CARS Autocross event #1 2020

CARS Autocross event #1 2020

Creative Auto Recreational Sports (CARS) has commenced its 2020 activities, but before anything else, we at CARS would like to offer our condolences to the families and friends of our three fallen racing brothers, Kerry, Ravi and Anton. May they rest in peace.

2020 Has been a very harsh year for auto sports. Thankfully, the COVID-19 pandemic has eased up in our little country allowing for our sporting events to slowly resume. We were all too eager to hit the ground rolling, but with that said, we followed all regulations and protocols and were able to launch Autocross #1 on the 5th July. We may not have been able to allow spectators, but the event was well received and we would like to thank all competitors for keeping the event a safe one. There were quite a lot of new competitors wanting to try their hands at Autocross, and this opened the gates to one very wide variety of vehicles. With 43 competitors, the day was packed. Of course, the rain dodged WASA dam and came right over the event. However, in the true spirit of Autocross, racing continued as it’s just another challenge to factor into your driving.

Racing started a bit late due to the sheer number of competitor vehicles to scruitneer and record (something we already plan to not let happen again), but we got everything sorted out and racing began. The runs started and ended off with a lot of rain, but had some decent sun midway through the event, offering competitors the chance to race in both wet and dry conditions.

Super Modified class had one of the bigger numbers of competitors in recent years with 6 contenders. Showing that this year he means business, Adrian Persad, on his last lap in his EK Civic, took 1st place from Sean Shairsingh in his Mercedes A45S AMG hatch by 0.051 seconds. Sean tried his best to reclaim his position, and almost did, but picked up a 2 second penalty after clipping a cone on his fastest lap giving him 2nd position. Olatunji Rudder sealed 3rd position in his Subaru WRX holding off Shalan Mack.

EP-R class had a great battle between Anil Mack in his EG Civic, versus Moses Moonsie in his EK Civic and Sajid Ali in his S2000. Moses tried his best to claim 1st Place from Anil, but a cone penalty ended his chances of claiming victory. Not too far behind was Sajid claiming a clean 3rd Place.

Devin Samad, a frequent competitor in Autocross who has been working on his driving event after event, finally got his reward by acquiring 1st Place in EP Class using his DC2 Integra Type R. But first time competitor Brandon Mongru in his turbo charged EK Civic coupe didn’t make it easy as he was less than a second behind Devin, securing himself 2nd Position. Well done Brandon. Long time Autocross veteran Bishen Gopaul in his finally achieved dream car (FD RX-7) finally managed to control it in such slippery conditions allowing him to secure 3rd Position.

SS Class was won by long time competitor Kristopher Lucky, but had proper competition as Ahmad Mohammed in his Toyota AE100 Corolla was just a sliver of 0.333 seconds behind. Peter Arrindell held 3rd Place in his Suzuki Swift.

ESP Class was pretty much comprised of new competitors. Matthew Russell in his Honda CRX claimed 1st Place by setting the fastest lap of the class on his third attempt. Khalid Jahore who used the same CRX took 2nd Place home by barely holding off Jason Francis in his Toyota Altezza with just 0.066 seconds. Job well done to these three new individuals.

Kirk Ho Hing, a well established driver not just in Autocross, drove as expected and managed to break below the 60 second mark in his Honda Fit, proving that you don’t need horsepower to set fast lap times in Autocross. 2019 ES Class champion Marion Hamilton was not too far off Kirk’s time using his Honda EK Civic Sedan managing to secure 2nd Place from first time competitor Darion Boodram in his comfy Nissan A33 Cifero. Job well done claiming 3rd place Darion.

The last class was HS. This may be the least powerful/tuned vehicles, but that only makes competing in this class even more difficult. This particular line up was comprised of a very interesting range of vehicles. In 1st Place was Devin Latchman in his Nissan Y11 Wingroad who displayed excellent driving to hold off Christopher Ragobar, a very experienced Autocross driver (and current President of CARS) who was behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza TS. Big surprise however was Dwayne Aguste in a stock Nissan Tiida who was able to claim 3rd Place with excellent driving, even though it was his first time competing in Autocross. Next event, we expect to see serious competition in HS class.

Shout out to all the new competitors who competed in Autocross for the first time. We at CARS welcome you and hope to see you at our future events. With a few more events, we guarantee you will learn better car control and be able to set faster lap times. Practice makes improvement.

This was also a very momentous beginning to our Autocross year, and in the lives of two of our community. We wish special congratulations to Devin Latchman and Nicolette Boodoo on their engagement at our event. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness together. Devin, you won your class at Autocross, and now you are winning at life. A drifting ring and an engagement ring! Good job!

We hope to see you all at Autocross #2 on July 26th, 2020.

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