Thanks to the generosity of sponsor Tony’s Toys, last Sunday saw the 2012 Time Attack season kick off with a bang.
With a field of 20 drivers ready to tackle the cones, the Cayman Motorsports Association event got off to a slightly late start. However, after the initial 30-minute delay, cars were continuously on course ripping through the cones.
In the preliminary runs, the usual suspects were on form with Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III in his Valvoline Impreza Sti and Gary Huggins in his Kimmar Distributors Starlet finishing quite a ways ahead of the rest of the field. In the street tire class, Jimel McLean picked up where he left off last season turning in the second fastest time overall in a gold Honda Civic.
Newcomer Aaron Haylock looked very smooth as he turned in the fastest time of the “newbies.” Long-time competitor Andrew Ngyou finished closely behind McLean and as it is his first event in a while, he could be one to watch. In the All Wheel Drive class, A.J. Connolly was fastest in his Mitsubishi Evolution VIII over Orantis Rankin, who was also out for the first time in a few seasons in his Evo. Nikko Miller would have an off-course excursion that would damage his car and prevent him from continuing, forcing him to settle for third.
With all the single runs completed, the ladders were drawn and some intense head-to-head battles took place. In street, Reynaldo Powery’s Nissan Primera would edge past Ngyou by less than 0.4 of a second to advance. In the other first round street battle, A.J. Connolly spun while chasing Orantis to hand the purple Evo the win.
In the first semi-final, Jimel started what would become an afternoon of “Nissan abuse” and “back bumper bullying” when he tailgated Roje Williams’ Nissan Silvia across the line to advance to the finals. Powery snuck past Orantis to secure his place against the golden Civic in the finals. There, Jimel continued his dominance and tailgated Powery’s Nissan across the line for the win. Since Orantis was unable to continue, Williams got third by default.
In unlimited, Tibbetts III dispatched his Fuzzy Bunny team-mate Bobby Hulse and his Toyota Altezza to move on to the finals. Hulse spun on his first run chasing the Subaru, handing Tibbetts III the win from the onset. In the other unlimited semi-final, it was a real David vs Goliath battle with the little Starlet of Huggins taking on the C5 Chevy Corvette of Ian Tibbetts. After two entertaining runs, it was the little car that would go on to the finals.
In the third place run off, Hulse had another spin which handed the muscle car third. In the unlimited finals, Tibbetts III was just unstoppable in his Subaru, leaving Huggins to settle for second place.
Many of the onlookers were impressed with the proceedings, including organizer and association president Karyll Iton.
“A great first event for sure and a special thanks goes out to all who attended and assisted,” Iton said.