Summerbell joins first-class Seaboard Marine CMRC line-up
Multiple Champion David Summerbell Jr returns to the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) next month in one of the most competitive Group 4 line-ups ever assembled: three former Champions are among nine CMRC race-winners, with more than 50 victories to their credit since Barbados joined the series in 2008.
The Jamaican is one of 23 regional entries confirmed for the Williams Industries Digicel International Race Meet (September 12/13) at Bushy Park Barbados, which features round three of the 2015 competition, with drivers and riders also travelling from the Cayman Islands, Guyana, St Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
Three races for each of the CMRC categories on two and four wheels are featured on a 23-race programme organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), which will also include the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup and Swift Cup and the Club’s own 2015 Championship. Once the circuit sessions have come to an end each day, the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) will take to the 1/8th-mile drag strip and run into darkness to stage round three of Drag Warz 2015.
Summerbell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII), who last won the CMRC in 2012, has been a regular fixture at Bushy Park this year, contesting the Swift Cup, in which he became the fifth different winner in June. He will drive both cars next month, with particular interest focussed on the Swift Cup, in which his daughter Samantha will race for the first time.
Reigning Champion and current points-leader Kristian Jeffrey (Evo IX) leads a strong CMRC team from Guyana, which includes his father Kevin (Evo IX) – twice runner-up since 2010 – Danny Persaud (Mazda Miata), who finished second last year, and Mark Vieira (Mazda RX-8), who has twice ended the season fourth. Kristian Boodoosingh will represent Trinidad & Tobago in the Evo 6.5 in which he shared victories one apiece at Wallerfield Raceway in June with Jeffrey and fellow-countryman Gerard Carrington.
Points-leader Gary Barrett (Honda Civic) will represent the Cayman Islands in CMRC Group 3, with Guyana’s Persaud doing double-duty in his Miata – he is currently third in the standings, ahead of fellow-countryman Paul Vieira, although he is representing T&T in his former Mazda RX-7, along with Saleem Deen (Civic).
Group 2 Championship leader Marc Gill (Civic) is travelling north from Trinidad & Tobago, along with Damien Nesbit (Nissan Sentra B13), who is fifth in the Gp2 standings, and Jean-Marc Camacho (Civic); in common with Guyana’s Nazim Gafoor (Mazda Miata), Camacho is making his CMRC Gp2 debut.
On two wheels, CMRC Superstock points leader Stephen Vieira (Kawasaki) leads another strong line-up from Guyana, along with cousins Elliot (Kawasaki) and Matthew (Triumph), Joel Neblette (Suzuki) and Kevin Persaud (Kawasaki), while Luke De Nobriga (Yamaha) and Nicolas Gonzales (Kawasaki) will represent T&T.