Dexterity racing may not have an official season in Cayman but one man is certainly its champion.
Keith ‘Speedy’ Parker Tibbetts III, brought out his best for the last Time Attack race of the year held by the Cayman Islands Motorsports Association.
Tibbetts won the CMA event held on Sunday 30 November at 1pm. Jay Bodden’s property off Sparky Drive on North Sound Road was the site for all the racing.
The recent passing of hurricane Paloma compromised CMA’s ability to adequately light the event which led to the race being changed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.
In addition news on the results of the race was delayed and thus reporting was set back until now.
As usual Tibbetts ran his blue Subaru Impreza Sti with solid precision on the day, consistently carving up the course in the 50 second range.
Tibbetts would win the championship run, which was on a longer course, in a time of 87.987 seconds. Second place finisher Andrew Nygou would be well behind at 90.086s.
Roje Williams, who has quickly established himself as a force on the motorsports scene this year, was third at 90.766s.
In spite of Tibbetts’ dominance on the day he would face stiff competition. Some 16 racers would come out to compete, including six in the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) class.
In fact Tibbetts did not win his class. Australian standout Sean O’Neil would claim the victory in his blue, gold rimmed Subaru Impreza Sti.
His time of 50.502s, the lowest time on the day, was just 0.003s ahead of Tibbetts.
Nygou, in his late-model yellow Mitsubishi Evolution, was third in the class with a time of 53.099s.
On the day two other classes would be in action: the Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive sections.
The FWD segment saw some interesting performances on the day. The biggest came from Terry Ballard, a relatively new face on the TA scene. Ballard would win the class in impressive fashion.
Ballard, known more for his exploits on a drag strip, slid around his blacked out early 2000’s Dodge Neon SRT-4 in a time of 52.214s.
Roje Williams, in his black and blue mid 90’s Toyota Starlet, was just a shade behind at 52.553s.
Motorsports veteran Gary Bromfield finished third in 53.881s. At press time it was not clear if Bromfield raced his red late 90’s Acura Integra or the black Mercedes A200 turbo from Autohaus.
In the RWD section TA star Peter Jurgens got an impressive win, showing the moves that have made his ride stand out on the local race scene.
Jurgens ran his white Toyota Altezza for the class win in a time of 52.871s. Oddly enough Jurgens, a noted import tuner, put on Mitsubishi Evolution wheels on the car for the race in the interest of saving weight. Apparently the modification was genius.
Coming in a close second was local motorsports icon Andy Bodden. Bodden ran his recently acquired Shelby Mustang 500 to a time of 52.878s.
The white Mustang, with its blue race stripes and roughly 500hp, impressed many with its handling considering its weight and heavy torque.
TA regular and Toyota lover John Godfrey came in third in a time of 53.464s.
Godfrey, who normally races a naturally aspirated red Toyota Supra, ran his grey turbo Supra for a change and did well managing his boost.
In addition the event saw a number of female racers come out to compete. Vicki Hulse and Jodi Jackson, no strangers to TA at this point, ran in the FWD class with Jane van der Bol in the AWD class.
Jackson would run her Scion TC to a time of 56.605s while Hulse and her Mazda 3 were close behind at 56.644s.
Van der Bol, a newcomer on the scene, finished last in the AWD class in a time of 58.631s. At press time it was not clear which car she raced in.