round off the weekend.

BPMSI Chairman Sean Maloney is in confident mood: “We are fielding a strong team across all Groups and I believe we can move up the Country Championship table. While I can’t see us getting close to Trinidad, which is sending many of its successful cars from the earlier rounds, I hope we can move past Guyana, and perhaps Jamaica. And we can definitely rely on the bikers to make some progress, too.”

The individual leaders in the five CMRC Groups are: Group 4 (4wd) – Doug Gore (JAM); Gp4 (2wd) – Mark Maloney (BAR); Gp3 – Paul Vieira (T&T); Gp2 – Luke Bhola (T&T); Superstock – Stephen Vieira (GUY).

Regional racers promise CMRC bike bonanza

Bike racing fans are set for a bonanza weekend at the Williams Digicel International Race Meet when lap record-holder Brook Miller will lead Team Barbados against a record regional entry, with seven of the top 10 points-scorers in the Seaboard Marine CMRC Superstock Championship confirmed.

Miller is the only local rider to have competed in the CMRC so far this year, having claimed two fifths and a seventh last month aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600 at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago, placing him 10th.

Already confirmed to ride alongside him are Kris Brathwaite (Yamaha R6), whose fourth-placed finish in the first race of the day at last year’s International was the home team’s best result, Terrance Ollivierre and Shirley Scantlebury, both riding Suzuki GSX-R600s. Flying in to represent Team Barbados are Bermuda-based Bajan Kirk Greaves, also Suzuki-mounted, and Canada’s Kevin Graham (Yamaha R6), a regular competitor in the region and former lap record holder in Guyana and Jamaica.

Guyanese cousins Stephen, Matthew and Elliot Vieira are the only race-winners so far in the 2016 CMRC Superstock Championship. With two wins at the Jamwest Raceway in Jamaica in March then four second places, multiple CMRC Champion Stephen (Kawasaki ZX-6R) leads the rider standings from Matthew (Yamaha R6), who claimed a hat-trick of wins at Wallerfield. Elliot (Kawasaki ZX-6R), winner of the third race at Jamwest, is fourth, behind Jamaica’s Robert McDonald, who is not entered for Barbados.

The Reggae Racers also field a three-man team, comprising Kyle Reynolds (Kawasaki ZX-6R), who lies sixth in the points, Mario Woon (Honda CBR 600RR) and Norman Chung (Yamaha R6). The T&T challenge is led by newcomer Kiel Abraham (Kawasaki ZX-6R), who twice finished third at home last month to lie fifth in the standings, backed up by Luke De Nobrega (Yamaha R6) and Nicholas Gonzales (Kawasaki ZX-6R), both of whom raced at Bushy Park last year.

Formula 1 connections in action at Bushy Park

During the annual summer break in the Grand Prix calendar, it wasn’t only Lewis Hamilton who visited Barbados! Ron Meadows, the sporting director of Mercedes Formula 1, headed over to St Philip with his family and friends and got the opportunity to see and hear all about the facility. He also enjoyed a Karting Experience that resulted in him standing tall on the podium among some good local competition.

A few weeks earlier, Harrison Newey (pictured above on the left with Bushy Park's Orry Hunte) marked his 18th birthday in the island, including a morning at Bushy Park and a few laps in a Radical SR3. Son of record-breaking Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey, Harry has already embarked on his own circuit-racing career – he finished second in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in the UK last year, with two pole positions, two wins, 10 further podiums and three fastest laps to his credit. This year, he is racing in the European Formula 3 Championship, where his team-mates include Pedro Piquet, younger son of former World Champion Nelson Piquet.

Harry was impressed with Bushy Park: “It was really special, because it’s the only track I have ever been to where you have a clear view of the whole track, which from the perspective of the spectator, it does not get any better than that. Driving was very refreshing, it really takes you back to the grass roots of the original greats, there are no tarmac run offs or large bumpy curbs, it really is a driver’s track. If you make a mistake, then you’re off, much like Zandvoort in Holland or Brands Hatch GP in the UK, and from a driver’s point of view that is what we really love.”

Build A Kart . . . then race it at Bushy Park!

Planned for Sunday, September 11, a novel way to mark the island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence is the Build A Kart Competition, a fun contest combining design ability, building and - particularly - teamwork. Working in the Bushy Park Pits and starting at 9.00am, teams will be required to build from scratch a wooden kart designed for pushing (cardboard or paper templates can be prepared beforehand), decorate the kart with race number and team name clearly visible and then, once safety checks have been completed, go racing! The driver and pusher must participate in the building and must make up the two contestants per kart during the race.

Sign-up is by Monday, September 5, in the following categories: Kids - 5 to 8 years old (an adult can build the kart); 9 to 12 years old (an adult can build or assist with building the kart); 13 to 16 years old. Parents or guardians must supervise minors at all times Adults – Ladies; Gents Special Categories - Father/Son; All-girl Teams; Corporate Teams. Prizes will be presented for Best Design, the top three in each category and, finally, the People’s Choice.

Co-ordinator Zoe Manning says: “Many in the racing community started competing in a home-made wooden go kart – I know I did, but then I didn’t get so far as the other guys! We’re really hoping this will take off and be a fun day for everyone. Members of the racing clubs are being asked to join in and partner with some kids to help them get started and to help us give something back to the community. You never know, we might even find a budding racer in our midst.”

Corporate Days tailor-made to suit all needs

“Teams that play together stay together” – and Bushy Park Barbados is a great place to put that maxim into practice. Bushy Park is far more than just a motor racing facility, with a host of other options available, with new opportunities to get involved coming along on a regular basis.

We can tailor Corporate Events to suit any needs . . . and the family is welcome, too! Our team-building events can be customised to your requirements – perhaps a Family Fun Day, or simply a celebration of your team’s hard work. You can take your pick from our ever-growing range of Driving Experiences – in karts, Suzuki Swifts, high-speed Radical SR3s, or our brand new off-road karts, or any combination of the above!

We have a variety of hospitality areas to accommodate groups large or small, with food & beverage options also available, we can decorate your chosen area to reflect your company’s house colours and we can even work with you to supply trophies, a cherished memory of a fun day out.

To kick off a conversation about your Corporate Day, please either e-mail us at info@bushyparkbarbados or call us on 537 1360
Our monthly update on other goings-on behind the scenes at Bushy Park Barbados:

• we’re already working hard on next year’s Barbados Festival of Speed, and it shouldn’t be too long before we can announce the date. Stay tuned, Newsletter subscribers will be among the first to know . . .

• Off-road Karting is coming soon, for kids and adults from 12 years and above (just as long as your are 5ft tall). Our JK7 Rally Karts are equipped with full roll cage, four-point harness and high-back rally seat offering superb driver protection and safety gear will be provided. We have already been testing the latest addition to our Driving Experiences, so it will be your turn soon – keep an eye on our Facebook page and check out our party packages . . .

• Bushy Park enjoyed a very busy Crop Over season. In addition to the main attraction, Soca Royale, other party planners used the facility for the first time, including Mix Nutz with their Jouvert Party, also Fyah De Wuk . . . and we even had to turn back some enquiries due to date clashes. It seems all were extremely pleased with how the facility played out as a venue and have already reached out to plan future events . . .

• the United Clubs Karting Challenge at Bushy Park, originally scheduled for July 30 (see August Newsletter), was postponed, as many potential participants had clashing commitments over Kadooment weekend. It will now take place on Saturday, September 17. As before, 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 event, which 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. Those interested are asked to call Motorsport Services (436-0962) . . .

Upcoming events

August 28 - Open Track Day

September 3 - Barbados Karting Association SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 7 – Night Racing

September 3/4 – Williams Digicel 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

September 11 – Barbados 50th Anniversary Build A Kart Competition

September 17 – United Clubs Karting Challenge

September 25 - Barbados Karting Association SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 8

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