Breakers put to use

Cayman may not have drag racing at present but motorsports continue to surge ahead.

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Racers will dodge cones at Breakers next week.
Photo: Matthew Yates

Next Saturday sees the monthly Time Attack dexterity race put on by the Cayman Motorsports Association.

In a special twist, the event will be held at the previously closed Breakers Speedway race track.

Breakers Speedway owner Robert Campbell had announced earlier this month that the track would be closed for at least three months to procure more funding, renovate the track and take a personal break.

Jay Bodden’s marl pit behind Progressive Distributors usually serves as the site of Time Attacks.

CMA President Bobby Hulse shed some light on how dexterity racing is going back to Breakers.

‘We’ve been there before with not too much success. Campbell has widened certain sections and a few key areas of the track and allowed us to host TA there.

‘For now CMA is using Breakers as another venue, though it depends on what Campbell does if we use it further.’

The event was scheduled to get going tomorrow evening but was pushed back to facilitate proper planning and preparations.

‘A lot of our people are off this week so we pushed it back to help out everyone,’ Hulse said.

The June 6 TA will be sponsored by Automotive Art and gets going from 6pm. Next Friday night will see early-sign up and mandatory technical inspection at Automotive Art on Shedden Road.

Admission for spectators will be free and the concession stand will be open, with all sales going to Robert Campbell. As Hulse says having the stand open and sales going to Campbell is ‘part of us trying to support the track.’

The format of the action is slated to be unchanged. Hulse elaborated on how the action will unfold.

‘Breakers will see a regular Time Attack course. It will be more a course instead of a mini-circuit like at Jay Bodden’s. Basically racers will go up the drag strip and come back while dodging cones. However they will be restricted in the amount of speed they can use.

‘The course will suit some cars better than others. Nevertheless we’re always trying to strike that balance between catering to all cars while not putting any at a disadvantage.’

With CMA branching out its monthly dexterity race to Breakers it seems Cayman’s local racing body has a lot of plans in the works to keep local motorsports alive.

Though Hulse did not speak to the nature of the race meets taking place in the coming months he did say Breakers can be a big part of them.

‘We’re using Breakers as another venue for now. We’re hoping to use it a couple times or half of the TAs. Though a lot of that depends on how things work out this time.

‘Obviously the drag strip has limited space. Thus we have another venue in mind in George Town. Hopefully, by the end of the year we can have three venues to use that can keep things fresh.’

As a result of the impending TA being pushed back the upcoming TA meets will also be delayed. The plan is for the next events to be on July 4, August 1 and August 29.

Ultimately Hulse feels the return of dexterity racing to Breakers can keep things exciting.

‘Times are always changing and the idea of new venues is part of the constantly evolving TA formula going forward.

‘Our idea of TA is we’re constantly improving because we don’t want to rest on our laurels. We don’t want it getting boring for everyone.’

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