Ace race car driver, Mark Vieira continued his recent ascendancy with a consistent performance yesterday in the premier Group Four category of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Race Meet at the South Dakota Circuit.
Racing his RX8, Vieira battled from one race down to win the next two races in the category and thus emerged the top driver in the group yesterday. Long-standing nemesis, Andrew King had placed the top driver under pressure from the first ‘big-boys’ duel.
King won the first Group Four race from Vieira and Irfaan Kalamadeen in that order before Vieira battled back to take the second race from King and Paul Vieira, setting the stage for an intense third and final showdown among the top drivers.
However, with the momentum on his side, and his engine literally spitting fire on the improved Circuit, Vieira ensured that he ruled the roost yesterday. He took the third race ahead of Paul and Ryan Rahaman to end with two wins from his three races.
“We had some problems with the car, with the tuning and so on, but we still did well today with those circumstances. I think the competition today was very, very good. I think we are lucky to get the two wins to be honest with you,” Vieira told Kaieteur Sport in the Pit, following his wins yesterday.
He had replicated his performance from the last race meeting, which indicated some amount of consistency as the national race team gears for the second stage of the Caribbean Championships at Bushy Park, Barbados. Vieira is clearly in good form.
“You don’t ever forget how to drive, if your machine works well, then you do well. Today was a good day. My team did very well. The car is about 70% of its ability; I hope to get it to full 100% by the time we are ready for Bushy Park,” he added.
Meanwhile, a regular feature of team Guyana in the Group Four category, Kevin Jeffrey, may be out of the team for Barbados in August. Jeffrey, who competed yesterday, said that he suffered a lot of mechanical problems that are most likely to rule him out.
Jeffrey said that he blew his engine in the first race, and will not be able to put his machine back together before the tour. “If I had a sponsor maybe I would have been able to do so, but before I consider Bushy Park, I got to think about this engine,” Jeffrey said.
Sayad Hassan was also on top of his game in the Group 2B category, convincingly taking the first race in the group of the day. However, Afraz Allie turned the tables on him in the second race with Suriname’s Oliver Tyin Liep Shie taking third.
Tyin Liep Shie went one place better for second in the third and final race for the group with Hassan winning and Allie third. Chet Singh was the top driver in Group 2A, winning his three races quite comfortably on the truncated day owed to the absence of the Superbikers, who opted out of competing to support the recovery of Stephen Vieira.
Stanley Ming Jr. continued his dominance in the Go-Karts winning his three races from veteran, his father, Stanley Ming Snr. Robert Hiscock also featured on the podium in the Go-Karts. The 125cc bikes were also on show yesterday at the South Dakota Circuit. (Edison Jefford)
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