By Rawle Welch
Despite being somewhat depleted by the absence of experienced drivers such as Mark Vieira, Andrew King, Kevin Jeffrey, Vishok Persaud and Rupie Shewjattan the six-man Guyanese contingent, that will represent this nation during the second leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Association (CMRA) Meet at Wallerfield in Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow, is anticipated to do well.
With overall points’ leader Kristian Jeffrey in the line-up the local contingent that also includes Group 4 competitors Danny Persaud and Rameeze Mohamed along with Group 2 racers Shairaz Roshandin, Chet Singh and John Joseph will aim to minimise the gap or even surpass the Barbadians who lead in the quest for the country title following the completion of the first leg of the Series, at Bushy Park in Barbados.
The Bajans ended on 203 points to lead Guyana on 172, Jamaica on 151 and this weekend’s host T&T with 34.
Young Jeffrey, whose father Kevin suffered mechanical problems during the first leg in Barbados, represented the family in astonishing fashion, blazing to three wins from as many starts to lead the rest of the Caribbean drivers in the Group 4 category on 75 points.
He will have as support Persaud in his Mazda Miata and Mohamed, who drives a Toyota Starlet.
Jeffrey, who drives a Mitsubishi Evolution IX and the current lap record holder at Bushy Park is already being touted to shatter the lap record at the recently refurbished Wallerfield facility.
The Guyanese based in Canada has been doing well on the Canadian Circuit as well challenging some of the best drivers in that country so even though his experience in the Caribbean Series in limited to just one Meet reports have suggested his skills are second to none in the Region as evidenced by his dominance on debut in Barbados.
Persaud is another driver that possesses excellent skills, but being successful at this level often times comes down to the machine’s capability and reliability.
All the other drivers are extremely competent, but going up against racers with superior disposable incomes is where the difference lies.
The competitors from other parts of the Caribbean are usually supplied with adequate funding to improve the capability of their machines unlike here where a racer generally has to scratch and scrape for sufficient sponsorship.
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