Hulse coasts Altezza round all TA comers

Autocross got off to an exciting start to the 2011 campaign. With a number of returning contenders and new rides in the mix, the season for dodging cones should be a good one.

The Cayman Motorsports Association held its first race in the Time Attack series last Sunday.

The Progressive Loop in George Town saw 14 racers come out to test their reflexes and handling.

Six of those drivers took part in the All Wheel Drive segment, five were in the Unlimited division and three racers would run the Two Wheel Drive class.

At the end of the day one man would nab highest props.

Former association president and current vice president Bobby Hulse would emerge the winner in the Unlimited category and the Battle/Championship round.

Hulse’s Toyota Altezza would post a time of 98.785 seconds to claim his division and on the shorter Battle course he would slide to victory in 47.605s.

Hulse is no stranger to success in autocross. A racer for many years, he was the top finisher in his division last season.

Hulse faced stiff competition however. In his division he was just ahead of Keith Tibbetts III (99.455s), who borrowed Hulse’s Altezza and narrowly beat out Ian Tibbetts in his Chevy Corvette for the battle round (49.121s).

Other division winners on the day would be Michael Weatherford and Jimel McLean.

Behind the wheel of the Ace Paint Subaru Impreza, Weatherford would notch a time of 99.756s to claim the All Wheel Drive class.

Weatherford is another top racer after claiming the AWD class title last year.

McLean would brandish a Honda Civic hatchback and win the Two Wheel Drive category in 103.121s.

For McLean the Civic is a new weapon this season as he previously ran an Evolution in autocross and a Honda Integra in drag racing.

Aside from the winners, a number of drivers stood out.

Ian Charlery is back on the scene after getting married and taking a season off.

This time around he is in the 2WD segment armed with a Honda Integra Type-R (which had a time of 108.464s).

Motorsports legend Andy Bodden returns for another season, again with a Mitsubushi Evolution.

Time will tell if the Hydes and Sons Evo he ran this month remains his ride of choice.

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