Civics race for Breakers glory

Rainy weather may have cancelled an autocross event last weekend but another meet should go off as scheduled.

The Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association is expected to push ahead with its drag race this Sunday, 30 October. Titled ‘Monster Dash,’ the event is expected to take place from 3pm at the Breakers Speedway 1/8 mile track.

At the heart of the race is a battle between two Honda Civic hatchbacks for the Front Wheel Drive mark. Tom Kirkconnell, who also competes in autocross in a Mazda RX-7, is the current record holder with a time of 6.8 seconds.

Challenging for that title is Donald Francis in his Plan B turbo hatchback, which has a best time of 7.4s.

Drag racing association marketing officer Michael Webster states those two should produce an epic battle.

“We’re hoping to have a great turnout for this event,” Webster said. “We’re hoping it will go off though we will not know for sure until Friday. If there is rain it more than likely would be postponed until next weekend.

“Hopefully we’ll see the big dogs Sammy Jackson and Ronnie Forbes with their V8s, some of the (Mitsubishi) Evolution guys, Donald and especially Tom in his record-breaking Kirk Express Civic.

“We are hoping to get Kirkconnell and Francis up to the line in the main event. It will be great to see if a new record can be set and if Kirkconnell can hold on to his crown.”

Sunday’s event comes after inclement weather ended the last official meet of the autocross season. The Cayman Motorsports Association Time Attack series resumes next year though the next dexterity race is the annual Al and Jay Bodden Memorial in late November.

Webster states the Breakers race should see an interesting display from the Toyota Supra camp.

“We’re hoping to have Johnny Salas’ Supra out there to get into the low sixes.

“That would give some of these V8 guys some competition. Unfortunately my Supra is not ready yet so I will not be racing.. At this point I’d like to thank the sponsors Napa, Security Centre, Multi Images and all the drag racing association volunteers.

I’d also encourage everyone to check for the latest updates about the race.”

Sunday’s race sees an admission fee of $5. Pit passes will be $15 with racers being charged $25 to run. For more information e-mail [email protected]

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