Jimel carves up corners best

As the holiday season approaches, the local motorsports body would like to highlight its best autocross drivers.

The 2011 Time Attack season, put on by the Cayman Motorsports Association, officially came to an end in October. The last dexterity race of the year would be last month’s third annual Al and Jay Bodden Memorial.

Current motorsports association president Kim Kirkconnell states the 2011 season was a good one.

“The 2011 season was another great one despite our battles with the weather,” Kirkconnell said. “Many thanks to all who made the awards dinner. It was a great night and many thanks again to Keith (Tibbetts III) for hosting it at his house. We presented both the 2010 and 2011 season trophies.

“Special thank yous go out to Automotive Art, Valvoline, Parker’s, AI Rentals, official time keeper Kelcey Huggins and all our drivers and volunteers who made this season a truly successful one. On behalf of the motorsports association board, I would like to wish everyone a safe and joyous Christmas Season and all the best for the New Year.”

A number of drivers excelled in the Al and Jay Bodden Memorial. Bobby Hulse won the unlimited segment and had the fastest time of 133.117 seconds. Keith Tibbetts III was second in unlimited and Gary Huggins was third. Ajoni Ambersley won the street class and had a best time of 138.843s. Jay Reid was second and Paul Travers was third.

Many of the established names in motorsports scooped up season trophies. Hulse primarily used his Toyota Altezza to win the unlimited division and place second in the unlimited battle group, followed by Tibbetts III (who claimed the unlimited battle) in his Valvoline Impreza. Ian Tibbetts, in his Chevy Corvette, was third in the unlimited division while George Manderson was third in the unlimited battle.

Reid claimed the all-wheel drive class ahead of Richard Crawshaw and Paul Travers. Jimel McLean was named the most improved driver of the year as he used a number of Honda Civics to win the two-wheel drive class and street battle group. Tom Kirkconnell and his Mazda RX-7 and Ian Charlery in his Mitsubishi Evolution VIII were runners-up in both segments.

The 2010 winners were Keith Tibbetts III (first place for unlimited division and unlimited battle), Bobby Hulse (second in both unlimited categories), Ian Tibbetts (third in both unlimited classes), Michael Weatherford (AWD division and street battle winner), Erol Babayigit (second in AWD and street battle), Nikko Miller (third in AWD), Gary Bromfield (third in street battle), Ajoni Ambersley (2WD division winner), Jerad Ebanks (second in 2WD) and Alchrist Bodden (third in 2WD).

The association intends to start the New Year with its annual general meeting. It is slated to take place for 5 January at 7pm at Automotive Art.

The board positions up for election are president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

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