Time Attack races ahead

The local racing scene is revving up to a crescendo.

The Cayman Motorsports Association is slated to stage three more races in its Time Attack series this year. Association president Karyll Iton states it all leads up to an epic finale.

“We have two more events on 30 September and 28 October, the last Sundays of those months,” Iton said. “The October meet will coincide with the Halloween weekend.

“The season will end with the annual Al and Jay Bodden Memorial on 18 November. For 2012, it will not be an endurance race but rather a knockout-style event as we don’t have enough access to the area as we used to.”

This Sunday’s meet is slated to take place at the Progressive Loop from roughly 1pm. Drivers pay a $25 competition fee with first-time entrants running for free. Admission is free for spectators.

Registration takes place on Friday, 28 September, from 6pm to 8pm at Cayman Karting. Registered competitors get two free laps on the go-kart track with an additional deal of $10 for 10 laps also on offer.

Sunday’s meet comes after a string of events being stalled by inclement weather. Iton states those happenings are less than ideal.

“The last one was in August and rain cut it short before the battle runs. There have been a lot of rain-outs and the board is disappointed in that.”

Nevertheless, many drivers have excelled throughout the year. Racking up the most points have been veteran racers like Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III in his Valvoline Impreza Sti, Bobby Hulse in his Toyota Altezza and Jimel McLean in a Honda Civic.

For the record, November’s finale is dedicated to Al and Jay Bodden, who were huge contributors to racing in Cayman. Father Jay Bodden owned the land on which the Progressive Loop now sits. That property was also the site of the old Lakeview Raceway dirt track. Jay allowed the association to host Time Attack on a portion of his land beginning in 2007.

He passed away in 2009, with son Al preceding him in death years before that.

Usually the last autocross event of the year, around 20 drivers regularly turn out to the memorial. The association began hosting the race to commemorate the Boddens in 2009. It is normally an endurance race, offering either 100 total laps or 10 laps per competitor with each run lasting around two minutes.

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