SeaBoard Marine CMRC Round 2 2015 – Wallerfield, Trinidad

SeaBoard Marine CMRC Round 2 2015 – Wallerfield, Trinidad

Wallerfield hosts Seaboard Marine CMRC thriller…

Honours were shared at the Wallerfield Raceway over the weekend (June 20/21) when the Trinidad & Tobago Automobile Sports Association (TTASA) hosted round two of the 2015 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship. There were eight different winners in the nine CMRC races, while TTASA deserves great credit for completing its programme, as intermittent “monsoon” conditions caused a number of delays.

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Just as first-round host Jamaica started the season leading the CMRC Country Championship, so T&T’s Team Tigers has now shifted the balance; with an impressive 367 points scored over the weekend – approaching 50 per cent of the total points awarded – T&T now heads towards Barbados in September with almost 80 points in hand over Guyana, while Jamaica has slipped to third. The Cayman Islands and Barbados are fourth and fifth.

Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) claimed pole position in Saturday Qualifying with a time of 40.256 seconds, the reigning CMRC Champion one of three drivers to dip below the lap record of 41.693s set last August by Holland’s Franz Verschuur in Franklyn Boodram’s Renault Megane Trophy. Local Evo drivers Kristian Boodoosingh (41.183s) and Gerard Carrington (41.651s) were second and third, with Jamaica’s Peter Rae (Mazda RX-7) fourth and fastest 2wd (43.108s).

When the Group 4 field assembled for the first time – around two hours late, thanks to the weather – the first rolling start was abandoned under another sudden heavy shower. It passed quickly, however, and the 12-lap race got under way in very wet conditions, although the wide tyres of the Gp4 racers soon started to create a dry line.

Jeffrey led into Turn 1, with Boodoosingh and Carrington close behind, the former briefly snatching the lead on lap one; while Carrington dropped back, the two Kristians were neck and neck: turn after turn Boodoosingh would nose alongside then, as the track dried out, each tried to force the other on to the damp to gain advantage. In one of the best CMRC races in a long time, the youngsters displayed skill beyond their years, especially when lapping the back-markers, Jeffrey winning by just three-tenths.

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Carrington was third, ahead of Doug Maloney (Barbados, Audi A4 quattro), who had been working hard to fend off Guyana’s Danny Persaud (Mazda Miata); although he lost out to Persaud, the Guyanese spun, dropping behind Maloney and T&T’s Jody Ali (Subaru Impreza STi) by the finish.

In Race 2, Jeffrey again led at the end of lap one, but Boodoosingh was not to be denied again, moving to the front on the second tour and staying there. Rain came again shortly after he took the lead, slowing many drivers in the second half of the field, Boodoosingh, Jeffrey and Carrington lapping them before half-distance. Jeffrey dropped back, his Evo giving problems, which helped Carrington to second place. Only Maloney finished on the same lap as the Evo trio, all four having lapped fifth-placed Rae on the penultimate lap. Persaud was sixth again.

Shortly after 6.00pm, with track now almost completely dry, nine of the original 12 Gp4 cars lined up for Race 3. Carrington judged the rolling start best, chased by Jeffrey and Boodoosingh. Rae and Maloney soon retired, so all eyes were on the Evos . . . and they did not disappoint. Jeffrey snatched the lead on the third lap when Carrington got a little loose in Turn 3, then Boodoosingh got the better of lapping the back-markers, sneaking ahead of Carrington. His advantage was short-lived, Carrington back into second place a couple of laps later, both now gaining on Jeffrey, all three nose-to-tail across the line with two laps to go. Carrington reasserted himself, then pulled away to win by 2.4secs, Jeffrey just managing to hold off Boodoosingh at the flag. Boodram finished fourth, his best result of a disappointing day in the Megane.

All three Evos had beaten Boodram’s lap record, but it was Jeffrey (40.528s) who was the fastest of the three, adding to his CMRC lap records at Bushy Park Barbados and the Jamwest Raceway in Jamaica.

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Reigning Gp2 Champion Mark Thompson (Barbados, Honda Civic) set the pace in Qualifying, almost 2secs faster than the rest, led by the Civics of Guyana’s Shiraz Roshandin and T&T’s Marc Gill . . . and that was how they finished Race 1: Roshandin got the jump at the start, but Thompson was past before the end of lap one, easing away to win by 8.2secs. There were just tenths between Roshandin and Gill, with Mark Williams an impressive fourth, up from 12th on the grid in the Civic driven to numerous titles in recent years by Jamaica’s Kyle Gregg.

In Race 2, Roshandin again made the best start, but Thompson assumed the lead before the end of the lap, taking advantage of the Civic strife behind him to pull away. Williams led Roshandin and Gill early on, but Roshandin moved into second, so was ready to assume the lead when Thompson’s car started smoking, leading Williams and Gill home.

Having completed only nine laps, Thompson started at the back for Race 3, but benefitted from some confusion at Turn 1 – Guyana’s Ryan Rahaman (Ford Escort MkI), spun – and was fourth at the end of the opening lap, behind Roshandin, Williams and Gill. Thompson dealt quickly with Gill and closed on the other two, to make it a three-car fight for the lead; his Civic started smoking again, however, then the rain started to fall just after mid-distance, so the order remained the same and the gaps extended.

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Although the new-for-2015 Group 3 is not yet enjoying wide support, Guyana’s Persaud and Paul Vieira, scoring points for T&T in his old RX-7, battled away all day. Vieira retired half-way through Race 1, allowing Persaud a runaway victory from points-leader Gary Barrett (Civic) of the Cayman Islands, Guyana’s Afraz Allie (Toyota Starlet) and Jamaica’s Natasha Chang (Honda S2000). After Persaud snatched the lead when Vieira ran wide at Turn 1 in Race 2, it took the RX-7 driver until lap nine to catch and pass him while, in the day’s last race, Persaud led until half-distance, but Vieira closed in to win.

The Championship continues on September 12/13 at Bushy Park Barbados, with the fourth round at South Dakota in Guyana on November 14/15.

Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship

June 20/21, 2015 – Round 2, Wallerfield, Trinidad & Tobago – Results

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 4
Race 1: 1st Kristian Jeffrey (GUY), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII; 2nd Kristian Boodoosingh (T&T), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5; 3rd Gerard Carrington (T&T), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI; 4th Doug Maloney (BAR), Audi A4 quattro; 5th Jody Ali (T&T), Subaru Impreza STi; 6th Danny Persaud (GUY), Mazda Miata; etc
Race 2: 1st Boodoosingh; 2nd Carrington; 3rd Jeffrey; 4th Maloney; 5th Peter Rae (JAM), Mazda RX-7; 6th Persaud; etc
Race 3: 1st Carrington; 2nd Jeffrey; 3rd Boodoosingh; 4th Franklyn Boodram (T&T), Renault Megane Trophy; 5th Gregory John (T&T), Mazda RX-7; 6th Richard Mohammed (T&T), Mazda RX-7

Championship – Driver: 1st Jeffrey 133 points; equal 2nd Boodoosingh & Carrington 58pts; 4th George Bayley (JAM), Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 51pts; 5th Boodram 45pts; 6th Rae 44pts; etc

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 3 –
Race 1:
1st Danny Persaud (GUY), Mazda Miata; 2nd Gary Barrett (CAY), Honda Civic; 3rd Afraz Allie (GUY), Toyota Starlet; 4th Natasha Chang (JAM), Honda S2000; 5th Rameez Mohammed (GUY), Toyota Starlet; no other finishers
Race 2: 1st Paul Vieira (T&T), Mazda RX-7; 2nd Persaud; 3rd Barrett; 4th Chang; no other finishers
Race 3: 1st Vieira; 2nd Mark Thompson (BAR), Honda Civic; 3rd Persaud; 4th Shiraz Roshandin (GUY), Honda Civic; 5th Barrett; 6th Chang

Championship – Driver: 1st Barrett 105 points; 2nd Chang 62pts; 3rd Persaud 58pts; 4th Vieira 50pts; 5th Allie 48pts; 6th Mohammed 46pts; etc

Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 2 –
Race 1:
1st Mark Thompson (BAR), Honda Civic; 2nd Shiraz Roshandin (GUY), Honda Civic; 3rd Marc Gill (T&T), Honda Civic; 4th Mark Williams (T&T), Honda Civic; 5th Yazid Ali (T&T), Honda Civic; 6th Rainier Amar (T&T), Honda Civic; etc
Race 2: 1st Roshandin; 2nd Williams; 3rd Gill; 5th Ryan Rahaman (GUY), Ford Escort MKI; 6th Ali; etc
Race 3: 1st Williams; 2nd Roshandin; 3rd Thompson; 4th Gill; 5th Amar 6th Ali; etc

Championship – Driver: 1st Gill 96 points; 2nd Jordan Powell (JAM), Honda Civic 75pts; 3rd Roshandin 61pts; 4th Williams 55pts; 5th Nesbit 52pts; 6th Thompson 40pts; etc

Championship – Country: 1st Trinidad & Tobago 493 points; 2nd Guyana 414pts; 3rd Jamaica 369pts; 4th Cayman Islands 105pts; 5th Barbados 92pts

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