Honda guru will fling golden Civic into more corners

Jimel McLean figures to storm the podium once again.

McLean is one of many local racers gearing up for the August edition of the monthly Time Attack series. Put on by the Cayman Motorsports Association, the next meet is slated for this Sunday, 26 August from 1pm at the Progressive Loop.

McLean, who has been helping Donald Francis prepare for drag races in the US, is a constant threat behind the wheel of a gold 1994 Honda Civic hatchback. The car, which started out with an underpowered D15 engine, has propelled the Honda guru to regular top finishes in the Street division.

Last month’s event was stalled by rain but still saw stellar performances from the usual suspects like Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III in his Valvoline Impreza Sti and Bobby Hulse in a Toyota Altezza.

McLean has had a good season and is line to claim a division crown. At the 1 July race, he edged out Jose Massias, Phil Harper and Reynaldo Powery. Tibbetts III and Hulse were the top two finishers in the Unlimited segment. There were 12 racers in all.

Registration for Sunday’s race will take on a different look. Slated for Saturday, 25 August, 6-8pm at Automotive Art, sign-up will coincide with the Cayman Audio Enthusiasts Association’s Go Hard or Go Home meet. That gathering is slated to last 7-11pm with prizes on offer for events like the sound pressure level and loudest exhaust competitions.

Drivers for Sunday’s race will be charged $25 while spectators and first-time racers are free. Cash prizes will be on offer for class winners and the most improved competitor.

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