Cayman’s circuit racing team is seeking fresh support.
Team CaySpeed, representing the Cayman Islands, heads to the South Dakota Circuit in Timehri, Guyana on 11 November for the third and final stop of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship.
Team manager Ray Hydes states the squad would like more community backing.
“We’re encouraging people to join the team and/or become a sponsor,” Hydes said. “It’s a fantastic experience with the crew. As always, we work together as a team and operate as a team with team spirit on and off the track.
“We’re hoping to have what we didn’t have in Barbados: more track time to practice. To tune and adjust our cars would help us adjust to the track.”
Racers Junior Hydes and Andy Bodden recently struggled at Bushy Park race track in St. Phillip, Barbados. The duo had Cayman in second place after the first leg in Jamaica. They are competing in Mitsubishi Evolutions with Hydes running a yellow Evo III and Bodden racing a white Evo VIII.
Bodden now sits in sixth place with 15 points while Hydes is ninth with 11 points. Cayman ranks third with 26 points overall, behind Barbados (64pts) and Jamaica (113pts) and ahead of Guyana (21pts).
CaySpeed is a race team coordinated by Hydes and Sons, Tony’s Toys and Paul A Bodden Heavy Equipment Service. Other sponsors include Burger King, AMB Construction, A-1 Equipment Rentals, A.L. Thompson’s, Rainbow Realty, Walker’s Road Texaco and Amsoil.
Junior Hydes states more sponsors would offset the high costs of participating.
“As you can imagine, this is not a cheap endeavour,” Junior said. “It runs $10K-15K each race for both cars. So we’re looking for sponsors for things like tyres, gas and additional equipment.”
The stiffest competition for Cayman has come from individual points leader David Summerbell Jr in his Evo VIII. The Jamaican has 50 points, ahead of countryman Peter Rae, 33 points, in his Mazda RX-7 and Bajan Roger Mayers, 30 points, in a Ford Focus.
Aside from added sponsorship, Hydes states Cayman’s success in Guyana will depend largely on the crew.
“We have such a good core team, with major support from Kenrick ‘Banks’ Baker as the chief tuner. There has also been additional support from Barry Ingram, Jerry Holness, Clement Ewers, Courtney ‘Butch’ Myles and last, but not least, the whole Hydes clan.”
To get involved, call Ray at 916-2472 or e-mail Junior at [email protected]