Drag racing fans can get their fill
of action this weekend thanks to a major local event happening at Breakers
Cayman’s national race track hosts
a local meet titled NAPA-Kirk Motors Summer Heat Action on Saturday 28 August
6-10pm. The 1/8 mile asphalt strip will see racers compete in time classes from
six to nine seconds. In case of rain action would pick up again on Sunday from
3pm. This Friday night will be a testing and tuning session at the track from
6pm to 10pm.
Race fee for competing drivers is
CI$25 which covers Friday and Saturday night along with a pit pass and gate
fee. Spectators get in free on Friday and pay $5 for Saturday night. Late
qualifying will be in effect on Saturday 6-7:30pm.
NAPA representatives are slated to
be at the track and conduct a tool sale under a booth. They are also expected
to hand out trophies for first and second place in each class. Cash prizes are
slated to be offer however they will be dependant on money received from gate
Track owner Robert Campbell states
this weekend’s race is slated to feature all of the heavyweights in the sport.
“I’ve heard guys like Billy Ebanks,
Sammy Jackson and Michael “Bad Oil” Williams want to run. Also Delroy Forbes,
Dave Thompson and Junior Hydes are going to be there. Dail Davis may be there
too while Patrick Campbell is slated to run his black (Nissan) Skyline. All of
those guys want to show what they have in preparation for the international
event in November.
“The local racers need to
understand that Breakers is their track. It’s not about me. When Cayman competes
overseas competitors talk about our track, not my track, in Cayman. Our guys
need to feel part of it and I urge them to take an active interest. If you have
a need to speed take it to the track.”
With all drag races at Breakers
track preparation is key. Low times generally are the result of sticky tires
getting good grip on the track surface. For recent events Campbell has had help
from US racer Billy Moffitt in achieving that goal. This time the prep work
will produce some new looks at the track.
“Up to now it had been prepped
occasionally and for this race the track is getting freshly prepped this week.
The full 1/8 mile strip, from start to run off, is getting VHT and rubber.
We’re also adding to the return road, which is completely paved now. Also the
pit area is paved and numbered.”
Safety continues to be a paramount
theme for Campbell, stating extra precaution is being taken with the racers who
can run times of six seconds and lower.
“With the five-second guys we’re
doing timed runs. Only one racer at a time will run down the track. I’m still
considering the safety aspect of normal five second runs as I’m not confident
with all of the safety concerns at this time. But those guys will be happy to
know that the best time will win a trophy and a special cash prize.”