Williams Sets New Track Record
A new 2WD and overall lap record and clean sweeps in six groups were the highlight of the Barbados Auto Racing League’ (BARL) Easter Race meet at Bushy Park on Easter Monday. Stuart Williams (30) driving a well-prepared Williams Equipment/WHH Racing/Alpine Bars Lotus Elise set a new overall and 2WD record of 40.866 seconds in the first race for the merged Group 3 Class I to 4B cars. This set the tone for what was to come as he was among an illustrious group of drivers making clean sweeps in their respective Groups during the day’s proceedings. In front of a moderate crowd and after a 10 am start, Willliams held off spirited challenges from Steve King (76) in the King’s Auto Parts/Valvoline/JVM Signage Nissan GTiR and the experience Doug Maloney (33) in the Paints Plus Audi Quattro, especially in the final race of the Group during which Maloney had been able to snatch the lead from Williams at the start. The veteran Maloney appeared to have the race well in control and seeking to settle himself, but as the drivers passed the pit entrance curve heading for the ‘esses’ during the third lap, Maloney miss-changed and Williams who had been in hot pursuit executed ‘clinical pass’ on the inside and never looked back, going on to win and complete a clean sweep of the races allotted to the Group. Maloney, who finished second to Williams in two of the races was still good enough to snatch the honours at stake among Group 4B competitors as he too, made a clean on an exciting day’s racing at the well-known racing facility. King finished second to Williams in the first race and went on to take top honours in Group 3 Class II for the day.
Kurt Thompson (90) performed a similar feat in Group 3 Class I. Driving the well prepared Lucozade/Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio Beauty Honda Civic CRX. Competitors seemed to have no answer to the might of the Civic, and it was a straight fight for the lesser places between Andre Waithe, Daryl Clarke and Jerry Leach.