Rambo corners podium finish at South Dakota Circuit

Gary ‘Rambo’ Barrett earned fresh kudos in Guyana.

Barrett represented the Cayman Islands at the South Dakota Circuit in Timehri for the final round of the 2013 Caribbean Motor Racing Championship last Sunday. Barrett, who normally races behind the wheel of a Honda Civic, finished second in the Group 2 championship for 1.6 liter cars with 68 points. He would finish behind Mark Thompson of Barbados (92 points) and ahead of Jamaica’s Guy Fraser (51 points).

Barrett was supposed to be joined in Guyana by Andy Bodden and Junior Hydes, who form Team CaySpeed with their Mitsubishi Evolutions. Hydes normally runs a yellow Evo III and Bodden sports a white Evo VIII. The duo competed last year and led Cayman to a fourth place finish.

Guyana claimed this year’s overall country championship with 508 points, followed by Jamaica with 392 points and Barbados ended up third with 343 points. The 2013 championship was only contested over two rounds – the first segment was at Dover Raceway in Jamaica – as the Bushy Park race track in Barbados has been undergoing major development and was unable to host their meet.

Douglas “Hollywood” Gore of Jamaica nabbed the drivers title with 118 points in his Audi TT RS. Kevin Jeffrey of Guyana finished second with 70 points in a Evo VII and Doug Maloney of Barbados placed third with 60 points in his Audi A4 Quattro. Some 18,000 fans watched the action in Guyana, with Gore setting the overall track lap record of 33:401 seconds. The Montego Bay native initially set the record while qualifying for pole position, with a time of 33:504 seconds.