By Rawle Welch
With two legs of the Caribbean Motor Racing Association (CMRA) completed, all eyes will now turn to the Guyana leg of the series which is slated to be staged on November 16, at the South Dakota Circuit.
In anticipation of hosting a successful event, the local organisers the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club yesterday held a Press Briefing at the entity’s Headquarters on Albert Street to update the media about plans to host the Meet and to highlight the performances of the six-man team that participated in the second leg of the series which was held on Sunday, at Wallerfield Circuit in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).
In attendance at yesterday’s briefing were President of the Club John Carpenter, Vice-President Mahendra Boodhoo, Chairman of the CMRA Ray Rahaman and Team Manager Sherry Lee Gonsalves.
Carpenter in opening remarks spoke of the upcoming plans to get the local drivers and riders prepared to combat the expected challenge from the rest of the Caribbean, while he also took the opportunity to commend the Guyana team that did so well at the T&T Meet.
According to Carpenter, the local competitors will have the chance to test their machines’ readiness at the upcoming Race Meet planned by the club on September 28, referring to it as the precursor for the big showdown in November where the best drivers and riders in the Region are expected to attend.
Rahaman in his presentation spoke about the genesis of the CMRA which is a new Body that was formed in January this year specifically to improve the general standard of the sport across the Caribbean and to align every affiliated territory with the same set of rules that the Committee decided will govern the sport.
The Chairman said the four countries namely Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and T&T have done a fantastic job in settling on the rules that will govern the sport, informing that the two completed legs have gone on without any protest or challenge to the set rules.
In giving a synopsis of what took place in the two completed legs to date, Rahaman disclosed the host nation on both occasions had the most cars on the grid and this has allowed them to earn the most points on the day, but felt that Guyana on each occasion gave a good account to be just a few points shy of both T&T and Barbados.
Rahaman added that the CMRA has already gotten commitments from all the traditional participants for the November Meet, while he also confirmed that the region’s best competitors will be present as well.
In reference to Guyana, Rahaman said he expects all local drivers to turn out for the November Meet to give this country a decisive advantage as all the others have done to date so that Guyana could then head to the final leg in Jamaica with a handy lead in the standings.
Meanwhile, Guyana’s Danny Persaud, who campaigns in the Group 4 Division was voted Most Outstanding Driver in T&T and now sits second behind CMRA points’ leader and fellow Guyanese Kristian Jeffrey, while another Guyanese Canada-based Paul Vieira lies third.
Jeffrey leads with 85 points; Persaud is 11 adrift, while Vieira has 43.
In the Country standings, T&T leads on 314 followed by Barbados with 300, Guyana in third on 297 and Jamaica in the cellar on 151.
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