Donald Francis is a rising star in motorsports here in the Cayman Islands. He now has fresh support from a local company.
The National Building Society of the Cayman Islands presented the North Side native with a cheque last week. Reportedly the amount was $1,000 and the company also had its logo placed on the side of Francis’ Honda Civic Type-R, nicknamed ‘Plan B.’
Building Society representative Denise Beckford was on hand for the cheque presentation. She states the company is about supporting young people who engage in a positive pursuit such as sports.
“This partnership came about through Donald approaching our general manager Dunbar McFarlane,” Beckford said. “We at the Building Society feel sport, such as motorsports, is a positive activity for our youth. Being involved in drag racing is something positive Donald is doing. He could easily be doing something else and ending up in the courthouse.”
Francis, 21, burst onto the local racing scene this year at the Breakers Speedway 1/8 mile track. Behind the wheel of his Civic, Francis would win the low seven second class at the Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association June meet. He is expected to be one of the featured racers at the upcoming association event this month, titled ‘Monster Dash,’ slated for 30 October.
The Water Authority engineering assistant states the sponsorship will help him offset the costs of maintaining his car.
“It’s a great feeling as I’ve been trying for awhile to get a sponsor on board,” Francis said. “I gave out a lot of letters. I see companies like the Building Society as a great help not only for me but the whole sport. It’s good to see companies coming on board to support motorsports.
“The money I got I’ll be using for new tires and gas (racing fuel). The sponsorship takes a big strain off of me.”