– ieira ends Graham’s reign
Jamaica’s David Summerbell picked up his fourth title in the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship as the final leg of 2009 Series culminated yesterday, at the South Dakota Circuit.
Summerbell, driving a Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer did just enough to grab the coveted crown after registering two third places and a Did Not Finish (DNF) to finish with a total of 60 points after starting the day on 48.
Guyana’s Andrew King, who commenced the day with a total of 16 points won one race and placed second twice to close on 42 which ensured that he finished ahead of Barbadian Mark Maloney, who had a miserable day with his car. Up to press time Maloney’s points were unavailable, but it was announced that King managed to forge ahead of him after his impressive showing.
As expected another Barbadian Roger Mayers totally obliterated the opposition for the first two CMRC races, before the veteran King snatched victory in the third stanza.
The talk of the day, however, was the sublime performance of the rejuvenated Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira, who brought to a screeching halt the reign of Canadian Kevin Graham, beating him convincingly in all three match-ups that kept the large crowd on their feet with some daredevil riding.
At the end of the day, Graham paid compliments to the improvement of Vieira, describing his ride as awesome and deserved to be champion rider. “He is just getting better and better and it was an outstanding achievement,” Graham said.
Vieira for his part paid tribute to Graham, recognising him as the standard bearer, who he always wanted to emulate and someday beat. He said that he came out determined yesterday to do something special in front of his home fans and was glad that he did just that.
“I would like to thank my supporters GT&T Cellink, Gizmos & Gadgets, my crew Smelly, Marcel and Maurice Menezes for their work on the bike and all the Guyanese fans who really encouraged me,” the new champion stated.
Other solid performances came from former ‘big’ bike racer Gregory Lopes, who raced unbeaten, wining all three 125cc races, Marcus Fiedtkou, who snatched two wins in the go-karts category, Barbadian Kenrick Husbands, who dominated the 2A Class and defending Group 4 (local) champion Paul Vieira, who won all three races.
Group 3 king, Ryan Rahaman also had a creditable day.
The full results will come when it is available.
Photo on server Claude as: Mayers leads: Caption- Barbadian Roger Mayers leads the pack in one of the CMRC Group 4 races yesterday.
Photo on server Claude as: Paul Vieira: Caption- Returning champion of Group 4 (local) Paul Vieira poses with the Carib girls shortly after winning one of his three races.
Photo on server Claude as: Stephen Vieira: Caption- New king of the Big Bikes Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira leads Kevin Graham en route to a victory yesterday.
Photo on server Claude as: Gregory Lopes: caption- Gregory Lopes, 125cc champion doing a lap of honour with the chequered flag after one of his victories.
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