Thursday, April 18, 2024

Mark Maloney back for third leg of CMRC

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MARK MALONEY’S hugely popular Mazda RX-3 is back up and raring to go for Sunday’s Barbados leg of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) at Bushy Park.

Maloney, who is the Executive Chairman of Bushy Park Circuit Inc. (BPCi), refused to be drawn into the controversy surrounding that entity and the Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL), saying he was only focused at this time on the CMRC.

Maloney and his crew missed the Trinidad leg of the championships due to mechanical issues but got the car together in time for the championships. He told Nation Online that he has set the bar high and expects a lot from himself, from his team and from the machinery.

“I am looking forward to this weekend. We didn’t get to compete in the second leg of the CMRC in Trinidad and now for round two we managed to get the engine in the car night before last. You may ask why these things wait till the last minute but it takes a lot of work to prepare a race build engine; they’re lots of different parts coming from different suppliers. So the team here was working assiduously to get everything together,” said Maloney.

His team only got the engine in on Wednesday night but Maloney got a chance to finally take his ride for a spin around Bushy Park late Thursday evening, much to the delight of the small crowd of car racing enthusiasts present. He noted that the car feels awesome.

“The car is a lot lighter than it was before, so it is more nimble; so under braking, it can brake later and coming out of the corner, the car feels lighter and it feels more energetic,” said Maloney.

Large contingents from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago will be at Bushy Park while Jamaica’s David Summerbell will only compete in the Suzuki Challenge Series. Many of the Jamaican drivers opted out of this leg because there was a race meet held at that country’s Dover Race Track a few weeks ago and their cars were not going to be ready to race here.

“There is a tremendous contingent from Trinidad and Guyana. Unfortunately David Summerbell didn’t get his car fixed in time to get here. He just wasn’t confident enough that he would stand a chance if he brought the car in the condition that it was in. So it was unfortunate that we didn’t get that line up from Jamaica but we have a big line up from Trinidad, Cayman and Guyana,” said Maloney.

In all, there are 93 entries for the event. Following Saturday’s scrutineering and qualifying, racing will begin on Sunday from 9 a.m.

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