Bailey ahead

Adrian Bailey is the new leader of the Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) champion driver title chase following the Glassesco John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet at Bushy Park, St Philip on May 6 and 7. Three wins in Group 1/Class 2, in which he has been champion for the past two years, moved him ahead of class-mate and erstwhile leader Devan McCartney, who had a weekend to forget, scoring no points.

With a total of 108, Bailey has a slender advantage of two points over Gp1/C1 leader Andre Walcott, with Derek Edwards, who is now second in Bailey’s class, third overall on 95. McCartney, who emerged from the BPMSI’s opening round in February with 75 points, has now slipped down the order to equal sixth with Mark Maloney, also falling behind Tremaine Forde-Catwell (84) and Ripley Greene (78), who lead Gp2/C2 and Gp2/C1 respectively.

Adrian Bailey (right) has moved ahead in the quest for the 2017 top driver title.

Bailey claimed his hat-trick of wins in the Peugeot 205, although he inherited the first of them when race-winner Robert Gill (Toyota Starlet) was handed a 10-second jump-start penalty. Meanwhile, McCartney (Honda CRX) had to start at the back of the grid in race one, having missed Saturday’s qualifying with a fuel pump issue. He retired on lap two, following contact, then pulled off during the day’s second race, before failing to start the third.

As was the case at BPMSI’s opening fixture of the season in March, Gp1/C1 was not fully subscribed, meaning three-time winner Walcott (Suzuki Swift) again suffered reduced points, scoring 15 for each class win (against only one competitor) compared with Bailey’s 25.

Edwards (BMW 318ti Compact) has finished lower than third in class only once in his first full season of circuit racing. That was in the first race on May 7, run in tricky damp conditions and with the Gp1/C2 field the biggest yet, including the five similar BMWs of debutante Luke Cozier, Stuart Garcia, Spencer Hutchinson, Mark Kinch and Ryan Wood. While Kinch and Wood finished ahead in that opening race, Edwards prevailed in the other two.

Kevin Wiggins (Toyota Starlet) enjoyed an unchallenged run to victory in the Hilti Handicap for cars, to give him a share of the championship lead on 25 points with Kyle King (Toyota Starlet), who won in March. Edwards and Bailey, the only two drivers to have scored points in both races, are third and fourth, with 21 and 20 points respectively. 

Source: (PR)

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