Beacon Insurance sponsors another Festival of Speed at BUSHY PARK RACING CIRCUIT

All roads will lead to the Bushy Park raceway in St. Philip on Sunday June 30 for the Beacon Insurance- sponsored race meeting of the Barbados Auto Racing League.

This Sunday’s event will be the final racing event to be held at the 1/8 of a mile circuit in its present configuration. An exciting card is being planned for the many patrons who are expected to turn out in their numbers to enjoy the action in this final showdown.

With two rounds of competition already completed for the year, Sunday’s third and final round will see the crowning of a new champion driver for 2013.

A keen battle is expected between brothers Kurt and Mark Thompson (seen here with Beacon's Brian Hennis, far right) who are locked in a close race for the overall Champion title - a battle which racing fanatics described as reminiscent of the epic tennis match-ups between sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Kurt is the League’s defending champion and all eyes will therefore be on him to see if he can stave off the strong challenge which he will encounter from his younger and more aggressive brother Mark.

A keen battle is expected between brothers Kurt and Mark Thompson (seen here with Beacon’s Brian Hennis, far right) who are locked in a close race for the overall Champion title – a battle which racing fanatics described as reminiscent of the epic tennis match-ups between sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Kurt is the League’s defending champion and all eyes will therefore be on him to see if he can stave off the strong challenge which he will encounter from his younger and more aggressive brother Mark.

The day’s event will also mark the first time in the history of the club that the two brothers will be in such a close contest to determine who will wear the coveted title of champion driver. As a result fans can expect fierce competition from these two who will try to outdo each other from the opening bell of the contest.

Kurt will take to the start line in his BARL Group 3 Glassesco Hardware, Bio Beauty Day Spa, NKM Clothing Monster Energy Drink & Beacon Insurance Honda Civic on 136 points to his credit; while Mark better known as “Ointment”, will be behind the wheel in his well-prepared Monster Energy Group 2C Stag Beer Glassesco Hardware, NKM Clothing Day Spa and Local Speed Toyota Starlet with 133 points.

Chairman of the Barbados BARL Stefan Hinds (4th from Right) as part of a Media Briefing at the Wildey Gymnasium to his Left is Brian Hennis Vice President, Overseas Operations of Beacon Insurance. Next to the Chairman is Roger Welch Payne race Director, Chubb one of the baddest Drag racers at BADD and Brook Miller of the Big Bikes fame.

Chairman of the Barbados BARL Stefan Hinds (4th from Right) as part of a Media Briefing at the Wildey Gymnasium to his Left is Brian Hennis Vice President, Overseas Operations of Beacon Insurance. Next to the Chairman is Roger Welch Payne race Director, Chubb one of the baddest Drag racers at BADD and Brook Miller of the Big Bikes fame.

Fresh from their impressive performances in the first leg of the annual Caribbean Motor Racing Championships in Jamaica earlier this month, both will be looking to continue from where they left off when they had the Jamaican spectators at the edge of their seats and the commentators searching for words to describe their breath-taking performances.

Also in with a very good chance of snatching the overall title from the Thompson’s, is William Jones, in the ICB Group 2A H&B Hardware Nissan 120 Y. Jones is some 29 points adrift of Mark Thompson with114 points and could still challenge for the title should either of the brothers fail to gain any additional points.

Right on his heels is Harry Thomas, in a Honda Civic with exactly 100 points, followed closely by his BARL 2B competitor Peter Small, at the helm of the Bajan Motors Honda Civic on 96.5 points. Also in contention is Samuel Mayers in his Gales Hatcheries & Red Line Fuels.com, KDJ Auto Parts, Champion Spark Plugs, and Da Costa Mannings Auto Centre & Turbo Batteries Nissan with 96 points.

Fans can also look for a straight fight between two former BARL champions Kenrick “Snappa” Husbands in the Williams Equipment Hilti Toyota Starlet and Jason Harewood in his Do-It-Best, Gaskin’s Garage, SDRR (Areoquip), Marks Auto Spares, Castrol & JVM Signage Toyota Starlet. Both competitors scored 117 points and will no doubt be slugging it out to the wire.

Jerry Leach, in his speedy SDRR & Hydraulics Honda Civic is also expected to make winning difficult for Kurt in the BARL Group 3 class and could be a contender for the overall championship title. However, it is highly unlikely that the present leaders will fail to add to their tally.

A total of 65 competitors inclusive of 6 big bike racers have registered to take part in Tomorrow’s Beacon Festival of Speed Day/Night race meeting at the Bushy Park raceway. Approximately ten or more youngsters with the youngest competitor being as young as 11 year old are also slated to take part in the Beacon Kart Challenge Cup, bringing the total number of entries approximately seventy five making up the 27 races on the days’ card.

Tremaine Forde Catwell (extreme left) will be featured in two events on Sunday begining with the Beacon Challeneg cup for the Go-Karters and then with his father's Drag Racing car. 11 year Saviola Thomas (centre), already has his eyes set of racing in Formula 1; he is the youngest competitor who will showcase his talent in the Beacon Kart Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Tremaine Forde Catwell (extreme left) will be featured in two events on Sunday begining with the Beacon Challenge cup for the Go-Karters and then with his father’s Drag Racing car. 11 year Saviola Thomas (centre), already has his eyes set of racing in Formula 1; he is the youngest competitor who will showcase his talent in the Beacon Kart Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Just over 25 of the Island’s Sunday afternoon Big Bikers riders including 3 of 4 females will also provide entertainment for the large crowd expected to converge on the 1/8th of a mile circuit for this grand finale event at the Circuit before construction begins on the new multi-purpose racing circuit. Prizes for the top 3 sexiest looking females on the back of the Bikes will be awarded. Following two laps around the circuit during the lunch break, judging will be done by crowd response in and around the Clubhouse to determine the winners.

Next up will be the ATV and Super Cross bikers who will do also do two laps around the circuit before climaxing their performance in front of the Clubhouse.

After the completion of the League’s championship by which climaxes with the Monster Energy Handicap race, Fans will again be treated to an old time call-out drag racing contest involving members of BARL against those from the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters better known as BADD. This contest will be done the old fashion way by the traditional hand start. This is expected to provide fans with loads of excitement.

Following this there will also be A Big Mouth Race which is similar to a handicap where members of BARL with call out each other. There will be several races among the actual race with each member knowing who he is up against. Unlike the traditional handicap race where the slowest car will start first and the fastest car starting last, all the cars will start at the same time. The duration of the race will be 10 laps.

To bring the curtain down on the day’s proceedings there will be an after party in the Club House with music, dancing, a Karaoke competition featuring the BARL girls. A first second and third Prize for the top three best female dancers will be awarded. Judging will be done by the crowd. A picong rap/chanting /dub contest featuring Orville “Sluggy” Blackman and any opponent attending the after-party will leave everyone in stitches. A prize for the winner of this contest will be at stake. A popular entertainer has also been invited to make a surprise guest appearance.

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