Revving up to Jam

Unlike Cayman, circuit racing is a big reality in Jamaica.

There are a handful of proper tracks there, tons of dedicated drivers and a plethora of races.

The latest event on the Jamaican circuit racing scene is next weekend.

The third round of the Caribbean Circuit Championship is slated to get going under the name of the ‘Heroes of Speed.’

Next week’s event gets its name as it coincides with the Heroes Day holiday weekend in Jamaica.

Three local racers are slated to travel to Dover Raceway in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica for the meet.

Representing Cayman will be Andy Bodden, Gary ‘Rambo’ Barrett and Junior Hydes.

The team is being backed by Tony Williams of Tony’s Toys and Ray Hydes and Hydes and Sons.

Next weekend will be the team’s second trip to Jamaica for the Championships. The squad went in May this year.

Kevin Johnson competed in that first race but was involved in a crash. He was fine but the car was totalled, meaning he will be unable to compete this time around.

Most team members (except for Barrett) were unable to make the second round of competition, dubbed the ‘Independence Blast Off,’ this summer.

To this point the competition has been a fruitful one for Cayman.

Bodden grabbed a number of top 15 and top 10 finishes, including a fifth place mark.

Barrett would have the most successful run as he came first twice, second once and fourth once.

Barrett also placed second twice and third twice in the four races he competed in back in August.

Only Hydes had a less than stellar performances as his car suffered technical problems and knocked him out of the competition in the qualifying stages.

For the most part the team will attack the track with the same cars.

Bodden is slated to run the Tony’s Toys Honda Civic Type-R race car with a K20 engine while Barrett is expected to race his black 1991 Honda Civic hatchback with a B18C Integra Type-R motor.

Hydes is slated to run the Hydes and Sons Mitsubishi Evolution III. The car is reported to have undergone major modifications, including a new paint job, engine tweaks and an adjustable race suspension.

While the others are racing in Jamaica, Johnson is expected to be working on his new ride, which is understood to consist of a Mitsubishi Evolution shell.

In spite of Johnson’s absence this time, team morale is predominantly high. Among the excited team members is Junior Hydes.

Hydes feels the Cayman team has what it takes to do well again.

‘I’m ecstatic; I wish we were running today. I drove my car several times and with the suspension and added power it has I can’t wait to compete.

‘Everything is looking really well on my car. I may race with all the big dogs like David Summerbell and Bull Thompson but I’m not afraid to race them.

‘Rambo and his car are ready and he’s been very consistent. Andy’s car is greatly improved with better suspension and brakes.

‘Our expectations on a whole are pretty high. I personally expect to do better this time.’