By Rawle Welch
Local motor racing fans will have the opportunity to see the fastest car in the Caribbean in action when the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) host the final leg of the Caribbean Motor racing Championship (CMRC) on November 24, at the South Dakota Circuit.
According to a release from the GMR&SC, Jamaica’s Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore has confirmed participation in the season ending Meet and word is that the lanky motor racer from ‘Reggae Island’ has promised to give the local fans a real treat when he competes against the best drivers in the rest of the Caribbean including Guyana’s own Kevin Jeffrey, Andrew King, Paul and Mark Vieira, Irfaan Kalamadeen, and Danny Persaud. Gore was able to set the unofficial fastest time in 2012 on a demo run of 33.3 secs, while Kevin Jeffrey and the Bush Cow holds the official Lap Record of 33.49.
All indicators show this will be the ultimate battle of a superior handling chassis of Gore with the outright must powerful car in the Caribbean of Kevin Jeffrey.
It has also been confirmed that Barbados will be sending a strong contingent headed by the Maloney clan, father Doug and son Mark and followeres of the sport would know all about the tenacity and skills that they possess so a major showdown is looming in what has been recognised as the best circuit to watch motor racing in the Caribbean. Doug Maloney was second on Grid last November and he is expected to improve on 2012 performance.
Jamaica will also have in their line-up Peter Rae, another experienced campaigner on the regional circuit and will be driving a fast Mazda RX7, Chris Campbell in a BMW, George Bailey and Gary Williams, who both will be driving Mitsubishi Evolution machines
However, certainly the buzz will no doubt be on how well the Audi TT of Gore will perform against the ever improving Mitsubishi Evolution VIII known as the “Bush Cow” of Jeffrey, while rumours have been flying that the veteran King has quietly been doing some amount of modifications to ensure that he factors in any equation that invloves the top drivers.
Mark Vieira was a non-starter at the last local Meet and no reason was given for his absence from the starting line. But with one of the top best 3 cars in the Caribbean he can easily be the under dog.
It will be an intriguing four weeks to crunch time, but what is certain is that the Guyanese contingent has begun preparations and is determined to crush the ambitions of all visiting competitiors.
Mark’s brother Paul though not being able to keep with the blazing pace that Jeffrey and King produced at the pervious Meet is always a dangerous competitor, especially for his sheer skill and while no word has emanated from his Camp about any sort of modifications being done to his machine, they must be cognizant of the fact that they will need to do something special to be able to mix it up with the ‘big’ boys.
Superbikes are expected our in their numbers and Stephen Vieira may see an upset from New Kid not the Block Nikhil Seereeram who has managed to win both the A and B class together before. Joen Neblett AKA GM dominating last local even will also be a significantt challenger.
This is Event will be in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism as over the last three years this partnership has contributed the November Event being considered a major sport tourism attraction and a National Event.
The Major Sponsors for this Event are GT&T, Seaboard Marine, Valvoline, Banks Beer and Kings Jewellery World.
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