Sebring International Raceway, Florida, USA – Caribbean motor-racing phenom, 19 years old Kristian Boodoosingh of Trinidad and Tobago competed in the PBOC 12th Annual 6 Hour race into the night at the legendary
Sebring International Raceway, Florida this past January 21, 2016. This grand prix track comprises of both asphalt and concrete and is 3.74 miles (6.02 km) in length with 17 turns. S.I.R. is famously known for its high speed ‘turn 17’ which is arguably the most challenging turn in motorsports. It is a long, fast right-hander that can fit as much as 3 cars abreast that sets up for a long very fast straight-away.
Kristian Boodoosingh teamed up with Canadian, Gary Browne in the Mazdees rotary-powered # 228 Miata of Mazdees Performance. Team Principal, David Diedrick of Mazdees Performance along with crew provided an exceptional car to contest the 6 hours of Sebring in a test of durability and reliability. The duo of Gary Browne and Kristian Boodoosingh drove their hearts out all the way to 22nd overall out of 61 entrants with 17 different classes racing simultaneously on a very challenging and technical track with very fast and long straights, several high-speed corners with very technical slower corners with minimal elevation change and little camber on a bumpy, rough surface.
The Mazdees Performance Miata is a 13b rotary-powered naturally aspirated engine built by Mazdees Performance that was paired with two exceptional drivers’ with Kristian Boodoosingh doing double duties as he had the most seat time during the 6 hours of any drivers’ because his teammate, Gary also shared a ride in a Radical with other teammates. Boodoosingh and Browne would’ve certainly won their R7 Class if it wasn’t for a few unscheduled pit stops. These issues sidelined the Mazdees Miata a few times which ultimately cost the team the title. However, the knowledgeable and experienced crew was phenomenal and worked arduously each time to get the 13b powered Miata back onto the track from pit lane but, the competition was so fierce that the time spent on the sidelines ultimately proved too much to overcome.
All entrants certainly brought their ‘A’ game and gave it all their best with # 2: Cote/Borgeat, a Canadian based team, winning the overall title in a Porsche GT3 with 142 laps completed in comparison to the 105 laps completed by Boodoosingh and Browne. The 13b rotary-powered Mazdees Miata had the fastest lap times in its class including being faster than most upper class cars, however was unable to win because the competition had fewer issues which made them stay ahead. As the race went on, the Mazdees team kept getting better and better and maintained their torrid pace as they played catch up. Towards the conclusion of the 6th hour, Boodoosingh was charging like a freight train in the dark towards moving up the standings but, ran out of time as the checkered flag waved.
Kristian Boodoosingh is an exceptional driver and is certainly one of the best from the Caribbean. He will no doubt have a very busy schedule this year. He will be entered in multiple series including the CMRC Championships and abroad, especially in North America. We wish Kristian Boodoosingh, one of the best drivers’ in the Caribbean, the very best in ‘2016 and into the future. Special congratulations to a great team effort at Sebring International Raceway! Because these endurance races can either make or break a team in the pits. The crew (David Diedrick, Laurence Polley, Marco Jorge, Jonny Robello, Dereck Bassant) was always able to minimize the time spent in the pits to get the car back into the safe hands of Browne and mostly Boodoosingh. It was an extraordinary driver and car combination that spelled success!
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