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Overseas interest grows in Radical Carnival 2017

 
Following the success of the inaugural Radical International at Bushy Park in January this year, at which visitors from Britain and the United States joined drivers from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, interest is already being shown in other countries, including Canada, ahead of next year’s second edition.

The first major event on Bushy Park’s 2017 calendar, it is slated for January 28/29, the weekend before the second Barbados Festival of Speed. Over the race weekend, there will be three races each day, as the visitors will participate in the second Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Winter Cup. The event will also play host to the Swift Winter Cup, with a Prize-giving planned in the Bushy Park Cafeteria to round off the weekend, an occasion greatly enjoyed by the visitors this year.

Organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the Radical Carnival race weekend is the climax of a week of activities that allows overseas visitors the chance to enjoy some of the non-motor sport activities Barbados has to offer, including a barbecue welcome party and west coast catamaran cruise, as well as unfettered access for two days to Bushy Park for testing.

Containers carrying the British entries are scheduled to be loaded at the Radical Sportscar factory in the English city of Peterborough in mid-December for the 10-day voyage across the Atlantic, so like Bushy Park on Facebook to be kept in touch with all the developments.

Team Barbados ‘makes its Mark’ in 2016 CMRC

Team Barbados returned home from the final round of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at South Dakota in Guyana in mid-November with Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) members having won two of the five individual titles. Mark Maloney is the Group 4 (2wd) Champion, and Mark Thompson the Group 2 Champion – for the third time - while Barbados finished second to Trinidad & Tobago in the Country Championship for Cars.

On a day when the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club was challenged by inclement weather and a number of incidents, Maloney (Mazda RX-3) and Thompson (Honda Civic) each ended his 2016 campaign with a clean sweep of three race wins. Representing T&T’s Soca Racers, Guyana’s Paul Vieira also claimed a hat-trick on his way to back-to-back Group 3 titles, while Jamaica’s Doug Gore won Group 4 (4wd) and Guyana’s Matthew Vieira is Superstock Champion, the Host Nation also winning the Country Championship for Bikes.

Since the opening round at Dover Raceway in Jamaica in 2008, where he won the final race of the day, Maloney has missed only three of 28 CMRC race meets, a record no-one can match, and has claimed 12 CMRC Group victories, eight of them this season on the way to his first CMRC title; T&T’s Franklyn Boodram (Renault Megane Trophy) and Jamaica’s Peter Rae (Mazda RX-7) finished second and third.

Thompson has an even more impressive record in his six years contesting Group 2, winning the title three times (2012, ’14 & 16) and finishing second in 2013 (to brother Kurt) and 2015 (to T&T’s Marc Gill). In a total of 57 races, he has won 23 times and finished second or third four times each. Another former Group 2 Champion, Kenrick Husbands (Toyota Starlet) scored points in all three races at South Dakota, ending the season seventh. Outgoing Champion Marc Gill and newcomer Luke Bhola, both driving Civics from T&T, finished second and third.

Racing at the finale for Team Barbados in Group 3 were: Steve King, who blew the engine of his Starlet, but still finished fifth at year-end and Kurt Thompson (Honda CRX) who enjoyed three points-scoring finishes to consolidate eighth; Shawn Eversley’s Suzuki Swift dropped a valve, while Tremaine-Forde Catwell endured a host of teething problems with the Datsun 1200 Turbo, but still scored points in two races.

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BKA Champions decided in thrilling final race day

On a hot day and a fast track at Bushy Park last Sunday, the action-packed final round of the Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Restaurants Championship decided the season’s winners; more than 50 drivers have raced at BKA events this year, confirming the sustained appeal of the grass-roots discipline, with newcomers joining in at each round.

In Easykart 100, Adam Mallalieu won the second half-season championship, claiming a podium spot in each of the four final race meets; he also finished fifth at year-end, despite having started the season in Easykart 60 Cadets and only running the final four events in the 100s. Sebastian Thompson won the full season championship, with Graham Bradshaw second and Dana Bradshaw just edging out Kayleigh Catwell for third place.

Kyffin Simpson won the season championship in Easykart 60 Cadets, although he faced a hard-driving Charlie Kerridge last Sunday, Kerridge winning all three races, as they battled nose to tail, the crowd cheering them on. Kerridge won the day to finish third, while second on the podium gave Simpson the title, with Calem Maloney second.

Stuart Garcia ended the season with a second-place finish in Easykart 125 Masters, which consolidated his title, despite Mark Thompson winning all three races in blistering fashion, putting up times that made some of the lighter karts look slow. Garcia was all smiles when he realised that he had the championship in his grasp after the second race, beating Ayrton Bannister into second place, with Thompson third.

In the 125 X30 class, Christian Hinds finished his season with a clean sweep of three wins, after two frustrating outings struggling with engine failures. Ricky Kirton was hot on his heels, hoping to wrest away the championship, but to no avail, despite driving hard and pushing his way to the front. Rico Akins end the year third.

Daryl Clarke took the honours on the day in Easykart 125 Light, but Sacha Soodeen’s second place was good enough to pass Aiden Fortier for third place at year-end, with Joshua Maloney taking the top spot.

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Zane Maloney the ‘hard charger’ in Las Vegas

Former Barbados Karting Association (BKA) Champion Zane Maloney returned home from Las Vegas this week, having won the ‘Hard Charger Award’ in the Mini Swift Final at the SuperKarts USA! SuperNationals 20; he fought through from 29th on the 40-kart grid to finish 13th, having briefly run inside the top 10 until his kart lost power.

In practice, Zane had been seventh out of the huge entry of 78 karts, most being driven by more experienced karters, some around a year older. The KartSport North America crew made some changes, resulting in him qualifying an impressive third fastest: “Thanks to my engineer Chi Chi for getting my kart dialed in when it mattered,” Zane wrote on his Facebook page.

Three heats followed, two on Friday, one of Saturday, to decide the grid for Sunday’s Final. Zane started the first in P2, but was black-flagged and disqualified ‘for aggressive defending’ – “Now I know how Verstappen felt,” said Zane – then finished the second heat fourth. He started from pole in the Saturday heat and held the lead for four laps, before losing some top speed and a handful of places. Thanks to the black flag on Friday, he started the final in P29.

Afterwards, Zane said: “My first SuperNats Final is over! Had some good luck on lap one and managed to gain some positions without much rubbing. I made my way through the pack up to ninth and was feeling strong but with two laps to go my engine lost power on corner exits. I gave up a few spots to finish 13th. The commentator gave me the 'Hard Charger' Award. I was disappointed not to have done better but from 29th to 13th is nothing to complain about.”

On Facebook, Zane wrote: “Thanks for the continued support from Sol, Bushy Park Barbados, Rock Hard Cement and all of you guys who like and comment on my page. I have all of you in mind whenever I go to battle. Motivates me more than ever. Thanks for all of the support.”

Esuf and Wood Suzuki Summer Series Champions

Suleman Esuf and Ryan Wood are the Suzuki Challenge Summer Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup Champion respectively. Racing under floodlights, occasional showers and the pressure of four races in one day made October’s Day/Night Race Meet at Bushy Park Barbados a fitting conclusion to this season’s events, with the Winter Cup to follow early next year.

Josh Read, the longest-standing Swift Cup racer not to have won, finally did so in the penultimate race of the season, then collected a second award in the day’s final race. His fastest lap of 1m 16.346s was the best Swift Cup lap of the Summer Series and wins him a Radical Experience at Bushy Park, the same prize also going to Champion Wood.

From his first pole position of the Summer Series, Mark Maloney enjoyed a lights-to-flag victory in race one, with brother Sean in close company throughout; Esuf finished third, but was promoted to second when Sean was awarded a 5sec jump-start penalty. Stuart Maloney won race two, with Esuf again second, then victory in the third encounter guaranteed him the title with one race to go. The fourth SR3 Cup race was abandoned.

Kyle Catwell claimed his first pole position in the Swift Cup, then his second Series win in race one, ahead of Daryl Clarke and Jason Parkinson, who narrowed the gap to points leader Ryan Wood, who finished fourth. Wood returned to winning ways in race two, beating Josh Read and Parkinson to the line, extending his lead to 33 points, with a maximum of 50 still on offer in the two night-time races.

The first race in darkness was one of the best of the Summer Series, Read taking the lead on lap four and finally claiming a well-deserved Swift Cup win, while second place for Wood was good enough to clinch the title. The grid positions for race four were drawn from a hat in championship order, Wood pulling first, but ending up 10th on the grid! From the front row, Clarke and Martinique’s Pascal Calvel battled for the lead early on, shadowed by Read. Clarke and Read took their Jokers together on the final lap, Read almost out-gunning Clarke to the line, the winning margin just 48/1000ths.

http://www.suzukichallengeseries.com/news/2016/10/30/esuf-and-wood-suzuki-challenge-series-summer-champions/

Electric performance at BADD Drag Warz 3

Bushy Park debutant Dan Johnson posted the fastest time at the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) Drag Warz 3: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric, which shared Bushy Park with BPMSI during the late October event, which ran from day into night. Driving the battery-powered Westfield ‘Megawatt’, which he has designed and built in recent months, he clocked 6.782 seconds during the official runs, then lowered the time yet further, to 6.626s, in the grudge matches . . . a mere 28 thousandths off the track record set by Roger Mayers back 2012.

Jeremy ‘Silent Man’ Greenidge (pictured, with the John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Trophy) became BADD’s 2016 Champion in his Mitsubishi Colt as the largest field of the season - 36 competitors – lined up for action, bringing to nearly 60 the number who have scored points this year. There was a large and vocal crowd, whose enthusiasm was not dampened by intermittent showers, delighting Club Chairman Jason Downey: “Records were smashed, ‘newbies’ showed they can handle the regulars, and we had a massive ‘11-car tree’ in the 9.0-9.5 second bracket.”

Rookie driver Anthony Stoute (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) won the 6 seconds category with a time of 6.986s, while the other category winners were: 7 seconds - David Balgobin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo), 7.128s; merged 8.0-8.5 & 8.5-9.0 seconds - Kevin Griffith (Suzuki Swift), 8.383s; 9.0-9.5 seconds - Jamar Haynes (Honda Civic), 9.322s; 9.5-10 seconds - Adrian Bailey (Peugeot 205), 9.603s; merged 10.0-10.5 & 10.5-11.0 seconds – Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift), 10.306s; Bikes - Terrance Ollivierre (Suzuki GSX-R600), 7.141s.

The top six in the year-end standings are: 1st Greenidge 336 points; 2nd Walcott 255pts; 3rd Griffith 253pts; 4th Graeme Finlayson (Westfield Hyabusa Turbo) 175pts; 5th Shorne Joseph (Nissan Pulsar) 174pts; equal 6th Balgobin & Matthew Forde (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 155pts

http://www.baddmotorsports.com/news/2016-11-10/rookie-stuns-meet-with-six-seconds-time

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


• Don’t forget our Open Track Day next Sunday (November 27) – spectators are free (entry through the Pit Gate) and Harry's Danny Burger will be selling food and drinks. There will be alternating track sessions for cars and bikes between 10.00am and 3.00pm, then sessions for drifting from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Check our Facebook page for the flyer with registration details . . .

• Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Independence, check out our 50-50-50 offer. It will cost you just $50 for On-track Karting and $50 for Off-road Karting – you must be 12 years or older, book in groups of four and make sure that you book in advance: either call 537-1360 or e-mail experiences@bushyparkbarbados.com. The offer is available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays until December 16 . . .

• If your Christmas present list is still incomplete, then Bushy Park Barbados has lots to offer - Karting, Kidz Karting, Off-road Karting, Suzuki Swift and Radical SR3 Driving Experiences, or you can buy Christmas Vouchers, too. Look us up at the Providence Christmas Gift Show this Sunday (November 27) or at the St Winifred’s School Pantomime, which this year is Shrek - we are sponsoring the December 14 evening performance . . .

• Looking for a venue for that Festive Function? Look no further - there are already some functions and parties booked in our Clubhouse and VIP facility, so if you want to do something special over the holiday period, call us now to discuss it on 537-1360 . . .

• Our very popular School Tours are under way once again, on weekdays. If you are a parent or teacher wanting to arrange a visit by your school, please call 537-1360 . . .

Upcoming events

November 27 - Open Track Day

December 11 – Christmas Open Track Day


2017

January 28/29 – Radical Carnival

         Suzuki Challenge Series Winter Cup, rounds 1 & 2
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