Action on the track

Over 80 motor sport competitors thrill fans at Bushy Park

More than 80 competitors from across the motor sport disciplines entertained island fans at the Beacon Insurance Barbados Motoring Federation’s (BMF) club meet at Bushy Park, St Philip over the weekend.

With bikes, dragsters, karts, race and rally cars all sharing centre stage, there was something to suit every taste and track rides topped off the day for a lucky few prize-winners.

Charles Davis on the line.
Charles Davis on the line.
Bikers also were part of the exciting day's action.
Bikers also were part of the exciting day’s action.

Three of the circuit’s layouts were in use as member clubs of the BMF presented a multi-discipline festival of motor sport, including the first stage of Suzuki Rocks to select two drivers to represent Barbados in the ROC Nations Cup on the Saturday of Race Of Champions weekend December 13 and 14.

Five action-packed car races were among the many highlights of the weekend; five laps of wheel-to-wheel combat between Mark Maloney (Madza RX-3) and Stuart Williams (Lotus Elise) brought the crowds on the hill to their feet, with the outcome in doubt until the last lap, when a gearbox problem sidelined the Lotus. Maloney won Sol SuperModified 2 in the second race, too, but had to give best to his father Doug (Audi A4 quattro) in the final outing.

Stuart Maloney leading the way.
Stuart Maloney leading the way.

With limited circuit experience, an impressive Neil Corbin (Toyota Starlet) won Chefette SuperSport 1 twice, the experienced rallyist showing considerable skill in battles with multiple champion Kenrick Husbands (Starlet); Stuart Maloney claimed three victories in Chefette SS2 in his rally-bred Peugeot 306 Maxi.

After winning Crane & Equipment Modified Production 1 twice –– race two was claimed by Eric Ward (Datsun Coupe) –– Quincy Jones (Starlet) went on to win the Hilti Handicap; in Crane & Equipment MP2, Mark Thompson (Honda Civic) maintained his perfect record in Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSi) races this year with another hat-trick of wins.

Geoff Ullyett (Datsun 120Y) also claimed a clean sweep, in Williams Equipment Clubman, with Adrian Bailey (Peugeot 205), William Jones (Datsun 120Y) and Andre Walcott (Suzuki Swift) sharing the podium places.

After three of the most hotly-contested Superbike races seen at Bushy Park in recent years, honours were shared between Kris Brathwaite, Terrance Ollivierre and Devan McCartney, all aboard Suzuki GSX-R600s. It was timely practice for McCartney and Ollivierre, who will represent Barbados at South Dakota in Guyana next month.

Corey Stanford (Toyota Corolla), Sean Merritt (Peugeot 205) and Darren Lashley (Toyota Starlet Turbo) were the group winners as the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters merged a number of time brackets for the Courtesy Garage-sponsored third round of the year. A prize draw gave a number of thrilled fans the chance for passenger rides on the drag strip with Matthew “DMZ” Forde (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III) or Geoffrey Ullyett, who added a drifting demonstration into the treat on his way back to the start.

Matthew Forde roars around the circuit.
Matthew Forde roars around the circuit.

There was action aplenty in the SDRR-sponsored fifth round of the Barbados Karting Association’s Frutee Championship, with competitors racing on the north-western loop for the first time. The shorter layout is very similar to that of the Old Bushy Park kart track and kept the karters on their toes, with two races each on Saturday and Sunday.

Competition was intense in all three classes, with Joshua Maloney and cousin Zane ending the day joint top-scorers in the 270 Yamaha Class, despite a determined effort by Saviola Thomas. Nick Gill bounced back from a third-place finish in the weekend’s opening race to squeeze a narrow victory in the 310s, one point ahead of Joshua Parris, with Kyle Proverbs third. In the X30s, Tremaine Forde-Catwell won all four races, but was disqualified for being under weight twice on Saturday –– Javani Smith and Rick Kirton inherited those two wins, Smith ending the weekend top of the class from Kirton and Forde-Catwell.

Tremaine Forde-Catwell won his four kart races.
Tremaine Forde-Catwell won his four kart races.

In an exciting eight-lap Hilton BKA Handicap, the first karter to be flagged off, 301 Yamaha runner Krystal Kirton, looked set for a memorable win, only to be passed by Ricky Kirton’s X30 machine on the final lap; Saviola Thomas was third.

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