Breakers Speedway was slated to host international visitors again. However Cayman fans will have to wait quite awhile to glimpse more foreign power.
An international drag meet scheduled for the 1/8 mile track has been cancelled. Originally the plan was for Breakers to host racers from Trinidad, Jamaica and the US this Sunday 17 April. However track owner Robert Campbell states that initiative has been scrapped in favour of more local events by the newly-formed Cayman Islands Drag Association.
“We’re putting it off since the new association is running races,” Campbell said. “Their first race was in March and their races will take over from here on. They have six events planned for this year with the next one on Sunday 5 June. At this point the next international meet is 28-29 January 2012 as opposed to this weekend.
“I’m very pleased association president Sammy Jackson and his group took the reigns. It was a very good initial event. Some things can be sorted for the next race but they can do it. Personally, their presence gives me a big break as I can sit back and relax on race days. As I’ve said many times I want to build the sport and I support the association’s efforts.”
The proposed international meet this weekend was expected to be a great event. Back in January Jamaican racers Dean Shaw and Robert Ilgner provided highlights on the track. Shaw 1960s Chevy Camaro would lose a head-to-head race against Sammy Jackson and his 2000 Chevy Camaro SS. Ilgner meanwhile would launch his Mazda RX-7 to victory over Kenrick ‘Banks’ Baker in his Mitsubishi Evolution III.
A slew of local racers were gearing up for the weekend. Jody Jervis had been working on his white Nissan Skyline R33 GT-S while Billy Ebanks had his Dodge Daytona in solid shape.
Drag racing association vice president Richard ‘Ricky’ Bodden states in spite of the cancellation, local meets will forge ahead to benefit drag racing.
“The association is for the racers and by the racers,” Bodden said. “We hope to improve drag racing in the Cayman Islands going forward. Our membership is open to all, be it a die-hard drag racer or fan or just someone who is interested in finding out what our sport is about. We have big plans for the future and with everyone’s continued support it can only get bigger and better.”