The South Dakota Circuit made famous for hosting some of the most exhilarating circuit racing between some of the best racers in motor sport in Guyana and across the Caribbean will be turned into a Dragstrip today when the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) stages its International Drag Race Meet, starting from 09:00 hrs.
Just for those who will be witnessing the sport for the first time, drag racing is an acceleration contest, on a track, or dragstrip, that begins from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance. A drag racing event is a series of such two-vehicle, tournament-style eliminations. The losing racer in each contest is eliminated, and the winning racers progress until one remains.
Today, local dragsters such as Anand Ramchand, Peter and Rondell Daby, Sanjan Persaud, Danny Persaud, Sunil and Ryan Singh will match ability and machine against their neighbouring counterparts from Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago in what has already been touted as the battle for bragging rights among the three territories.
Earlier in the week when Kaieteur Sport spoke to a few competitiors, they all expressed confidence of doing well and even boasted of upstaging the foreign invasion and defending home territory.
Today, all the predictions and whether their boast will stay true will be answered when the machines come under starter’s orders in front of what is anticipated to be a sizeable home crowd.
The Surinamese are no starangers to the South Dakota Circuit and have been known to do wwell in this feature of motor racing so look for them to be Guyana’s strongest opposition, a reputation that they’ve held for sometime now.
Rondell Daby is the reigning champion, but if some of the prior predictions are to be believed then he will be hard pressed to retain his crown, while Persaud and Ramchand are no pushoevers and could have a stake in the battle for supremacy.
What is certain is that the fans will be in for a treat and the South Dakota Circuit is the venue of choice for fans of motor sport.
Additionally, race fans for the first time have the opportunity to witness the Porta Tree Timing System which is equipped with specialized starting lights that allow quarter mile speeds to be recorded.
Admission for adults is $1000, $500 children, while those under the age of 12 and vehicles are free.
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