Jeffrey, Vieira among those travelling
By Rawle Welch
Defending Caribbean champions Guyana will be going all out to ensure that they secure maximum points during the opening leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) which is slated to be staged on May 23, at Dover Raceway in Jamaica.
According to a release from the Guyana Motor racing & Sports Club, headlining the list will be last year’s runner-up Kevin Jeffrey, who will be piloting his Mitsubishi Evolution VIII machine, while in the Superbike category local champion Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira leads the quest for top honours in that division.
The other members of the touring contingent include: Gavin and Ryon Gayadin, Canada-based Paul Vieira, Hameraj Singh, Chetram Singh, Afraz Allie and John Joseph, while Maurice Menezes and Canada-based Rajendra ‘Ginger’ Ramrattan are the representatives in the Superbike category.
The delegation is by far the largest to travel for the first leg of the CMRC for sometime and is a clear indication of Guyana’s intention to come away with maximum points and head to the second leg in Barbados in a good position.
The series this year promises to be very competitive with Jamaicans ‘King’ David Summerbell Jnr. in his Mitsubishi VIII and compatriot Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore in his recently acquired Audi TT among the frontrunners to do well.
However, local champion Jeffrey in an earlier interview expressed confidence of duplicating last year’s performance, while the Barbadians as usual are expected to field a strong team.
Already, defending CMRC champion Summerbell has shown impeccable form and speed early in season, completely dominating his nemesis Gore during a recent local Meet on the island and as all the top competitors in the Region would know, he is perhaps the most consistent driver and difficult to keep out of the reckoning.
Guyana won the title last year after many years and it took some determined and daredevilry from Jeffrey, Andrew King, Paul Vieira and a few others to secure the crown at the final edition last November in Guyana.
With the recent addition of the smaller categories to the Series, Guyana stand a solid chance of doing well should drivers such as Chet and Raj Singh get an early opportunity to familiarise themselves with the demanding Dover Circuit whose layout is much more complicated that the easygoing South Dakota Circuit.
In the Superbike segment, the Jamaicans once again seems strong, but Vieira, Menezes and to a lesser extent Ramrattan should be able to at least muster some points, before the focus switches to Barbados.
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