– Thompson, Matthew and Elliott Vieira also impress
Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey did what even his father Kevin could not do that is win a Caribbean Championship after producing a stirring performance in front of over 15,000 local fans yesterday as the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship came to an end, at the South Dakota Circuit.
Jeffrey, who started the day in the lead in the Group 4 category strormed to two wins and a third place, but it was the manner in which he did that was pleasing to watch.
Also in terrific form was the new King of the Superbike Division young Nikhil Seereeram, who raced to two wins and a second place which allowed him to wrap up the champion rider title, while two other members of the upcoming brigade Matthew Vieira and Elliott Vieira secured first places as well.
Barbados’ Kurt Thompson ruled the Group 2 category, while Kenrick Husbands and Shairaz Roshandin copped a win each.
Guyana’s Kevin Jeffrey crashed out in the first race of the CMRC Group 4 event, while Andrew King and Mark Vieira along with Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr suffered mechanical issues that limited their presence on the track.
Jamaica’s Peter Rae was involved in a crash that took out the senior Jeffrey and himself, while Ryan Rahaman suffered a similar fate that ended his day as well.
The first CMRC Group 4 event had to be abandoned due to a spate of accidents that left the track littered with debris, but when the fastest cars in the Caribbean took to the grid a second time, young Jeffrey and Barbados’ Stuart Maloney fought to the very end, before the former made his move on the back straights and pulled away for the win.
In the second stanza, Maloney and Jeffrey along with Trinidad and Tobago’s Gerald Carrington thrilled the fans with some fantastic driving as they stalked each other bumper to bumper, before Maloney streaked away leaving Carrington and Jeffrey in that order.
His win set up the tie breaker and it was the young Jeffrey, who wanted it more after trailing Maloney for most of the race.
Jeffrey and the experienced Barbadian entered the Clubhouse turn neck a neck on Lap 8, but it was the young driver who held his nerve as they fought gallantly off the turn for the lead. The battle ended with Maloney running off the track into the sand to erase his chances of a podium spot. Carrington tried to attack, but Jeffrey held on to win comfortably in the end.
There were other impressive performances, but up to press time the full details were not available.
Kaieteur Sport will publish the entire results in a subsequent issue.
Meanwhile, Kaieteur Sport speaking with Kristian Jeffrey about his performance in his debut season, the new Caribbean champion said that, “It’s phenomenal, I didn’t really expect it, I got to give all the praises to my team, the guys have been working everyday all day. I also need to thank Stag for coming onboard with me the support they gave me for this race meet was unreal.”
Kevin Jeffrey was also proud of his son’s performance, “I’m really proud of him, I was chasing the championship for a while, but now I can live it through him and hopefully this starts a new era.”
Jeffrey along with Mark Vieira will now have a chance to put Guyana’s motor racing on the map when they participate in the champion of champions in December.
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