King assures he will be present and competitive
He is considered one of the best to ever take to the racing circuit in Guyana and even though he has been in the sport for over two decades, his enthusiasm, dexterity and sharpness of mind is second to none and has also been a thorn in the flesh of many competitors not only on the local scene, but throughout the Caribbean.
His name is Andrew King, a champion on many occasions and clearly one of the favourites to take home championship honours when the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) stages its July 8, ‘Race of Champions’ Meeting, at the South Dakota Circuit.
King speaking with Kaieteur Sport recently, when quizzed about his preparations said he will be going into next Sunday’s Meet devoid of any new development to the car despite the rule changes that were made recently.
“I raced about six weeks ago in Jamaica and is scheduled to get back the car shortly, so I will not be able to do much in the short space of time, but the machine is working well and I will be present on the grid,” King told this newspaper via telephone yesterday.
Asked whether the new rule that will see the weights being adjusted and the cars much lighter will be an advantage for him, the speedster said “it allows the ‘bigger’ cars to run with a lighter weight, but was done mainly to accommodate the cars that were bought with superior horsepower and had a distinct plus over the others.
He added that it means he will now have to reconfigure his Mazda RX7 machine at an exorbitant cost and that is something he will have to weigh down the line.
He, however, assured that he expects to be competitive and as usual is prepared to give the fans a treat when he takes the starter’s orders against the best drivers in the country.
Twenty races are carded for the day and the price of admission is adults $1500, while children and vehicles are free.
The first race is set for 08:30 hrs.
Meanwhile, Kaieteur Sport would like to extend best wishes to the Vieira family for a speedy recovery for Superbike racer Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi, who was involved in a deadly accident in Suriname on Friday where national basketball player Damian Liverpool was killed.
The newspaper is hoping that Vieira recovers quickly and well enough to resume his career as a racer very shortly.