McCartney and Walcott claim BPMSI hat-tricks

Devan McCartney (Honda CRX) and Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift) each claimed a hat-trick of class wins as Bushy Park Motor Sport Inc (BPMSI) opened its 2017 Championship on March 26, while Kyle King (Toyota Starlet) overcame a 10-second jump-start penalty to win the Hilti Handicap for Cars on his circuit racing debut.

McCartney qualified on pole position for Group 1/Class 2, ahead of Derek Edwards (BMW 318ti Compact) and class champion for the past two years, Adrian Bailey (Peugeot 205), while Walcott was fastest in Gp1/C1, ahead of William Jones (Datsun B310). The two Group 1 classes ran together in the opening race, which made for some lively racing, as McCartney and Walcott, despite running in different classes, were closely-matched. Although McCartney took the overall lead on lap two, it was nip and tuck all the way, McCartney just four-tenths ahead at the flag. Lashley and Armstrong finished second and third to Walcott, after Jones retired, while Bailey eased ahead of Edwards to finish second to McCartney. Despite running with the higher Groups for the remaining races, Walcott and McCartney still prevailed, to claim class hat-tricks; Lashley was the only other finisher in Gp1/C1, as Armstrong retired from race two and failed to start race three. In Gp1/C2, Edwards finished second twice, Bailey and Ross Callender (Daihatsu Charmant) sharing the final podium places.

In the only other contested classes, Mark Thompson (Toyota Starlet) beat Ripley Greene (Toyota Corolla) twice in Gp2/C1, while Tremaine Forde-Catwell (Daihatsu Charmant) collected two wins in Gp2/C2, Andre Forde (Toyota Starlet) claiming the other. Driving the Starlet formerly raced by his father Steve, Kyle King needed to negate a 10-second jump-start penalty in the Handicap to claim the win, which he achieved a couple of laps from home, finishing ahead of Walcott and Edwards.

Records fall at BADD Launch Control round one

The Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) kicked off its 2017 Championship in fine style on March 26, when 42 drivers took the start for Launch Control, round 1 – a record for the opening round. And records tumbled on the strip, too: in front of an enthusiastic and sizeable crowd, Suleman Esuf destroyed the five-year-old record for the 1/8th-mile, but it was Dan Johnson who won the day, beating Esuf in the final of the 6-second bracket Eliminations.

Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, Esuf established the new overall (and 4wd) record at Bushy Park at a time of 6.288 seconds, more than three-tenths quicker than the previous mark (6.598s), set by Roger Mayers in his Ford Focus back in March 2012. Johnson also went faster in his electric-powered Westfield Megawatt, his time of 6.583s establishing a new 2wd (and rwd) record, beating his previous record of 6.626s, set last October. In a clean sweep on the day, Kevin Griffith set a new front-wheel-drive record in his Suzuki Swift, too, stopping the clocks at 8.194s.

Johnson was the only one of the three record-setters to also win his bracket (6.0s), however. The other winners were: 10–12s, Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift); 9.5–10s, Nicholas Pinto (Mitsubishi Colt); 9.0–9.5s, Rommel Alleyne (Toyota Corolla); 8.5–9.0s, Antonio Holder (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III); 8.0–8.5, Teague James (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI); 7.5-8.0s, Damien Riley (Nissan Sunny); 7.0–7.5s, Jamal Batson (Mitsubishi Mirage).

BADD Chairman Jason Downey said: “That was a great way to start our season. Not only did we have a record number of competitors, but it was a very high quality field. To see records broken is always good, as it encourages people to come back and try again . . . and the 6-second bracket final between Dan and Sol really brought the house down; the crowd response was deafening.”

Elcock and Vanderpool share BCU race wins

Elite cyclists Russell Elcock and Gregory Vanderpool shared the overall victories when the Barbados Cycling Union (BCU) joined forces with Bushy Park Motor Sport Inc (BPMSI) and the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) on March 26 to stage the island’s first-ever combined event for horsepower and pedal-power. Nearly 30 BCU members competed in six classes, accommodating a wide range of age and experience.

Following a Circuit Acclimatisation Session, two 20-minute races (one each clockwise and counter-clockwise) were slotted in to the motor sport programme, Ross Callendar and Mark Thompson competing on both two and four wheels for the first time in the same day. Elcock and Vanderpool took one Category 1 win each, finishing second in the other, with Junior Proverbs and Darwin Griffith sharing the final podium places. The same applied to Category 4, David Cossey and Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup race-winner Jason Parkinson swapping first and second places, with Mark Haynes and Raymond Brathwaite filling the podium slots.

In the Juniors, Dillon Gray led Dominic Howard and Kyle Gill to the line in race 1, with Gill beating Gray and Chayne Goodman in race two. Adam Marshall led Liam Bain home in both Tiny Mites races, Marissa Bradshaw beat Amy Cox both times in the Ladies, while Ronald Harding’s two Masters wins were achieved over Sedwin Jones and Reggie Jones.

At the end of the day, BCU President Charles Lynch said: “Using the circuit today, we were able to see that we can successfully host a circuit series that will entail several courses of different lengths. We will certainly be back at Bushy Park, I believe to the delight of all our cyclists, as there was a encouraging buzz of excitement around racing in this location, possibly to include fixed-gear bikes.”

Father and son on podium at BFIT Duathlon

Oein Josiah won the male road bike event at the Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) first Bushy Park Duathlon on March 19, with father Orin joining him on the podium in third. He completed the course (4km run, 16km bike, 2km run) in a time of 47m 56.64s, leading home Stuart Maloney (55:37.18) and Orin (56:23.32). Amy Cox (58:53.55) won the female race from Dominique Marshall (1h 01m 40.82s) and Jen Wosminity (1:03:17.70).

In the mountain bike category (4km run, 14km bike, 2km run), Jerome Blackett (56:23.17), Tristan Gibbs (1:01:16.00) and Cyril Lecrenay (1:04:36.72) were the top three in the men’s event, while Kristine Choy (1:14.36.48) took the title in the female event, as the only competitor.

Happy with the outcome, BFIT’s Darren Treasure said: “We hosted the event with the idea of catering to numerous different age groups and people of different athletic ability. The course was ideal for such an event, being free from traffic and self-contained. The draft-legal bike course was smooth and fast, despite the constant easterly winds, and the run course was straight-forward, with one challenge being a short steep hill.”

Approaching 50 competitors participated in the Duathlon, a run-bike-run event, with two categories - Mountain Bike and Road Bike – each divided into classes for male and female, adult and youth, further divided into eight age groups. Trophies were awarded to the top three finishers overall, with corporate giveaways from multiple sponsors awarded to age group winners at the Prize-giving. The competitors’ age groups ranged from under-13 up to 60-69, with shorter courses for the Juniors.

Honourable mention goes to Canadian elite triathlete Karsten Madsen, who completed the course in a blazing time of 44:53.82, but did not race for awards. Madsen is currently in the island preparing for the Bridgetown CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup to be contested on Spring Garden Highway on April 23.

Second hat-trick for Bradshaw at BKA round two

Colin Bradshaw claimed his second hat-trick of Easykart 60cc Cadet Class wins at the second round of the Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Championship on a hot and sunny March 5. Race results reflected qualifying, as Bradshaw led Daniel Ullyett – on the class podium for the second time this year – and Jayden Thompson home in all three races, with Sophia Simpson fourth each time.

Reigning BKA Champion Driver Christian Hinds was also a hat-trick winner, shutting out his opponents in the X30 class, beating Calvin Bartlett home in race one. Joshua Maloney then gave Hinds all he could handle in the remaining two races, but Hinds beat him to the finish line by just over one tenth of second each time. Maloney, who had claimed a hat-trick in February, finished fourth for the day, as he was unable to start the first race, so scored no points.

Kyffin Simpson came out on top in Easykart Juniors, the day’s best-supported class, with nine starters. He won two of the three races, the first contest having been won by Charlie Kerridge, whose second- and third-place finishes in the other two outings placed him second on the podium. Despite a dnf, two second places were enough for Adam Mallalieu to hold off Calem Maloney (sixth, fourth, third) and Graham Bradshaw (two fourths and a fifth) for third place.

In Easykart Seniors Light, pole starter Sacha Soodeen and Q2 Stuart Maloney battled for top spot, sharing the wins – or following the other home - in the first two races, with Maloney’s victory in race three settling the contest. Joshua Maloney and Benjamin Moore shared the other podium finishes. Former BKA Champion Nick Gill beat out Mark Thompson in two out of three Easykart Senior Masters encounters.

Euro Championships next stop for Zane Maloney

Former BKA Champion Zane Maloney’s overseas campaign will kick in to high gear on April 19 at the opening round of the CIK-FIA European Championships at Sarno in Italy. Over the following 12 weeks, he will travel to Circuit Alonso (Spain), Le Mans (France), Alaharma (Finland) and Kristianstad (Sweden), racing in the OK-Junior category with Ricky Flynn Motorsport (RFM).

So far, Maloney has competed primarily in World Series of Karting (WSK) events in Italy, a series contested by many of the best young karters in the world who aspire to a career as race-car drivers. Along with developing his driving technique and race craft, Maloney is learning a growing number of European tracks, having raced at Adria, Castelletto, Garda and La Conca in Italy, and will add Sarno to the list at a WSK event before the first European round.

Although he has not been able to attend every race, father Sean has been following progress closely: “There is much to racing in Europe that a driver can only learn over time and with experience; there are many tricks of the trade that his fellow competitors would be well aware of through many years of competition, that Zane is now learning, sometimes the hard way. He has shown that he has the pace to run with these guys, consistently one of the top five fastest, but now needs to learn how to use the pace effectively to achieve top results both in qualifying and racing.”

Keen to give back to the sport, he recently visited Wesley Hall Primary School to talk to pupils about pursuing non-traditional sports and the commitment and resolve that it requires. His father said: “This was very rewarding both for the students as well as for Zane, who recognizes that what he has to offer is so much bigger than a kart race result. His sponsors Sol, Bushy Park Barbados and Rock Hard Cement, are also keen to support this endeavour with resources and a venue to enable him to help others.”

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

• two drivers who gained some of their early experience of sports car racing in the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup at Bushy Park are expanding their horizons: shortly after it was confirmed that double Caribbean Motor Racing Champion, Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey, will be racing for the Radical works team in the UK and Europe this year came the announcement that British teenager Jack Manchester, who made his circuit racing debut at Radical International in 2016, will compete in the Audi Sport TT Cup, which supports the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). A field of 24 centrally-prepared cars creates a level playing field, allowing the talent of the young drivers to shine through . . .

• work has continued apace in the installation of Bushy Park’s new full-arena lighting with excavation of the trenches necessary to link the lighting towers together now complete. Phase two will soon be under way, with the electrics to be installed and the lighting poles to follow shortly . . .

• Chefette Restaurant’s on-going programme of youth activities included two school tours during March, a total of more than 100 pupils introduced the history of Bushy Park, also what we are doing today. In addition to an escorted tour of the facility, there was the chance to enjoy our Karting Experience, as the two groups switched places during the visits. If you are a parent or teacher wanting to arrange a visit by your school, we welcome School Tours on weekdays. Please call 537-1360 to make arrangements . . .

Upcoming events

April 2 – BKA SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Championship, round 3

April 29 – Open Track Day

May 6/7 – John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet

         BPMSI Championship, round 2

         Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup, round 1

May 21 – BKA SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Championship, round 4
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