Rambo doubles up in Dover

Thanks to Dover raceway in Jamaica Cayman got its latest taste of circuit racing.

Judging by the results it would prove to be a tasty dish for local racers.

Gary ‘Rambo’ Barrett cemented his status as one of the island’s best circuit racers with a pair of podium finishes at the annual Heroes of Speed event.

Rambo would win first place in his IP33 (Improved Production vehicles with a lap time of 1:33) class, grab second place in the MP1 (Modified Production cars) section and place in the top ten in the Thundersport (unlimited) division.

Key to his success was his black 1991 Honda Civic hatchback, the same car that took him to a number of high finishes back in May and August.

With Monday’s results Rambo put himself in a good position for a cash prize and an overall trophy.

The race, which took place during the Heroes Day holiday, also doubled as the last stage in the 2009 Caribbean Circuit Championship.

Adding to the excitement of the meet would be the presence of former world record holder Asafa Powell. The sprinting sensation came out to the track in his black Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG, which served as the pace car for the opening races.

Rambo was joined on the track by Junior Hydes and Andy Bodden to form the Cayman race team present for the Championship.

Hydes would show good effort as usual behind the wheel of the Hydes and Sons Mitsubishi Evolution III, with its new paint job and engine tweaks.

During qualifying the modifications looked to have paid off as the car sounded well and made blistering runs on the roughly 1.6 mile track.

All signs pointed to a stellar showing from Hydes in the IP27, MP3 and Thundersport classes.

However gremlins would come to the fore as Hydes suffered exhaust problems that prevented him from setting some qualifying times.

On race day Hydes would break his gearbox during the middle of his first race (in which he was in the middle of the pack).

Unable to source and install a replacement gearbox, Hydes was relegated to the sidelines for his other two classes.

Bodden meanwhile set impressive qualifying times in the Tony’s Toys Honda Civic Type-R. His lap time went as low as 1:29 at one point, allowing him to compete in three classes.

For the most part Bodden was on point. He placed fifth in the IP33 class and was as high as third in the MP2 segment before car trouble derailed him.

First a flat tire would cause him to drop out of a race before a blown engine halted his plans for the Thundersport section.

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