Dragsters hitting the road on Saturday

Street-legal vehicles only for “The Rematch” of the Barbados Association of Dragsters Association (BADD) at Thicketts, St Philip on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.

That’s the new rule for all motor sport events from this year and added to the guidelines for the operation of motor-sport in Barbados.

And co-ordinator of the event Michael “Chubb” Carters said during a presentation ceremony at Courtesy Garage last night and attended by company officials and the media that the event; a Quarter Mile Acceleration Test and the reduction in the number of competitors was as a result of the new rule.

“It is a move by the sports governing body, the Barbados Motoring Federation aimed at raising strengthening safety in the sport and I believe that the entry list of nearly 50 cars is a direct result of this new rule, as many competitors have cars that were built for racing only and not road legal, and are taken to the various events on trailer and the rule left them scrambling to get the necessary paperwork and insurance in place in time for the rematch,” Carter noted.

However, among the drivers are Roger “His Hotness” Mayers at the wheel of the WR Ford Focus WRC who seems set for a head-to-head battle with champion Sulieman “Sol” Esuf in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX who posted a time of 10.189 seconds driving last year.

Another driver to watch on Saturday will be Sammy Cumberbatch in a BMW M3 who is back after a two year lay-off and rookie Kerwin “Pickers” Scantlebury in a specially prepared Honda Del Sol.

Courtesy Garage’s Goodyear tyres manager Mark Wilson in handing over the sponsors cheque on behalf of the auto-dealer as well as Courtesy Rentals and Tropical Batteries, said that the company had been in the sport from its inception and they had seen it grow and hinted that the new season seemed to have all the ingredients of be a keenly contested one.

“We are pleased with the way things have been going and as sponsors we will once again have prizes and surprises for racing fans and the public at large. We are expecting to see some of the fastest cars and cycles in Barbados in good competition,” Wilson added.

In addition, it is expected that Kelvin “Bird” Daniel riding the Bajan Motors Kawasaki 1000 could find himself under severe pressure to hold on to his record 10.53 seconds as Learie Carasco on a BMW S1000RR, Devon McCarthy on a Honda 1000RR, Terrence Ollivierre on a GSX R600 are down to face the starter.

The mandatory driver’s briefing meeting came off tonight at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium at 7 p.m. while scrutineering will take place between 12 noon and 2 p.m. before the event. (TT)

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