Rides hit the corners well

Local racing had plenty going on over the weekend.

There was a drag meet up east at Breakers Speedway and in George Town dexterity racing launched off for the New Year.

The first Time Attack race for 2009 went off without a hitch at Jay Bodden’s property on Sparky Drive off North Sound Road last Saturday night.

Some 17 drivers came out to rock their chassis from side to side and burn tires as they dodged cones along the paved course.

The drivers would compete across four divisions in the front-, rear- and all-wheel drive and the unlimited class to the delight of the 100 odd people who showed up to watch.

Competition would be the fiercest in the FWD class as seven racers did battle for the class win.

Two women came out to contest the class as well. Vicki Hulse raced her blue Mazda 3 while Jodi Jackson ran her black Scion Tc.

When the smoke settled though, experience would be the decisive factor. Roje Williams, a young man with a wealth of racing experience, ran his turbo black and blue Toyota Starlet to a time of 58.595s.

But he came up short to a cool, concentrated customer in Gary Bromfield. Bromfield ran his red Acura Integra like it was another day at the office and posted a usual good time of 57.285s.

The AWD would see a similar level of competition. To no surprise the Subaru Impreza starred as the weapon as choice.

However one Mitsubishi Evolution III would give the Subbies a scare. The Stingray Battery Evolution was hugged the corners tight and seemed at home in the hands of noted dragster and Honda guru Jimel McLean.

His patented shifting techniques served him well as he posted a time of 57.775s. However McLean’s efforts would not be enough to get past TA whiz and veteran racer Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III who ran his Valvoline-sponsored Impreza Sti to a time of 54.541s mark.

The vibes from their battle carried over to the RWD class. With the competitors being scarce, the class winner would come down to a pair of good friends and regular faces on the TA scene.

Aspiring lawyer John Godfrey, an unabashed TRD lover, had the tail of his Toyota Supra wagging more than an excited dog. The crowd was feeling it and cheered at the site of his best time of 60.407s.

Peter Jurgens, no stranger to many in his white Toyota Altezza, held his own. His latest tweaks with the car’s suspension set-up reaped dividends as the West Bay native blazed his tail-lights around the cones in a time of 58.532s for the win.

Over in the Unlimited class veteran grit and extra light rides were the order of the day. Two established racers in Gary Huggins (1980s Starlet) and Andy Bodden (Mitsubishi Mivec) went neck and neck. Huggins would snatch the win, powering his Starlet to a time of 53.952s while Bodden was just behind at 54.375s.

The championship run would see the best racers come out to nab the ultimate bragging rights.

By night’s end Andy Bodden would get the last laugh grabbing the win on the longer course in a time of 89.211s.

Keith Tibbetts was second at 90.044s while Wayne Kirkconnell was third at 92.672s.

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