Racers cornering summer props

 

Autocross in the Cayman Islands will host its last race of the summer. 

The Cayman Motorsports Association is staging the next meet in its monthly Time Attack series this Sunday, Aug. 25. The Progressive Loop in George Town will host the action from 1 p.m. For association president Bobby Hulse, dexterity racing has maintained constant appeal. 

“The turnout has been a little light, which is typical for summer,” Hulse said. “We had about 10 racers last time and we’re getting new people. Guys like Keith Tibbetts III have been missing, so we’ve needed other people making up numbers. I expect this Sunday to see around 10/11 people racing. We will be watching the weather this weekend and it should be a good race. 

“New guys have been coming out, like Nick Young in his Honda Integra and Craig Burke has impressed a lot of people with his Subaru Impreza. Craig’s actually been out a few races dealing with car troubles and we hope to see him back soon.  

“It’s been the usual crew in the Unlimited division with me battling it out with the Huggins boys. I’ve used my Toyota Starlet in addition to the Toyota Altezza. The Starlet has done well and been competitive and while the Altezza has fresh new tires, it has stayed pretty much unchanged since last year.” 

As Hulse points out, a number of drivers have raced well over the summer. Burke, in an Impreza GC8 RA, has excelled in the Street class, while Marcus Huggins has teamed up with dad Gary Huggins in the Kimmar Distributors Toyota Starlet KP61 to dominate the Unlimited category, along with Hulse, who alternates between an Altezza SXE10 and a Starlet EP82. 

This season has also seen good showings from Young in an Integra GSR DC2, Michael Weatherford in an Impreza GC8 and Reynaldo Powery in a Nissan Primera P10. 

Those showings differ from last season when Jimel McLean’s Honda Civic, Alexander “AJ” Conolly’s Mitsubishi Evolution VIII and Tibbetts III’s Valvoline Subaru Impreza Sti were all the rage. 

Hulse said going forward there will be added emphasis on head-to-head racing. 

“We’ve had a couple of night races, we don’t do head-to-head at night because of the complexity involved in coordinating that. People enjoy it, the head-to-head format, it adds another level of excitement. The last time it was in the day we incorporated a loop back.”  

 

Mandatory registration for Sunday’s race, sponsored by Toyo Tires, is at Automotive Art on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. 

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Time Attack races back into action on Sunday. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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Bobby Hulse is a notable figure in local racing.

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