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More drifting, night events

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Drifting and Friday night events will get the attention of the Barbados Association of Dragsters and Drifters (BADD) this season.

And chairman Jason Downey told the annual general meeting at the Wildey Gymnasium Monday night that drifting was well received by the spectators last November and, given the many opportunities available this year for drivers to hone their skills, they will be seeking to put a full-fledged, stand-alone drift event on the calendar.

“I have also been asked by Bushy Park Circuit Inc (BPCI) to put on events once a month on Friday nights. These will take the format of drift or drag track days and BADD will participate in any profits from gate and bar receipts,” he added.

In addition, the chairman said, BADD’s equipment could now be kept at the track, as electricity has been provided to the start area and anyone wishing to rent the track for drag practice can now do so at a lower cost and less logistics.

He said, too, that 2017 was the best year the club since the redevelopment of Bushy Park, with spectator and competitor numbers  well above those of previous years.

“In fact, the lowest number of competitors of an event in 2017 was higher than the highest event of 2016 and we collected profits at Bushy Park once in 2016, compared with every event, even the rained out event last year”, he noted.

Downey said records were set in each event in 2017, with 11 cars running in the six and seven categories.

He congratulated new champion driver Dan Johnson in his electric Westfield for taking the top spot in 2017, and setting a new rear wheel drive record in the process.

He said a revamping of the BMF license scheme resulted in a reduction of annual license, coupled with system upgrades to the timing equipment and the acquisition of electronic scoreboards, the purchase of tents. 

Downey, who was re-elected for another two-year term, said he was glad to see that a member of the club’s drifting arm, Robert Daniel, had been elected to the committee.

Colin Goodman is the vice chairman, Elridge Grant the treasurer, Terry Harewood is the secretary and Trevor Thorpe, the public relations officer. The floor members are Anthony Mayers, Owen Benn and Robert Daniel.

Ahead of the start of the new season the club has been invited to an event in St Vincent and the Grenadines from March 3 to 4 before a Track Day a week later.

The season is due to start in earnest with Launch Control 1 on Match 18. A total of five race days are on BADD’s official calendar. (TT)

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