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Lap king good to go


Trevor Thorpe

Lap king good to go

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Expect records to tumble when the best regional drivers assemble in Barbados for the Williams Digicel International Race Meet: Round Two of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at Bushy Park at the end of the month.
And the driver who could carry the most attention at the August 27 to 29 event is Roger “His Hotness” Mayers who will be at the wheel of the Chefette/Delaware Dispensary/Illusion Graphics/Valvoline/Surf Shak Ford Focus.
Roger Mayers, who holds the lap records for both Guyana and Barbados, is in the Barbados team for the weekend affair.
The others in the team are Barry Mayers, who will be driving the Simpson Motors/Shell V-Power/Chefette/Deleware Dispensary/Digicel/Barbados Today/Illusion Graphics Suzuki SX4; Stuart Williams, Doug Maloney and Mark Maloney.
The Bushy Park record stands at 40.996 seconds.
Mechanical problems prevented Mayers from full participation last year, but it is understood that he and the machine will be ready for the challenge.
Barry Mayers was the highest-placed two-wheel-drive finisher in two of last year’s three CMRC races at Bushy Park. He also won BARL’s Group 4A title last year.
BARL chairman Adrian Mayers was upbeat about the hosts’ chances.
“Although we only fielded three cars for Round 1, we came away one point ahead of Jamaica’s five scoring drivers, while only two of Guyana’s four cars picked up points,” he said.
“Two years ago, we were four points behind Jamaica before our home round, and went on to beat them by 39 points so, yes, I am in good spirits.”
The chairman said he was confident that the very best team had been selected – one which had the relevant experience to rise to the challenges of the CMRC.
“We know that both Guyana – the reigning country champions, and Jamaica have drivers and machines that are new to us, but I am happy that we are ready to meet the challenge,” Mayers said.
In the run-up to the meet, the popular after-work limes that give fans a chance to mix with competitors and their machinery in a relaxed atmosphere, will take place on August 12 and 19 at the Mall Internationale car park at Haggatt Hall, and on August 26 at Bushy Park.
Cars will be on display from around 4 p.m., with refreshments on sale, entertainment and give-always.

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