Veteran drivers are revved up

Local autocross is sliding back into action.

The Cayman Motorsports Association is staging the next race in their monthly Time Attack series. Slated for this Sunday, 29 April, the Progressive Loop will see action from 1pm.

Association president Karyll Iton states the chase for the 2012 series title will come down to established talents.

“We’re trying to breathe life back into it and make it fun,” Iton said. “Some of the notable guys are Nikko Miller, in his hand-built Mitsubishi Evolution III and Roje Williams, who is returning to the competition for the first time since 2010. Roje was in a Toyota Starlet though now he is in a Nissan Silvia, so it will be interesting.

“Then there is Wayne Kirkconnell, a definite threat in his Nissan 350Z and his brother Tom Kirkconnell, in the black Mazda RX-7. Jimel McLean, in yet another Honda Civic, is bringing so much out of the Honda camp and he is back to defend his street title.”

All are competing under a slightly different format as Iton implemented head-to-head racing for the 2012 season. Essentially, drivers compete against each other on the track for the latter stages of each meet.

The first event in February went off well and without incident as 20 racers competed. The usual suspects dominated the podium as Jimel McLean won the Two Wheel Drive division and street battle crown. Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III used his Valvoline Impreza Sti to win the Unlimited division and its accompanying battle segment.

Iton, who was voted the association president for 2012, has a number of meets planned for the first quarter of this year. After Sunday’s race, the next event is a “Test and Tune Day” on 20 May with a Time Attack race slated for 27 May.

For the record, autocross is now the biggest happening in local motorsports after the drag racing component disappeared with the permanent closing of the Breakers Speedway 1/8 mile drag strip last December.

Sunday’s race is sponsored by Toyo Tires and Tony’s Toys and there are cash prizes on offer for the winners. It will be this month’s first and only race after the 1 April meet was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Registration for this Sunday’s race takes place at Tony’s Toys on Friday, 27 April, 6.30-8pm. There is a $25 registration fee for drivers. Admission for spectators is free.

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