Breakers revved up for Jamaicans

The biggest motorsports event so
far this year takes place this weekend.

Breakers Speedway
is slated to host a pair of dragsters from Jamaica.

Dean Shaw in his 1969 drag-prepped
white Chevy Camaro and Craig Lue in his super-fast, street-legal Mitsubishi
Evolution VIII will be the visiting drivers.

All of the action gets going from tonight
with a test and tune session at the track from about 6pm to 9pm.

From there Saturday sees qualifying
runs for all competing drivers from 6pm to 9pm.

The actual racing itself takes
place on Sunday from 2pm until about 6pm.

Racing is slated to be broken down
by time and offer five classes in all: 6.5-6.99s, seven, eight and nine second
groups with a bike section tossed in.

A race fee of CI$25 will be in
effect for all competitors. A gate fee of CI$10 will be charged for spectators
over 12 years-old.

News of the Jamaican racers
competing here comes about a year and a half after the last pair of international
racers was at Breakers.

In September 2008 Miami dragsters Frank Muniz (not related to
the TV star) and Luis Ferrer came to the track and consistently ran times below
six seconds. In fact the track record would be broken some nine times by the
Floridian racers.

Ferrer had a best run of 5.8s at
120mph in his dark-coloured 1982 Toyota Corolla before he wrecked the car
beyond the stopping area (he would be fine).

Muniz would actually set the track
record for Breakers by running his yellow turbocharged Toyota Supra down the
1/8 strip in a time of 5.685s at 122mph.

Some 2500 people came out to that
event and witnessed local drivers break records.

One of those racers was Dail Davis,
who set the rear-wheel drive record in his black 1989 Ford Mustang in a time of
6.200s. He reset that mark to 6.180s last year.

Davis is not expected
to race this time as his Mustang needs engine work.

Nevertheless many local racers are
expected to be competing including Dante “Ross” Hydes. The West Bayer holds the
track record for lowest time by a local driver after running his Honda CBR 1000
in a time of 6.167s last year.


Breakers will see plenty of racing this weekend.
Matthew Yates