Racing under lights at BPMSI Finale

Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) is joining forces with the Barbados Karting Association (BKA) and the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) to end its 2016 season in style with a packed day – and night – of action at Bushy Park Barbados on Sunday, October 30.

The BKA will stage the penultimate round of its SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship during the morning, with BPMSI taking to the track from 2.00pm – the first half of the 12-race programme will run in daylight, the second half under floodlights. The programme will feature the final rounds of the Suzuki Challenge Series Summer Season and two Handicap Races each for cars and bikes for competitors who contested the BPMSI’s 2016 Championship.

There will be four Swift Cup and four SR3 Cup races in one day for the first time, the extra race added to complete the planned seasonal total, as there were only two races in each series at the Barbados Festival of Speed in May; with two races in daylight and two after nightfall, some thrilling action is on the cards.

BADD has been allocated three hour-long slots in the timetable for its third event of the season, Dragwarz 3: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric. Practice will run in daylight, immediately after the BPMSI’s preliminary track sessions, then Qualifying and Eliminations and Grudge Matches run in the cool of the evening. Last Sunday’s (October 23) Open Track Day included sessions for BADD practice, which attracted 50 participants, which bodes well for a good turnout this weekend.

Suzuki Challenge Series leaders ready for finale

Suzuki Challenge Series points leaders Suleman Esuf and Ryan Wood are ready to “push hard” at Bushy Park Barbados next Sunday (October 30) as a packed programme of day and night racing brings the SCS Summer Season to a close.

Esuf, who is in his debut season of track racing, has made a big impression in the SR3 Cup for Suzuki-powered Radical SR3 sports-racers, carrying the fight to the more experienced racers in the field. He leads the standings with 112 points, nine ahead of Stuart Maloney, the only man to have won more than one race in the Summer Season. David Simpson, who claimed his first win in September, is third with 93 points, one ahead of Reigning Champion Sean Maloney. Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey and British racer James Abbott bring the number of race-winners this year to six.

With a potential maximum of 100 points on offer, Esuf will have his work cut out, especially as he has not raced under floodlights before, but he is prepared for the task: “This will be the first time for me in night racing and, yes, I am looking forward to the challenge. I believe the motor will work better in the cooler conditions. My plan for the day is to give it my best and push hard from the get go.”

In the Swift Cup, Team Digicel’s ‘Woody’ is under rather less pressure, despite a very high level of competition in the 11 races run so far this year – five different drivers have already won, with a further seven placing in the top three. With 193 points, he leads Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol) by 26; Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance, 136pts) and Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries, 96pts) are the only others with a mathematical chance of taking the title.

‘Woody’ says: “Night racing for me is more challenging, due to the reflection from the floodlights and the brake lights from other competitors, along with seeing the apex of each corner; however, I still enjoy it, because it's cooler . . . and I like to be challenged. I will be bringing my A game again. My plan for the day is to try and qualify in the top three and to maintain my gap on Jason and Josh. But, whether I win or lose, the aim is to have fun and keep the sport in motorsport!”

“Bare action” at Bushy Park Off-road Karting

Launched earlier this month, Off-road Karting, the latest offering in our Driving Experiences portfolio, has been a huge hit with patrons of all ages. Cries of “bare action” echo around The Quarry, to the west of the facility, as drivers get to grips with our purpose-built track and the JK7 Rally Karts.

Off-road Karting is open for kids and adults from 12 years and above (just as long as you are 5ft tall); each of the karts is equipped with full roll cage, four-point harness and high-back rally seat, offering superb driver protection . . . and safety gear will be provided. We are currently running our Time Attack package – for just $75 (local price, $105 for tourists), you get 10 minutes of driving - whoever sets the fastest lap is the winner! Like us on Facebook for news coming shortly of some upgrades already in the pipeline . . .

Kidz Karting has taken off big time as well. Hundreds of kids have already enjoyed the experience since it was launched during the Summer Holidays, but there are still many more to come – after all, you might just have a future Lewis Hamilton in your family, so it’s worth a try sooner, rather than later. Our Biz Evo Junior Karts are speed-limited and can be remotely shut off, so it's safe and fun for kids aged 5-12 . . . after a full briefing on the ‘dos and don’ts’ by our resident instructors, the kids just don their safety gear to get a taste of speed at the wheel . . .

Team Barbados prepares for CMRC Finale in Guyana

Having emerged from the Williams Digicel International Race Meet at Bushy Park in September as top points-scorer in round three of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC), moving from fourth to second behind Trinidad & Tobago in the Country standings, Team Barbados is making ready for the final round at South Dakota in Guyana on November 12/13.

While T&T is a shoo-in to win the title it just missed out on last year, the battle for second place will go down to the wire at South Dakota with a little over 200 points separating Barbados, Jamaica and home team Guyana. In the separate Country Championship for Bikes, Guyana is already guaranteed both Country and Rider titles, although which of the Vieira cousins – Elliot, Matthew and Stephen – will come out on top for the individual crown is anyone’s guess.

Mark Maloney heads south aiming to win the Group 4 (2wd) title, with his familiar Mazda RX-3 performing better than ever before; that said, he faces T&T’s Franklyn Boodram (Renault Megane Trophy) and Peter ‘Zoom Zoom’ Rae of Jamaica in his Maxda RX-7. With a potential maximum of 75 points on offer, Maloney has all to play for.

There looks set to be good support in Groups 3 and 2 to gain Country Championship points, although final confirmation of the drivers to tour to Guyana will not come until after this Sunday’s BPMSI Handicap Races. In Group 3, the provisional contenders are Tremaine Forde-Catwell – he will drive his father ‘Cheese’ Catwell’s Datsun 1200 Turbo - Steve King (Toyota Starlet) and Kurt Thompson (Honda CRX), while former CMRC Group 2 Champions Kenrick Husbands (Starlet) and Mark Thompson (Honda Civic) are planning to return. Canada’s Kevin Graham (Yamaha YZF R6) will be the only Barbados rep on two wheels, but can be expected to deliver on a circuit he knows well.

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

• exciting upgrades are in the planning stages for our popular Driving Experiences over the next couple of months, both on-track and off-road! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to be the first to learn about the changes . . .

• in response to a growing number of requests from drivers, our next Open Track Day, scheduled for November 27
, will include a session for drifting. So, that’s another good reason to like us on Facebook, where the flyer with registration details will appear shortly . . .

• although the 2016 season is starting to wind down, there will still be plenty on offer at Bushy Park Barbados! Throughout the coming months, there’s still the chance for patrons to enjoy the Karting, Kidz Karting, Off-road Karting, Suzuki Swift and Radical SR3 Driving Experiences. For Karting, Bushy Park can tailor the activity to suit your needs – a birthday party, a corporate outing, or perhaps a Christmas Special! Talking of the Festive Season, our Christmas Vouchers will be launched shortly, and there are already some functions and parties booked in our Clubhouse and VIP facility. If you want to do something special over the holiday period, call us now to discuss it on +1(246) 537-1360 . . .

• former Barbados Karting Association (BKA) Champion Zane Maloney has continued to develop his talents this month, switching his focus from the US to Europe, as he and his family team work towards deciding the path to take in 2017. Before he competes in the world’s biggest kart event, November’s SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, he will now compete in Italy this coming weekend (October 29/30), following a successful test with leading kart racing team Ricky Flynn Motorsport. Crew Chief (and Dad!) Sean Maloney says: “He will be driving in the OKJ class which is a rocket in comparison to what he campaigns in the USA. To put the performance of the kart into perspective, our shifter karts have approx 42hp and weighs 40lbs. Zane’s kart has 40hp and weighs 310lbs! It will be a challenge for Zane, but I think he’s up to it . . . and Lewis Hamilton won at the same event back in 1999, aged 14.”

Upcoming events

October 30 – Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc Season Finale

         Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup & SR3 Cup, Summer Series final round

         Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters, Dragwarz3: NA vs Turbo vs NOS vs Electric

         Barbados Karting Association SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 9

November 20 - Barbados Karting Association SDRR Motorsport/Chefette Championship, round 10

November 27 - Open Track Day

December 11 - Open Track Day
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