Maloney stars but Barbados miss out
Stuart Maloney made a triumphant return to the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC), even if the same could not be said for Team Barbados.
While Maloney, a former CMRC champion, was in winners’ row at the Seaboard Marine-sponsored CMRC, held in South Dakota, Guyana, over the weekend, Guyana captured the Country Championship title for the third time in five years.
Mark Thompson had a troubled race day but won his second CMRC Group 2 title in three years –– maintaining the island’s 100 per cent record of Champions since 2010 – while former champion, Kenrick Husbands was a Group 2 race-winner and biker Terrance Ollivierre, narrowly missed his first win in Guyana.
In the day’s first CMRC race, which was hampered by several delays, Maloney, who was driving his father’s Paints Plus/Maloney Racing Audi A4 Quattro, finished seven seconds behind eventual winner, hometown boy, Kristian Jeffrey.
Maloney’s brother Mark, in the Digicel/RBC/Valvoline/Maloney Racing Mazda RX-3 was fifth.
Malone, the 2008 CMRC champion, then rebounded to win the second CMRC race which was combined with the local Group 4.
He overtook Jeffrey, the early leader in the category, but moved ahead on lap three where he stayed for the remainder of the race.
With the Country Championship points calculated by combining Group 4 and Group 2 results, Team Barbados looked strong from the outset.
Although Thompson in his Stag Beer/AutomotiveArt/Glassesco Hardware/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty Day Spa/Local Speed Honda Civic picked up his only points of the day by placing third, it was enough to ensure him the title.
Kenrick Husbands, behind the wheel of the Williams Equipment/Hilti/NP Oils/Ultra Lubricants/Big Gasses Toyota also performed commendably, winning one race and placing second in another.
Teenager Tremaine Forde-Catwell in his Daihatsu Charmant made an impressive debut for Team Barbados, finishing all three CMRC Group 2 races –– in eighth, ninth, seventh place – and crossing the line in sixth in a local Group 2 race.
Kurt Thompson, Quincy Jones, Steve King and Thompson’s brother Neil all collected valuable Country Championship points.
On two wheels, Ollivierre, who rode a Percy King Auto Spares/Belleville Auto Spares Suzuki GSX-R600 copped three second placed finishes and one third placed finish, while Devan McCartney on the Zephirin’s Bakery/Belleville Auto Spares Suzuki GSX-R600 claimed a best result of sixth.