Racers revving up to honour Boddens

Autocross in the Cayman Islands will soon see its big finale.

The Cayman Motorsports Association will be staging the annual Al and Jay Bodden Memorial race next Sunday, 18 November. The Progressive Loop in George Town will serve as the venue.

Motorsports association Karyll Iton states this year’s event will see drastic changes.

“To the racers what it means is we’ve raised the amount of runs,” Iton said. “To make it to the finals, they have to go through semi-finals and quarterfinals. There will be three battle runs instead of one.”

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.

For 2012, the event will be a knock-out style race that will reward the last driver standing. Usually a cumulative timed event, now the emphasis is on racers competing against each other simultaneously in search of the fastest time.

Iton, who implemented the head-to-head format this season back in February, states his eyes are on a number of drivers.

“A.J. Conolly is back with his Mitsubishi Evolution VIII and he should be dominant in the All Wheel Drive division. Aaron Haylock started the season in a black Honda Civic and he bought Jimel McLean’s Civic.

“Aaron is now sharing with Jimel and they both have true potential. Bobby Hulse, normally in a Toyota Altezza, will be running a full race Toyota Starlet so look out for him.”

The meet is in memory of 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. He passed away in 2009, with son Al preceding him in death years before that.

News of the memorial comes after the motorsports association’s Time Attack series finale last month. Haylock would defeat Alexander Conolly in the street category with Reynaldo Powery finishing in third place. Tom Kirkconnell would defeat Brian Dilbert in the unlimited division final.

On 18 November, practice and qualifying starts at 11am with head-to-head rounds beginning at 12.30pm. There are cash prizes and trophies on offer for overall winners. Registration is on Friday, 16 November, 6-8pm at Automotive Art.

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