-We come here to win-Doug Maloney
A formidable Barbados motor racing contingent including drivers and the first batch of supporters arrived Wednesday morning at around 11:30 hrs to participate in this Sunday’s Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club International Race Meeting, at the South Dakota Circuit.
The Bajans will be led by the experienced Doug Maloney, who currently leads the Caribbean Series points standing and he is expected to receive support from his sons Stuart and Mark and Stuart Williams as they seek to thwart the challenges of the rest of the field and possibly shield their advantage in the international segment.
The team interacted with the media shortly after touching down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and answered questions leading up to Sunday’s showdown against locals Andrew King, Mark Vieira and Kevin Jeffrey and the Jamaican duo of Doug Gore and David Summerbell as they battle each other for the Caribbean crown.
Doug, whose first visit to the track was as far back as 1970 said that in his opinion reliability will be the key factor for the team’s success, adding that they did some routine work back home and it’s just a matter of refitting the cars which had to be stripped for travel and ensuring that they are properly tuned and everything is working well for Sunday.
The senior Maloney said that he knows the track very well and feels that the cars will perform creditable on it providing they do not encounter any unpredictable problems.
“In this sport, you never could anticipate problems, but what we do is try to eliminate the chances of something going wrong to the best of our abilities,” he mentioned.
Doug, who also competed in three other meets at the track, the last being in 2007, admitted that it has not been a good hunting ground for him, recalling that last year he encountered engine trouble and could not leave the pit.
He, however, revealed that those performances would not haunt him come race day and was confident of maintaining his lead at the end of the Meeting.
Stuart, who trails his dad by a mere 5 points said that getting pole position was very critical to the team’s success, indicating that it helps you control the race and also keeps you away from any carnage.
Mark, positioned further down the standings disclosed that he came here to race three races and expects to do well in them. He pointed out that mathematically, the door is still open for him to win the championship and that is his plan.
“For me the door is still open to take the championship and I see no reason why we should not aim for that.”
He, however, did acknowledge that everyone had excellent machines and were very god drivers, but felt that reliability will play a crucial role.
“I also believe that it is important to get a good position on the grid, it is paramount to obtaining a podium spot.”
He boasted that they (Barbados) are going to occupy the top three positions and leave the minor spots for the Guyanese and Jamaicans.!/
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