Jamaica races launch off for Cayman

This weekend is slated to be a big one for Jamaica.

The country sees the celebration of its Heroes Day holiday and offers a time for national unity.

On the sports side one of its biggest motorsports events launches ahead with Cayman having a notable presence.

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

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.

This weekend marks 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 will consist of a Mitsubishi Evolution shell.

Team morale is predominantly high at this point. Team members, like Junior Hydes, feel the Cayman team has what it takes to do well again.

Leading up this weekend’s race Bodden and Hydes have been active parts of the local motorsports scene.

Bodden has steadily competed in the local dexterity racing series called ‘Time Attack.’

He has done well in the meets he has taken part in, winning the unlimited division in August.

Thanks to his lightweight Mitsubishi Mirage, Bodden sits second in the unlimited division and is ranked in the top ten in the overall standings.

Hydes meanwhile has been a notable force in the drag racing scene. One of his best performances came last weekend.

Hydes won the pro race section at the inaugural meet for the Full Throttle drag race series in his Ford Mustang at Breakers Speedway.