Cayman stumbled out of a podium finish in one of the Caribbean’s biggest circuit racing events.
The Cayman Islands recently placed fourth in the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship. Cayman ended up with 37 points, well behind rivals Barbados (74 points), Guyana (88 points) and winners Jamaica (137 points).
Cayman were ranked third heading into the third and final race at the South Dakota Circuit in Timehri, Guyana. Prior to the race, local drivers admitted it was a long shot to maintain that footing. Cayman previously competed at Dover Raceway in Jamaica and at Bushy Park race track in Barbados.
Seaboard Marine Limited Vice President of the Caribbean Division Stephen Bell states Cayman’s involvement was positive.
“Seaboard continues to look at this as an opportunity where we can forge Caribbean unity,” Bell said. “We have seen the competition grow this year where we had the Cayman Islands coming on board. As it becomes a Caribbean event, then it means that we have to step up to the plate and continue to deliver a product that would pull 20,000 people to come and watch.
“I do believe motor-car racing is the future for Caribbean sport and be assured that we will be there next year.”
Representing Cayman was Team CaySpeed, consisting of racers Andy Bodden and Junior Hydes. Both drivers raced Mitsubishi Evolutions with Hydes running a yellow Evo III and Bodden sporting a white Evo VIII. Ray Hydes served as team manager with a support crew that included tuner Kenrick ‘Banks’ Baker, Jerry Holness and Courtney ‘Butch’ Myles.
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.
Jamaican legend David Summerbell Junior maintained the individual points lead throughout the competition in his Evo VIII and ended up earning the overall driver’s championship.
Summerbell Jr, who stated years ago that he supported Cayman racing, states it was a great achievement for his country.
“It was fantastic, it could never have come at a better time, when we are celebrating our 50th year of Independence,” Summerbell Jr said. “What started out as a tough year at Dover for us ended on a good and positive note for us.”