TTASA National Race of Champions 4

TTASA National Race of Champions 4

After an almost 3 month hiatus, drivers, teams, event staff and fans were greeted wet track conditions. A passing tropical wave brought a weekend of thundershowers forcing drivers to introspect- as they mentally prepared for a very damp track surface for the duration of the event.

Following the format of previous events, scrutineering and qualifying were included on race day, starting with a quick driver’s briefing spearheaded by TTASA Competition Chairman, Devi Nath.

Qualifying started with the cars of Group 3 and 4 as Ronald Wortman set the pace for the day with the fastest time of 41.666s, a result which he carried forward into his subsequent races. Franklyn Boodram, Cristian Bourne following with lap times 43.042s and 50.922s respectively, both having rebuilt their cars.

The highly contested Group 2 class of Honda Civics, saw the familiar faces of Isa Deen on pole position with a time of 44.925s, followed by Mark Williams and Arvin Singh. The rest of the pack just within 2 seconds of each other’s times.

Looking at yet another pole, Isa Deen, this time in his Radical SR3 refreshed with the Top 1 Oil livery set a time of 38.787s. The Radical field was made up of Zachary Boodram, Ryan Peyrau and Ravi Singh. Peyrau, in his first SR3 race, using Fyzool Madan’s #05 Radical.

Onto the Group 1 class, and it was yet another Deen on pole, this time Saleem Deen, with a time of 48.574s. Closely trailed by Neil Gopeesingh in his Suzuki Swift GTi, a best time of 48.933s. Other competitors within one-second of each other. Dogfight!

Superbikes saw a slight shift in agenda as the usual suspects, admirably focused on training and slowly acquainting new drivers to the race track. A total of 13 riders, were seen throughout the day, during qualifying sessions and races one, two and three.

A usual three rounds of competition for each class, started with Time Attack, which saw many returning faces and many new faces. Session one saw Uttam Jogie with a fastest time of 52.105s, which he managed to reduce to 47.005s during the subsequent sessions. Followed by Shiva Maharaj and Christopher Kahadar, within one second of each other.

The first Group 2 race, saw the usual Isa Deen, Arvin Singh and Keeva Seegobin in a one, two three podium finish, followed closely by Arvin Singh and Ross Viera. Race two and three, with a slight shift as Ross Viera traded places with Keeva Seegobin on the podium.

Superbikes saw Jamaul Thompson, Dion Phillip and Kiel Abraham, trade places as they lead the newcomers onto their first race day. Nicholas Gonzales, hanging behind to make sure all is well with the riders ahead of him! Valiant effort by the riders on this initiative!

The lone incident of the day, resulted in a Red Flag as Aslim Ali and Neil Gopeesingh collided out of the kink resulting in a gnarly wreck, rendering both cars immobile for the remainder of the day. Both drivers examined by onsite paramedics, Gopeesingh was taken to the Port  of Spain General Hospital, for further examination.

Race 2 and 3 saw a shuffle in competitors for the podium positions between Saleem Deen, Darrel Singh and Anthony Carter. In race 3, Saleem Deen was unable to start due to a broken gearbox and Carter came off on the 6th lap leaving Achan in 2nd place behind Daryl Singh who was truly cruising at this point.

The remainder of the races being incident free.

The Group 3 and 4 combined race, saw the return of Franklyn Boodram’s Renault Megane and Cristian Bourne’s Mitsubishi Evolution, on grid with Ronald Wortman and Keeva Seegobin. A minor tap from Bourne saw Boodram spin near the pit exit, allowing Wortman to pull away and maintain a solid lead through the remainder of the race. Boodram eventually caught back up to place second. Keeva in third, Bourne retired with a boost leak.

The second race for Group 3 and 4 was also combined with Group 2, and a staggered start saw Isa Deen, pull from the crowd and maintained the lead as Wortman valiantly fought to catch up- both drivers ended with a photo finish across the line. The third and final Group 3 race was cancelled due to a lack of entries.

The Radical races proved to be the most entertaining for the day as drivers battled in the pouring rain- the first rainy day the Radicals saw thus far, locally. The wet conditions proved how much concentration and skill is needed by each driver, as they battled themselves to keep the cars in the correct direction. All three races saw Isa Deen first followed by Ryan Peyrau, Zachary Boodram and Ravi Singh, who traded places between races.

The Trinidad and Tobago Automobile Sport Association would like to thank all drivers, riders, event staff, sponsors and spectators for making Round 2 a success. Special thanks to our sponsors Safetec Limited, Garage Fresh, IRP Fire and Safety,, Lubetech Sales and Services (Motul, VP Racing Fuels, Meguiars), Trinidad and Tobago Security Services and also the Ministry of Sport of Trinidad and Tobago.

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