A Media Conference was held on Tuesday 5th April 2011 to announce the staging of the Arima Grand Prix, carded for Sunday 24th April 2011. This is the Brainchild of the Hon. Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, and M.P. for Dabadie / O’Meara, the Hon. Anil Roberts. And this will be staged in and around the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima. The Event Chairman, Jameer Ali, has been able to pull together a cross-section of Motor Sport lovers, with the Event being coordinated by the MotorSport Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT).
The Management Committee members of the various Motor Sport affiliates of MATT will all be playing an active part in ensuring the success of the Event. Racing will see Circuit Racing Cars, Karts, Rally Cars, Moto Cross and Drag Racing, with a few specially invited drivers also coming along to enhance the Event.
The intention is to bring Motor Sport to the doorstep of the people of Arima and environs. And honoured guests are the schools with special children in the area. It is expected that racing will be run off between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm. And then the fun continues with live performances by the Malabar R.C. School Steelband, The Rock Band MAYARO, from Vistabella, and now coming up to Arima! And there will also be other top performers who will be revealed on the day of the Event.
Safety will be uppermost in the minds of the organizers, with all members of the public being accommodated on the inside of the Stadium, and they will also be kept at least 15 feet away from the fence. The entire course will see barriers being placed along the centre median.
With the Pit area for all competing Cars and Bikes being accommodated in the Car Park on the Western side of the Stadium, space is limited and so will be the number of competitors from each discipline.
Official Sponsors for the Arima Grand Prix 2011 are: ERLs Caribbean Ltd, Subway, LubeTech / Total Lubricants, Castrol, NP Marketing Co. Ltd., King Kool Ltd., Blue Mountain Water, Cell Plus Ltd., Brava International, Grands Bay Paper Products Ltd, TriniTuner.com and Zorce Racing Magazine.
Below are some photos from a practice event held in March 2011.