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Thompson is Seaboard Group 2 champ


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“I am feeling on top of the world.”
That was the response from newly crowned Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship Group 2 driver Mark Thompson.
Driving the Stag Beer/Glassesco/Seaboard Marine/Champion Spark Plugs Toyota Starlet, Thompson made a clean sweep of the three races allotted to the group at the recently held Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Car Club’s (GMRC), international event, featuring round three of the Seaboard Marine CMRC.
Thompson, with 107 points was ahead of Jamaica’s Sebastien Rae, the Jamaica Race Drivers Club 2012 Champion, who picked up 81 points in his Walkerswood-sponsored Mitsubishi Mirage. Rae was making his Guyana debut.
Thompson, who started from “pole” in the opening race, said it was a better event when compared with previous years in Guyana, but it was not all plain sailing for him.
“I had butterflies in my stomach in the second race, but the feeling wore away after the race got started, but it was easier in the third race,” he explained.
According to the new Group 2 champion driver, the Barbadians were fast this year, but not as fast as in previous years.
Thompson admitted that the top class group was not as star-studded for the Barbadians, like in previous years, but the Guyanese grabbed the opportunity to make their presence felt.
Mark Vieira, Kevin Jeffrey and Andrew King were the pick of the homesters, but could not prevent Jamaica’s David Summerbell (Jr) from taking the driver’s title for the fifth time, with 61 points, grabbing it from Barbadian Roger “His Hotness” Mayers who won it last year, but missed this year’s action and ended with 30 points. Rae was second with 46, and Vierra finished fourth with 28 points.
In the motor cycle category, Barbados’ Terrence Ollivierre, down on power, gave a good account of himself and
is being seen as a rider for the future.
Jamaica won the 2012 Seaboard Marine-sponsored Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) Country title with 137 points, followed by a resurgent Guyana, who finished second with 88, followed by Barbados on 74 and Cayman Islands 37.


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