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Maloney raring to go

Trevor Thorpe

Maloney raring to go

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CONFIDENT and not struggling; waiting and ready to go.”That’s the comment from the Maloney camp as they await qualifying for the Digicel Williams International race meet at Bushy Park next week.Only the weather can stand in the way of Mark Maloney, who will be driving the RockStar/Royal Bank of Canada/Digicel/Valvoline/Automotive Art Mazda RX3.Maloney, the only Barbadian driver to have scored points so far in the SeaBoard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC), will be up against drivers such as Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jr, his father Doug Maloney, Stuart Williams, Barry Mayers, Roger Mayers, and Guyanese arch-rival Mark Vieira in a Digicel Maxda RX8.“I am better prepared this time around than in previous years. The car is now more developed and it’s possible that I am in the kind of shape that I can take back the two-wheel- drive lap record,” Maloney said.He told SUNSPORT that he had been doing 42 seconds at practice and the car had the potential to do better.Recalling his exploits at Dover Raceway this year, where he collected 16 points to be sixth overall in the title chase for the CMRC, Maloney said: “You have got to be committed and give 100 per cent on every lap, every time, if you want to win.”He pointed out that in the CMRC, because of the fine line between the cars and drivers, there was no one person who would give competition as the competition would be coming from everyone. “It is going to be a very exciting race meet and racing is going to be of the highest quality,” he predicted, adding that everyone in the race is capable of winning.The former lap record holder is looking forward to clean racing from all the drivers and is hoping that the public will be treated to some of the best racing ever seen in Barbados.Maloney said he had overcome the electrical problems he faced in Jamaica and the Mazda was now reliable and he was comfortable with his final preparation.More than 120 cars are entered in the two-day event which will begin with qualifying on Saturday at Bushy Park