Zane Maloney’s local car race debut at Williams International

image of Zane Maloney, current leader of the F4 British Championship, courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography

Former Barbados Karting Association (BKA) Champion Zane Maloney, who currently leads the high-profile single-seater F4 British Championship, will make his home circuit car racing debut at this weekend’s (August 31/September 1) Williams Industries International Race Meet. With preparations under way in workshops across the island, and entries on the 17-race programme approaching a total of 80, testing was in full swing at Bushy Park Barbados today (Friday), with Zane getting valuable seat time in father Sean’s Radical SR3 RS and uncle Stuart’s Citroen C2.

In addition to an action-packed 17-race programme organised by Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the grounds of the St Philip facility will be alive with other attractions on Sunday including a Kidz Zone, the Cultural Village and a lunchtime drifting demonstration. Maloney will contest the third round of the Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup and the Burger King Rally King of the Track, which has created a massive on-line buzz in recent days.

After winning Sol Rally Barbados 2019 in the family’s Subaru Impreza WRC S12B, Dane Skeete will step back into his Peugeot 306 Maxi to take on a strong field of fellow rallyists, including Justin Campbell and Derek Edwards in BMW M3s, Andrew Jones (Ford Escort MkII) and the Citroen C2 in which Stuart Maloney finished top 2wd in Sol RB19, with nephew Zane now at the wheel, along with the much-hyped return of Josh Read in his redeveloped Toyota Starlet. There will now be only two Rally King races, according to a revised timetable issued today, but the prime movers have some novel ideas for the race format.

On the domestic front, Andre Walcott leads the BPMSI title chase, with just this weekend’s final round to run. Driving the Group 1/Class 1 Suzuki Swift in which he was Champion Driver of BPMSI in 2017, then BADD last year, he has a nine-point advantage over Gp2/C2 leader Darren Lashley (Honda Integra), with William Jones (Datsun 120Y) a further nine points back, third overall and second to Walcott in Gp1/C1. The top six is completed by Tyrone Martindale (Honda CRX), who is second to Lashley in Gp2/C2, and the top two drivers in Gp2/C1, ‘Cheese’ Catwell (Datsun 140Y) and Verdon Inniss (Toyota Starlet).

Groups 1 & 2, which will be sponsored by Crane & Equipment this weekend, are particularly well-subscribed, so the front-runners will certainly be put to the test. Among the notable entries in a grid in excess of 20 are a number of drivers not seen in action for a while, including former multiple Champion Driver Karl Waterman (Toyota Starlet) and Stephen Elliott (Suzuki Forsa), while Guyana’s Rameez Mohammed will campaign his Starlet in Group 2. In the Williams Solar-sponsored Groups 3 & 4 races, his fellow-countrymen Andrew King (Mazda RX-7), Danny Persaud (Mazda Miata) and Mohan Rangasammy (RX-7) will add further spice to the action as they battle with Jamaica’s Kyle Gregg (Radical RXC) and locals Mark Maloney (RX-3), Steve King (Nissan Skyline GTR) and Kenrick Husbands (Starlet).

With today’s testing followed by Practice & Qualifying on Saturday, ahead of the Sunday race programme, the Williams Industries International Race Meet will have encompassed more than 15 hours of action on the 2.01-kilometre International Circuit; the schedule includes three races each for BPMSI’s Groups 1 to 4, the Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup and the BimmaCup Challenge, with Rally Cars and Bangers featuring twice and the traditional Hilti Handicap rounding off the Sunday programme.

The highlight of the venue’s 2019 circuit racing season, the meet has been staged with additional backing from Digicel Barbados and the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC), along with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI), Ace H&B Hardware, BRC, Burger King, Crane and Equipment, Rock Hard Cement, SBRC, Structural Systems and Williams Solar.

Off-track, there will be plenty on offer to keep the whole family occupied. The organisers of Rep Ya Ride, which was a huge success at the venue in April, are returning to Bushy Park with approaching 100 cars on display and a drifting demonstration during the lunchbreak. The Cultural Village, organised in conjunction with the Guyanese Association, will be serving food from around the region, while jumping tents, Bumper Balls and more will keep the little ones entertained in the Kidz Zone. For children under 12, admission is free.

Williams Industries International Race Meet details:

Friday, August 30 (Gate 3 opens at 10.00am) – Testing: admission free. Pop Up Lime from 5.00 to 10.00pm. Meet the drivers, see the regional cars and enjoy some F&B at Bushy Park ahead of the event
Saturday, August 31 (Gate 3 opens at 12.30pm) – Practice & Qualifying: admission free
Sunday, September 1 (gates and ticket booths open at 9.30am) - Race Day: General Admission, Bds $20; Clubhouse (food and drink on sale, no coolers allowed), Bds $50; Vehicle Parking Bds $25, plus General Admission pass for each occupant. Children aged under 12 are free of charge in all areas
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