Ba­jans seek­ing to pre­serve rank­ing at South Dakota

Stabroek News - - STARBROEK SPORT -

Dare­dev­ils from Bar­ba­dos have in­vaded the shores of the 592 on a quest to pre­serve their rank­ing at the Ig­nite race meet this week­end at the South Dakota Cir­cuit, Timehri.

Reign­ing Group 4 and Group 2 cham­pi­ons, Mark Maloney and Mark Thomp­son along with the rest of the Ba­jan out­fit, ar­rived in Guyana yes­ter­day for the fi­nal round of the 2018 Se­aboard Marine Caribbean Mo­tor Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (CMRC) which speeds off to­mor­row and con­cludes on Sun­day.

Team Bar­ba­dos moved from fourth to sec­ond in the coun­try stand­ings with 618 points but there is no chance of catch­ing Trinidad & Tobago which has amassed 1,299 points.

The speed demons from the Twin Is­land Repub­lic are a shoo-in to lift their third con­sec­u­tive ti­tle, while the Ba­jans have a re­al­is­tic chance of stay­ing sec­ond, ahead of Ja­maica (526).

Bar­ba­dos also ar­rived here for last year’s fi­nal in sec­ond place but Guyana leapfrogged their to­tal to fin­ish as run­ners up to T&T by just three points.

The lo­cals cur­rently sit­ting in fourth place, will again aim to build on their cur­rent to­tal, but Bar­ba­dos has a sig­nif­i­cantly higher cush­ion in the stand­ings this time around, with an ad­van­tage of 422 points over the host na­tion, com­pared with 274 last year, while Ja­maica will not be field­ing a strong team.

Maloney will com­pete in Group (Gp) 4 where he is cur­rently in fourth place; 52 points off leader, Guyana’s Mark Vieira (RX-8), while four-time ti­tle win­ner Thomp­son will race in Gp2, ac­com­pa­nied by brother Kurt, who won the Gp2 crown in 2013.

The GP4 bat­tle will be one to watch this week­end with Vieira’s coun­try­man and GP4 AWD de­fend­ing cham­pion An­drew King (RX-7) sec­ond and Quinian Lall (Mazda Mi­ata) of Team CAMS third. These driv­ers will be joined by 2014 & ’15 cham­pion Kristian Jef­frey.

Vieira was the high­est points-scorer of the day at South Dakota last year; Maloney won the open­ing race but failed to fin­ish the sec­ond out­ing when his en­gine’s kill switch mal­func­tioned be­fore fin­ish­ing sec­ond in race three.

This week­end’s 27race pro­gramme also fea­tures the fi­nal round of the Rad­i­cal Caribbean SR3 Cup, along­side the GMR&SC’s Na­tional Classes.

Lead­ing the much buzzed about Rad­i­cal cup is Mark Maloney’s brother, Stu­art of Bar­ba­dos but he will face tough op­po­si­tion from sea­soned Guyanese cam­paign­ers Calvin Ming and Jef­frey who both missed the en­tire sea­son cam­paign­ing on the North Amer­i­can and Euro­pean cir­cuits.

CMRC Group 4 2wd de­fend­ing cham­pion Mark Maloney in his RX3.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Guyana

© PressReader. All rights reserved.