Tuesday, April 23, 2024

BARL drivers raring to go


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The Monster Energy Handicap and 18 group races will occupy the attention of drivers in the Barbados Auto Racing League’s (BARL) Easter race meet at Bushy Park, St Philip, tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m.
The Easter race meet opens the season, thereby bringing to an end the extended preparation period given to the drivers and their crews, most of whom were not ready for the original January start of the new season.
And after weeks of practice and additional tweaking of machinery, the near 70 drivers were expected to head to the well known racing facility yesterday for official qualifying to secure grid positions for race day.
Insiders believe that the extra preparation time could contribute to tomorrow’s meet being the first where records are broken.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a leading mechanic said the guys had been waiting for so long they were chomping at the bit and raring to go.
The source added that the one-day break between official qualifying and race day would do little to daunt the spirits or enthusiasm of the competitors.
One driver catching the eye during a “test period” at Bushy Park was reigning two-wheel drive lap-record holder  Stuart Williams, driving the the Williams Equipment/ WHH Racing Hilti Lotus Elise.
Times were not available but it is felt that he should be fast enough to hold off the challenges expected from rivals in the group.


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