This year motorsports in the Cayman Islands was like a big turbo: in spite of a noticeable lag the power gains were incredible.
In January a group of young people organized a car wash to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Many were local racers and members of local car enthusiast group Cayman Sports Cars Network. The youngest of which was Kaiden Iton, four, son of Karyll Iton.
At the end of the month Cayman’s home for drag racing Breakers Speedway hosted an international meet. Jamaican racers Dean Shaw and Craig Lue along with Floridian bike racer Victor Gutay competed. Lue (in a blue Mitsubishi Evolution VII) set the track All Wheel Drive record while Shaw (in a white 1969 Chevrolet Camaro) set the overall record at 5.683s.
February saw the launch of Cayman’s first official go-kart track. Owned and operated under the name Cayman Karting, the course is roughly 1,000 feet in total distance with a variety of course layouts. Corporate leagues took place at the track throughout the year. The local autocross competition titled Time Attack would also start in February. Run by the Cayman Motorsports Association, the series of monthly races would continue until November at the Progressive Loop in George Town.
In March racers Sammy Jackson and Dante “Ross” Hydes set the fastest times at Breakers by local drivers. Jackson ran his 2000 Chevy Camaro SS to a time of 5.792s while Hydes raced his Honda CBR 1000 to a new bike record time of 5.994s. Both would travel down the 1/8 mile drag strip at over 120mph.
May saw circuit racing introduced for the first time at Breakers Speedway. A demonstration race was staged with seven cars taking turns speeding around the one kilometre course. Another demo was put on in July.
August would see the NAPA-Kirk Motors Summer Heat Action drag meet at Breakers Speedway. Five class winners would emerge including A.J. Conolly’s Honda Integra Type-R (nine seconds), Minroy Hydes’ Toyota Starlet (eight seconds) and Leon Gould’s Suzuki GSR (motorbikes).
Lastly in November the annual Jay and Al Bodden memorial Time Attack race took place. The meet honours the father-son duo whose land served as the site for many local racing events.
Ultimately racing saw its fair share of low times and fast cars. With a wealth of driving talent in Cayman, 2011 looks set to offer more tire-chirping excitement.