The Cayman Islands are holding their own in a regional motorsports event.
Cayman is currently ranked second in the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship. The first leg was held at Dover Raceway in Jamaica last month, with the Cayman team of Andy Bodden and Junior Hydes coming away with 24 points.
Hydes, who is behind the wheel of a heavily modified Mitsubishi Evolution III, states he is pleased with the present ranking.
“I’m ecstatic, it’s the first time in a long, long time we’ve done this,” Hydes said. “Cayman has been on the map in circuit racing in Jamaica but it’s the first time we’re competitive in the Caribbean Championships.
“To compete with three major countries and be second overall is great. We prayed for this. To qualify, finish and take the cars home in one piece, we couldn’t ask for no better, it’s great.”
Four countries are competing in the championships. Jamaica, behind Doug Gore and David Summerbell, are the current leaders with 74 points. Guyana, with Andrew King and Harold Hopkinson, are third with nine points while Barbados, with Stuart Williams and Kurt Thompson, are last with one point.
The next meet, titled Summer Heat, is slated to take place in Jamaica on 28 July. From there, action shifts to Barbados in mid-August and back to Jamaica in mid-October before ending in Guyana the end of October.