Jimel’s Civic hits the apex best

Motorsports in the Cayman Islands will honour its top drivers soon.

The Cayman Motorsports Association recently announced the winners of its 2012 Time Attack series. The group intends to stage an awards ceremony on 19 January.

Association president Karyll Iton states it was a challenging season for all participants.

“We have come to the end of yet another season of Time Attack,” Iton said. “Though this season was a wet one, with quite a few events having been rained out, there were many key moments and the introduction of the head-to-head competition certainly added an interesting new element to the competition.

“We want to congratulate all the winners in the various classes and in particular, Team Fuzzy Bunny for their outstanding individual performances this season, winning all but one of the classes.”

A pair of experienced drivers grabbed top honours. Jimel McLean guided a Honda Civic to win the street and battle sections of the Two-Wheel Drive class, registering 425 and 450 points, respectively.

In the street category, McLean would beat out Aaron Haylock, who notched 365pts in a Civic and Reynaldo Powery, who had 300pts in a Nissan Primera. In the battle segment, McLean topped Powery’s 450pts and Haylock’s 150pts. The 2WD segment saw 18 drivers earn points this season, including veteran Roje Williams in his Nissan Silvia.

Alexander ‘AJ’ Conolly won the All Wheel Drive division in his Mitsubishi Evolution VIII with 300pts. Jose Massias had 225pts and Peter Jurgens notched 150pts. Nine people earned points this year, including Gabe Powell and Orantis Rankin in Evolutions.

In the Unlimited division, Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III ran his Valvoline Subaru Impreza Sti to the overall title. In the street segment, he notched 600pts to overshadow the 460pts of Tom Kirkconnell’s Mazda RX-7 and the 340pts of Bobby Hulse’s Toyota Altezza. The battle section saw Speedy earn 425pts, ahead of Hulse’s 365pts and Kirkconnell’s 350pts.

News of the points winners and awards ceremony comes after the annual Al and Jay Bodden Memorial race in November. The meet attracted dozens of racers and served as the Time Attack series finale. 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. Members of the Bodden family were present at last month’s meet.

Iton states in addition to honouring drivers, more events are slated for 2013.

“The Annual General Meeting will be on 23 January at 6.30pm at the clubhouse above Tony’s Toys warehouse on the Progressive loop. We encourage everyone to come out and participate as there will be significant points to discuss on the agenda.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who volunteered over the course of the year to help us with the events. A huge thanks to our sponsors Cayman Karting, Automotive Art and in particular Tony’s Toys. We thank you all for your steadfast support. We look forward to seeing you all at the awards ceremony and AGM and do enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.”

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