Esuf claims SR3 title at Radical International

Suleman Esuf crowned his first full season of circuit racing at Bushy Park Barbados as Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup Champion at Radical International 2017 (January 28/29). He finished third in the Winter Cup behind Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey and the Reigning SR3 Cup Champion Sean Maloney, while Maloney this year finished third in the overall title chase, behind his brother Stuart.

Having won the Summer Series title by 30 points, Esuf had started with a healthy margin in the final run in to the title chase, but it was nevertheless a challenging weekend for the family team. With six races over two days, there was pressure not only on drivers but also support crews, Esuf’s weekend starting badly with a throttle cable failure on the first lap of Saturday Practice. In Qualifying, he claimed pole position on his final lap, then logged up two second-place finishes and a fourth to keep his Championship inspirations on track. Sunday was not so good, Q9, then retirement in the first race after an accident at the Hammer, which left Esuf’s car severely damaged. A determined victory in Race 2 put Esuf back on track, accumulating sufficient points for the overall title, despite finishing seventh in the final race.

Jeffrey, already a multiple race-winner at Bushy Park in the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship, claimed two race wins each day to win the Winter Cup title, in six 15-lap races which showcased some close-fought competition. Fastest laps were shared by four drivers, Mark Maloney with three, British visitor Brian Caudwell, Sean Maloney – he won the second race on Saturday - and David Simpson.

Wood wins Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup

Ryan Wood (Team Digicel) is the new Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup Champion, after finishing second in the Winter Cup at Bushy Park Barbados last weekend (January 28/29) to last year’s Champion, Ryan Peyrau of Trinidad & Tobago. Having won the Summer Series title by 33 points, ‘Woody’ started with a healthy margin in the final run in to the title chase, but was put to the test by the returning Peyrau (Team Simpson Finance).

Pole position, three race wins and two fastest laps on the Saturday of Radical International weekend put Peyrau in the driver’s seat to win the Winter Cup, but he could not challenge Wood for the overall title, having missed all but two rounds of the Summer Series. The points-leader’s two closest challengers were Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol) and Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance), who qualified sixth and eighth respectively; Parkinson finished behind Wood in all three of Saturday’s races, while Read beat him only once, although he would finish third behind Peyrau and Wood in the Winter Cup.

On Sunday, Peyrau looked set to repeat his dominance of the previous day, claiming pole once again, then winning the opening race and claiming the fastest lap. But that would be his last victory of the weekend. Wood came to the fore in the action-packed second race, forging through from the rear of the reversed grid to win, chased home by impressive newcomer to the Swift Cup, Norman Catwell (Team ICBL), who also claimed his second fastest lap of the weekend. Wood (with fastest lap) and Peyrau were first and second in the final race, with Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) capping a solid weekend’s performance with third place.

Sol Rally Barbados ‘Rally Central’ at Bushy Park

As part of a major revamp of the structure of Sol Rally Barbados, the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) has confirmed the outline details of a new spectator-focussed Rally Show, a revised format for Scrutineering and a change of location for ‘Rally Central’, the secure facility and workshop that plays host to the majority of visiting crews.

In light of the impending sale of the former Banks Brewery building at Wildey, where it has been for the past four years, ‘Rally Central’ will now be located in the Pits at Bushy Park Barbados. Sol RB Chairman Mark Hamilton explains: “Sourcing a location large enough to house the number of overseas cars, along with spare parts, tyres and associated equipment is no easy task. The Banks building has served us very well in recent years, as it was spacious enough to comfortably accommodate the steady growth in the overseas entry over that period.

“We have always been aware, however, that it would one day cease to be available, and that day has come. Our new arrangement with Bushy Park Barbados provides us with an enhanced package, as we can now offer track time for testing, without teams needing to decamp to a separate location. All the previous components of the Rally Central package – the office, 24-hour security, storage and washrooms – remain in place.”

As the BRC celebrates its 60th Anniversary, Sol RB17 will run from Friday to Sunday, June 2-4, with Flow King of the Hill, on which the seeding for the main event is based, the previous Sunday (May 28). Since entries opened on October 1 on the official web site,, more than 50 have been posted, almost three-quarters of the total from overseas.

Zane Maloney wins National Sports Council Award

Congratulations to Zane Maloney, who was presented with a Youth Award at the 34th Annual National Sports Council Awards at the Frank Collymore Hall on January 14th. The award capped an exciting 12 months for the former Barbados Karting Association (BKA) Champion, as he tackled his first full season of competition away from the ‘comfort zone’ of Bushy Park Barbados.

He approached his learning season with commitment and determination, enjoying considerable success along the way, including winning the ‘Hard Charger Award’ in the Mini Swift Final at the SuperKarts USA! SuperNationals 20 in November, where 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.

Thirteen-year-old Zane’s motor racing journey continues in 2017, with a switch of emphasis to Europe, where he will race for the well-respected Ricky Flynn Motorsport outfit alongside team-mates from Australia, Czechoslovakia, Germany and the UK. The season began last weekend (January 26-29) with the WSK Champions Cup at the Adria Karting Raceway in northern Italy, pitting his skills against around 200 international kart-racers.

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

• on a mid-January Saturday, McEnearney Quality Inc took over Bushy Park for a MINI driving day, which was a big success. Existing and potential customers were invited to test drive various models from the MINI range on the full International Circuit . . .

• Barbados is a popular holiday destination for many folk from the UK circuit racing fraternity, with Bushy Park always on the ‘bucket list’ for those who have not visited since the facility was redeveloped. The past couple of weeks have seen former British Touring Car Championship competitors Lionel Abbott and Alan Curnow (along with his son Ross, who finished third in the single-seater Formula BMW Championship in 2006) on site. Abbott said: “I loved Bushy Park - what a great facility, that has a freshness about it. Having done a few laps in a Suzuki Swift, you soon start to explore where time can be gained; both the Hammer and Shak Shak reward carrying speed into them smoothly, with late turn-ins and late apexes. An element that demands discipline at Bushy Park is proper kerbing that can’t be abused, unlike the UK, where abuse has been promoted by drivers riding them for a quick time. Bring back proper unforgiving kerbing!”

• fancy racing a kart, but not sure whether you’re up to it? We can help there, with our one-on-one coaching sessions in the Bushy Park Easykarts. Why not sign up for an hour of tuition to see whether you have got what it takes? You can choose between three classes of kart, the price in each case including kart rental (any damage would be extra) and coaching by one of our experienced instructors: 60cc kart $500, 100cc kart $600 and 125cc kart $700 . . .

• don’t forget, 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 for an escorted tour of the facility, the chance to learn something about the history of Bushy Park, also what we are doing today. There’s no better way to get a feel for what we do than our Karting Experience, we can arrange that, too . .

• are you looking for a safe and controlled environment to test your race car or rally machine? Or perhaps just fine-tune the latest mods to your road car? Well, head for St Philip, where Bushy Park is available by the hour for just $300 per car . . .

Upcoming events

February 12 – BKA SDRR Motorsports/Chefette Championship, round 1

February 19 – Open Track Day

February 26 – Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc Championship, round 1
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