Jan 27, 2016 Sports
The 2016 motorsports season has officially kicked off as of a few days now. If results
are any indications of what’s to come then, we are in for an exciting year ahead. The season was officially kicked off on January 21 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, USA. Kristian Boodoosingh, 19 years old out of Trinidad and Tobago, who has solidified himself as a world-class driver and certainly one of the very best drivers out of the Caribbean, competed in the 6 hours of Sebring at the famous raceway. He co-drove a 13b Mazda Miata prepped and built by David Diedrick of Mazdees Performance of Canada.
Out of the 6 hours, Boodoosingh drove about 80% of the race. He started slowly but, drove the wheels off by coming from the back and hurried his way towards the front by passing each and every car in his class and then some cars that included Porsche’s, Radicals’ etc… within an hour or so, Boodoosingh was at the top of the class by rocketing his CR Boodoosingh & Songs Ltd. Sponsored 13b rotary-powered Miata, passing the majority of cars in the 62 car field right, left, and centre by zig zagging his way into the top 10 whilst setting a class best lap time of 2:36:05 then, consistently achieving similar lap times as the race progressed.
Then, around the 1 hour and a half mark, as he was starting to mount a challenge towards the overall lead, he had to make and unscheduled pit spot after a massive vibration. The dedicated crew, Laurence Polley, Marco Jorge, Jonny Robello, Dereck Bassant along with Horatio Brown were able to get the car out of the pits and back onto the track. It was unfortunate that the
rotary-powered Miata spent about an hour in the pits to correct drive-ability issues otherwise, Boodoosingh would’ve made history by winning the R7 class and certainly would’ve made a great run to crack the top 5 overall.
Then, The Suzuki-Powered Radical SR3 RS sports racers started last weekend with dominant performances from the Maloney’s of Barbados. On any given race, the Maloney’s (Mark, Stuart, Sean) are always in the thick of things. Last years’ reigning champion in the Radical Cup is Sean and he certainly has picked up where he left off and shows no sign of slowing down. It’s too bad that the podium positions cannot be extended from the current three. Because, Radical SR3 RS sports racers series will be exciting to watch. You need not blink or you might miss a lot of the action because these racers are so quick. They are bound to set lap records and re-set lap records because these competitors will be pushing each other.
After the first day, Sean Maloney was the clear cut leader. However, ‘new-comer’ Calvin Ming was hot on the trail for the top step of the podium. The days’ action saw a ding dong battle not just between these two competitors but, amongst the majority of the entrants. Then, came day two, Calvin Ming was clearly ahead of the competition. If not for a controversial start, he would’ve claimed a hat-trick by winning the three races albeit, not by much margin but, nonetheless a win is a win.
This series will come down to the drivers and who can minimize the mistakes. That will spell success. Don’t be surprised if the title comes down to the very last weekend of action otherwise, there is a chance that one driver might run away with the overall title. The cars are relatively equal so; the title might be determined by the driving and should come down to the driver with the most skill without any luck. Rookie in the SR3 RS series, Calvin Ming has already shown that he has what it takes to claim the title but, he will have a battle from the competitors especially the Maloney’s. But, the overall winners will come from the spectators!
Both of these series will prove how valuable team work is in order for a successful season. Typically, spectators are under the belief that it’s all about the driver. But, as it’s been proven by the winners’ thus, far. They have all given credit to their respective team (crew). Without proper preparation, a lot is at stake. No driver would ever want to lose a race because their crew overlooked something that is vital for success. Every member of a crew is responsible for their specialty. This is the formula for a successful season.
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