A hurricane dumped rain and cancellations across Cayman’s sport scene in recent days. Among the disciplines affected was motorsports.
The Cayman Islands autocross season came to an unceremonious end on Sunday. The last meet for the Cayman Motorsports Association Time Attack series was cancelled due to inclement weather.
In a statement, the association states the event will not be rescheduled.
“Unfortunately, due to the terrible weather we are having, Sunday’s Time Attack event was cancelled,” the statement read. “This was to be the last event of the season and as we do not wish to compete with the Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association event this weekend we are not able to make this event up.
“Therefore the 2011 season is now closed and the final event of the year will be the memorial event in November. Keep an eye out for details regarding this event, which will be released soon.”
The last autocross in Cayman for 2011 is expected to be the Al and Jay Bodden Memorial. Slated for 27 November, the Progressive Loop in George Town will host the action from 8am. Parkers will host registration on 25 November 7-10pm. The memorial is an all-day race and drivers must have competed in at least two Time Attack meets to qualify.
News of the cancellation puts a damper on what was a solid season. Action was tense, new cars and drivers took part and the points battle was close. Heading into last weekend’s meet the standings were dominated by established veterans as Jimel McLean, behind the wheel of a Honda Civic, had first place in the Two Wheel Drive class and Street Battle segment. Bobby Hulse, in his Toyota Altezza, sat atop the Unlimited division while Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III, in his Valvoline Impreza, leads the Unlimited Battle section.
McLean states his focus now is on next season.
“My car is a blue 1994 Civic hatchback and I really only got to run it once,” McLean said. “I used a white Civic, which belonged to my brother, that was eventually painted gold. I also raced in a borrowed red Civic.
“The next season will not be until about March 2012 and the plan is to put my Civic down to scrap metal. It’ll undergo some work to things like the suspension as I plan, among other things, to stiffen the chassis.”