Huggins and Conolly race best

 

Gary Huggins and A.J. Conolly should be all the rage in local motorsports. 

Both men emerged winners during the Al and Jay Bodden Memorial race, the season-ending meet for the monthly Cayman Motorsports Association Time Attack series. The event took place on Huldah Avenue as part of the Drive Cayman spectacle, which focused on driver safety. Huggins would win the Unlimited division behind the wheel of his Kimmar Distributors Toyota Starlet while Conolly would run his Mitsubishi Evolution VIII to the Street class crown. 

Bobby Hulse serves as the association president and competed in last Sunday’s meet. He said staging the event on public roads worked out well. 

“Overall, I am very happy with how things turned out,” Hulse said. “As an organizer, I think we were able to provide a fun safe event for the public that highlighted the message of the overall event: drivers skills. As a racer, I really enjoyed it. The course was very technical but had a decent flow. It was also fun to have so many spectators there to watch us run. It was a really long day and we had the most runs ever (15) but it was great. 

“We have to thank our sponsors: AI Rentals, Rubis, Star 92 and Saxon. They helped to make sure that the event came off as good as it did. Lastly, I have to thank the driving force of the Drive Cayman event and StreetSkills committee member Lisa Parks.” 

Hulse, who raced his usual black Toyota Altezza, finished second in the unlimited segment. Marcus Huggins would share seat time with dad Gary in the Starlet and finish third. There were four other competitors in the group in association vice president Jimel McLean and the Flower Power Starlet, Gabe Powell in his Evo III, Mike Weatherford in his Subari Impreza and Tom Kirkconnell in the Automotive Art Mazda RX-7.  

In the street category, Conolly beat out Reynaldo ‘Aldo’ Powery in his Nissan Primera and Andy Bodden in his Evo V. Five other drivers carved up corners in Ajoni Ambersley and his Nissan Primera, Tyson McCoy in a Honda Integra Type-R, Kody Miller in a Ford Ranger truck and Neil Dilbert and Drew Conolly in a Honda Civic. 

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Gary Huggins made many smooth runs in his Starlet. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES
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