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Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley has dismissed as “nonsense”, the alleged issue of race dictating motor sport in Barbados.

And he also said that Government had not given the green light for any club to charge others fees or to engage in any “exclusivity arrangements” at the refurbished Bushy Park racing facility in St Philip.

Speaking to the DAILY NATION at the Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL) Track Day at the Vaucluse raceway in St Thomas yesterday, he said that Barbados’ Constitution did not speak to race and so any person who wished to reduce motoring to an issue of race was really paying a disservice to the motor sport fraternity.

His response came on the heels of comments from chairman of Bushy Park Circuit Inc. (BPCI), Mark Maloney, who in yesterday’s SUNDAY SUN denied his group was racist in its dealings with BARL over access to Bushy Park. Maloney had said there had been suggestions being circulated that the BPCI was making motor sport in Barbados a black-and-white issue.