Sammy’s sprint ignited so many

A lot can happen in six and a half seconds on a race tack. A number of Cayman residents found that out first-hand over the weekend.

Breakers Speedway saw its biggest crowd since 2008 gather to watch the showdown between racers from Cayman and Jamaica. The international meet would not disappoint. The duel of the day was between a pair of high-powered Chevy Camaros as Cayman’s Sammy Jackson and the visiting Dean Shaw went head-to-head.

After thunderous burnouts, each of the competitors crept forward out of the clouds of tire smoke to take their places at the line. Shaw was the first to stage, lighting the four bulbs at the top of the “tree” letting the starters know he was in position and ready. Jackson followed suit, rolling in and lighting up his side of the tree.

The crowd was suddenly silenced by the deafening roar of the engines. Less than a half a second later, the green light went on and Jackson bolted off the line, pulling the front wheels ever so slightly off the ground. Shaw hesitated for a fraction of a second which would prove to be the difference in the race. The two stormed down the 1/8 mile track with Jackson crossing the line in first and Cayman chalking up a victory.

The international event was highlighted by some very special performances in each class. For starters Jackson’s victory over Shaw gave him the win in the fastest category of the day (the 5 second class). However the visiting team quickly exacted revenge in the low-six second class with Robert Ilgner’s Mazda RX-7 dispatching of Kenrick “Banks” Baker in his Mitsubishi Evolution III with a time of 6.128s, a new personal best.

Ricky Bodden in his yellow Evo III dispatched Ian Tibbetts in his Chevy Corvette for the win in the upper-six second class. The seven second class saw Keith Tibbetts limp the Valvoline Subaru Impreza Sti across the line in the finals in front of a hard-charging Cliff Weeks in his yellow Evo III after suffering drive train damage midway down the course.

The eight second class saw emerging talent Donald Francis use the smallest engine in the field to take on all comers on his way to lifting the trophy behind the wheel of a Honda Civic. He would set a new record for normally aspirated Hondas in the process. Dylan Miller rounded out the winners claiming victory in the nine-second class.

Another standout performance from Dante ‘Ross’ Hydes would provide a new record in the motorcycle class. Hydes lowered the mark for all two-wheel machines with a time of 5.882s on his way to capturing victory. Though he did not win on Sunday Dail Davis joined the five second club over the weekend by running a new personal best of 5.92s.

The Cayman Sports car Network would like to thank Breakers Speedway owner Robert Campbell and his crew for hosting a spectacularly entertaining event. We look forward to the next international event on 17 April.

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The showdown between Jackson and Shaw was the highlight of the meet.
PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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