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Thriller in the making


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Stuart Williams is set on retaining his track record.
Roger Mayers has his sights fixed on regaining it.
And David Summerbell Jr is looking to extend his lead in the driver’s point standings.
By the look of things, next month’s second round of the Digicel/Williams Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) is gearing up to be one of the most exciting meets of the year.
The event, which is being hosted by the Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL), comes off on September 2 at Bushy Park and will see over 70 cars competing in 25 races.
For the first time, drivers from the Cayman Islands will be competing, and they will be joined by drivers from Guyana and Jamiaca, as they seek to dethrone defending champions, Barbados, who copped both the driver and country titles last year.
This was revealed during a Press conference at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex yesterday at which it was also disclosed that for the first time at Bushy Park, motorbike racing would also be included, with six of Guyana’s best superbike riders slated to compete.
The five-man home team of Williams, Mayers, Doug and Mark Maloney and Steve King will have a lot of catching up to do, as they trail the Summerbell Jr-led Jamaicans by over 50 points in the country standings.
Jamaica also occupy the top three spots in the drivers’ standings: Summerbell Jr, Peter Rae and Andre Anderson, respectively.
Mayers, the reigning CMRC champion, was at the briefing and said that along with trying to help Barbados to move up in the standings, he would also be trying to recapture the lap record which he held for five years.
“I will be aiming to get back the lap record at Bushy Park, even if I don’t finish the race. That is one of my main goals of the event.
“Since Stuart [Williams] broke my record, I haven’t been able to sleep, and I am hungry to race having not raced for the year,” Mayers said, adding that this would be one of the most competitive and entertaining racing events of the year.
The event will get underway from today at 4 p.m., when the CMRC hosts a meet the drivers promo at Mall Internationale, Haggatt Hall, which will afford racing enthusiasts the chance to meet some of their favourite drivers.


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