The Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motoring Racing Championships visits Wallerfield International Raceway in Trinidad & Tobago on Father’s Day today for an action pack filled day. More than likely spectators won’t
need the seat that they paid for because the action from all the different classes is promised to be worth the price of standing admission. The point’s leader in the CMRC and reigning CMRC Champion, Kristian Jeffrey in his Evo VIII will be there to continue his defence of the coveted title. Kristian is an accomplished racer with countless victories and championships that could easily fill a novel. He will be chased by a large field of competitors in Group 4 that includes:
Fyzool Madan (T&T), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, Hanif Abraham (T&T), Nissan Pulsar, Kristian Boodoosingh (T&T), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, Gerard Carrington (T&T), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, Peter Rae (JAM), Mazda RX7, Danny Persaud (GUY), Mazda Miata Turbo, Doug Maloney (BAR), Audi A4 Turbo, Ajmal Mustapha (T&T), Subaru Impreza, Franklyn Boodram (T&T), Renault Megane Trophy R, Rudy Beekee (T&T), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, Mark Maloney (BAR), Mazda RX-3, Gregory John (T&T), Mazda RX-7, Richard Mohammed (T&T), Mazda RX-7, Jody Ali (T&T), Subaru Impreza STi.
One of the biggest challengers for the CMRC title will be Franklyn Boodram. His career began by racing karts from age seven before becoming a 7 time T & T Circuit Champion(between 1993-2004), Triple WITCO DuMaurier Super Circuit Champion 1993-1995. He is the Son of regional legend Frankie Boodram, Franlyn picked up where his father left off. They won TTMF Father & Son Awards in 2004. He began his championship career in road racing in 1992, initially in a Nissan March, then an SCCA-spec Honda CRX. It was replaced in 1996 by a purpose-built Honda Civic, which he raced in two classes, claiming multiple victories and overall class championships before Trinidad & Tobago’s only racetrack ceased operations in 2006. When Wallerfield reopened last year, Franklyn wanted to continue his illustrious career by obtaining a Renault Megane Trophy, in which he will contest the 2015 Caribbean Motor Racing Championship.
Whereas, Group 3 will have a very competitive field lead by:
Rameez Mohammed (GUY), Toyota Starlet Turbo, Danny Persaud (GUY), Mazda Miata Turbo, Kevin Deodass (GUY), Toyota Starlet Turbo, Gary Barrett (CAY), Honda Civic Turbo, Afraz Allie (GUY), Toyota Starlet Turbo, Natasha Chang (JAM), Honda S2000 and Paul Vieira who will be contesting the race for the twin islands. Although, anyone can win any given race, one of the favourites to watch will be Paul Vieira. The veteran will no doubt entertain the home crowd with his tremendous skills and experience that he has shown throughout his successful career. He will be followed closely by Danny Persaud who will certainly try to take top honours to add to his accomplishments.
Group 2 will have the largest field of competitors that includes:
Marc Gill (T&T), Honda Civic, Mark Williams (T&T), Honda Civic, Aqueeb Ali (T&T), Honda Civic, Rainier Amar (T&T), Honda Civic, Rod Amar (T&T), Honda Insight, Shiraz Roshandin (GUY), Honda Civic, Haresh Nanan (T&T), Nissan Sentra B13, Silbourne Clarke (T&T), Honda Civic, Nizam Mohammed (T&T), Honda Civic, Kemal Rahaman (GUY), Nissan Sentra B13, Ryan Rahaman (GUY), Ford Escort MkI, Mark Thompson (BAR), Toyota Starlet, Damien Nesbit (T&T), Nissan Sentra. Ryan Peyrau (T&T), Suzuki Swift Sport. Tremaine Forde-Catwell (BAR), Daihatsu Charmant, Saleem Deen (T&T), Honda Civic, Kyle Gregg (JAM), Honda Civic, Yazid Ali (T&T), Honda Civic.
This group of drivers have favourites galore but, Kyle Gregg is expected to display his all-round skills from rallying and road racing to take top honours from the rest of the competition.
The competition will be fierce on the newly repaved track that is bound to have its share of excitement. This track is destined to be a favourite amongst many of the competitors because it allows driver’s to attain the fastest speeds of any CMRC sanctioned events. At the end of the day, there will be records broken and set. We can be assured that the championships will get tighter heading to round 3 for both individual honours and the overall country championships. Judging by the times in the practice sessions thus far, today’s races should be exhilarating and surely to send pulses into unchartered territory.
The Guyanese team is conspicuously missing the motorcycle riders. Unlike Round One in Jamaica, Fly Jamaica flew the entire Guyana Motorsports team. With lack of vital sponsorship funds, the riders and some drivers have decided to skip this event. Unfortunately, no money is coming from the government either. Motorsports is by far the most expensive sport that exists and any little funding certainly goes a long way. If there are any businesses that would like to contribute then, their generosity will certainly be welcomed. The sport brings in a lot of money to the countries involved by way of tourism. The money from the teams and spectators are re-spent back into the economy by way of accommodations, food & beverage, site-seeing, souvenirs etc…
No doubt, the riders will be missed but, by no means, the quality of the drivers’ is inferior. The team is well represented in the different classes with many podium finishes expected. Nonetheless, the spectators’ throughout the Caribbean especially at Wallerfield will be thrilled. Everyone will get to see the Best racer that the Caribbean has ever witnessed in Kristian Jeffrey. The quiet and skillful racer will unleash his technical and natural abilities around the track. He is Mr. Consistency and certainly the ‘Real Deal’. His approach is fluidic and he goes about every lap in a smooth manner that has never been seen. The Caribbean community certainly has something to rejoice by having a world class driver in the Caribbean Motoring Racing Championship. This Fathers’ Day will certainly put new meaning in T &T (Thrill & Thrill).
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