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Stanford’s the fastest

Trevor Thorpe

Stanford’s the fastest

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Corey Stanford was the fastest man at the Barbados Association of Dragsters and Drifters Good Year Tyres/Tropical Batteries/Courtesy Garage Drag Warz 2 at Bushy Park last Sunday.

It was part of the Barbados Motoring Federation’s club meet and the groups were merged due to the number of entries.

Stanford, driving the Williams Equipment Toyota Corolla, won the 7.0-7.5 seconds and the 7.5-8.0 categories with a time of 7.82 seconds.

Watched by a sizeable crowd which had packed the new bleachers from early in the day, the 8.0-8.5 seconds and 8.5-9.0 seconds groups belonged Sean Merritt.

The son of former racer Michael Merritt posted a time of 8.98 seconds in a Toyota Starlet Turbo as drivers grew more familiar with the new surroundings at the St Philip racing facility.

But the driver who caught the eye was young Darren Lashley. Driving a Turk Lashley-prepared Peugeot 205, Lashley won the merged groups of the 9.0-9.5 seconds, the 10.0-10.5 seconds, the 10.5-11.0 and 12.0-12.5 seconds categories with a time of 11.07 seconds.

There was also added spice to the day’s action for spectators. A prize draw gave a number of fans the chance for passenger rides on the drag strip with Matthew “DMZ” Forde, who was driving the Stag/Castrol Racing/Forde’s Auto Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III, and Geoff Ullyett, in the Ullyett’s Machine Shop Nissan.

Among the Superbikes, it was timely practice for Devon McCartney and Terrance Ollivierre, who will wear national colours at the Guyana International Race Meet at South Dakota next month.

Ollivierre and McCartney shared the day’s honours with Kris Brathwaite, all of them riding Suzuki GSX-R600s.