Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Saturday racing at Bushy Park in Barbados
Published on June 30, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Fans in Barbados will be treated to a two-day feast of motor sport next weekend (July 5/6) when the Digicel Williams International Race Meet serves up nearly 18 hours of track action at the redeveloped Bushy Park Circuit.

For the first time, the opening races for each category will follow practice and qualifying on Saturday afternoon, ending with the first round of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship 2014/15.

In addition to three races each for CMRC Group 4, Group 2 and Superbikes over the weekend, the organising club, Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), will be launching its new classes, while the Barbados Rally Club Track Challenge and round two of the Barbados Karting Association's 2014 Championship make for a total of nearly 30 races and just two laps shy of 200 laps of wheel-to-wheel action.

In another innovation, there will be two Hilti-sponsored Handicap Races, one for karts immediately preceding that for cars at the end of Sunday's programme.

Interspersed with the race action, the BPMSI's timetable also includes demonstrations by bikes (at lunchtime each day) and Radical Cars (twice each day), as the organising club and the promoters, Bushy Park Circuit Inc, present a non-stop weekend of domestic and regional motor sport.

The race meet itself will follow one-and-a-half days of testing from lunchtime on Thursday, as all competitors entered for the meet are afforded the opportunity to learn the new 2.0-kilometre circuit layout; for local drivers, it will provide the chance for some vital basic testing of race cars that have not seen action since the redevelopment of Bushy Park Circuit started last August, while the regional competitors will be keen to investigate set-up options for a venue that differs significantly in layout to Guyana's South Dakota and Jamaica's Dover Raceway.

In terms of layout, Guyana's host venue is the simplest, at just 1.2kms (0.75 miles), with three fast and wide straights and six corners; the picturesque but tight Dover Raceway has 13 corners in its 2.6kms (1.6 miles), while work is currently under way to prepare a suitable configuration at the fourth venue, Wallerfield Raceway in Trinidad, which has been closed for racing since the end of 2009.

Radical changes for island motor sport

One of the highlights of the Digicel Williams International Race Meet will be demonstration runs of the exciting Radical SR3 RS, which was displayed for the first time at Sky Mall on Friday evening. Two examples of these Suzuki-powered open-topped sports cars emerged from the Bridgetown Port this week, the first of many if current plans come to fruition.

In terms of numbers, the Radical SR3 RS is the world’s most successful sports-racer, with more than 900 satisfied customers. First launched in 2002, the SR3 RS is powered by an engine developed from Suzuki's GSX-R motorcycle engine; it uses a six-speed sequential transmission and, with four-pot callipers and vented discs on each corner, the SR3 RS has awesome stopping power. The SR3 RS is also very kind to its tyres, keeping running costs down.

A comfortable twin-seat cockpit makes the SR3 RS an ideal track-day car and endurance racer, with in-built LIFE engine management and datalogging, and an advanced AiM LCD dash/multifunction display... but it is more than just a track-day machine. Successful one-make championships, such as the UK's Radical SR3 Challenge, have been running for more than a decade, while the cars also compete in many other multi-marque championships around the world, too.

Plans are in hand to introduce a one-marque series in Barbados, with three 15-lap races per event; it is hoped to launch the series next season and discussions with prospective customers are getting under way this week. Radical will manage the series, both from a technical and administrative perspective, with local support scaled up to develop the necessary infrastructure.
 
Reads: 2269





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: