Inclement weather was expected to halt drag racing last weekend. As it turns out it was a technical issue.
The Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association meet was postponed at the last minute due to a timing system upgrade. The association released a statement on csn.ky stating the reasoning for the delay at Breakers Speedway.
The statement reads, “As we were not be able to get the track sensors in time for last weekend’s scheduled race, as the same were on back order with Porta-Tree until this Monday, the event has been postponed until this weekend, Sunday 7 August.
“It was discussed whether we should postpone the event further into August, but after taking a vote, the majority voted for the 7th. Also, based on the fact the we recognise that it would benefit spectator and racer turnout if we had the event a little later in the afternoon, the timing of the event was discussed as well.
“It is intended that we will still have slots available for grudge matches and exhibition runs during the event, to fill any lulls between rounds of competition. We are hoping for a decent turnout and some good racing, so spread the word.”
The new time-frame for the meet this Sunday sees gates open from 12 noon, test and tune reserved for 12-2.30pm and qualifying slated for 2.45-3.45pm. After a brief driver’s meeting the actual racing itself is expected to start at 4pm.
Focus will be on the winners from the last meet, including Kenrick ‘Banks’ Baker and Humberto Rives.
Rives, who drives a heavily modified Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, is not bothered by the delay and states his focus long-term is to compete abroad.
“I want the overall track record, that’s my goal,” Rives said. “Billy (Ebanks of West Bay) has a time of roughly 5.5s (in a Dodge Daytona). That’s my goal. I know I can do it. It’s just a matter of preparing for it.
“I’m trying to get sponsorship to run my bike in Jamaica. Two years ago we went to Antigua. It was me, Jody (Jervis in his Nissan Skyline), Bad Oil (Michael Williams in his Mitsubishi Evolution III) and Kevin (Johnson in his Evo III). We raced out there and did good. We’re planning that for the future because Jamaica has some nice tracks. Probably the best one is the 1/4 mile track out in Westmoreland where they have Jam West.”