The Pearl’s airstrip in St. Andrew’s was abuzz last weekend with two days of Drag Racing.
The Grenada Motor Club (GMC) welcomed thirty-three (33) race teams from Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua, Anguilla, Barbados and Grenada, for two days of racing.
Numerous race events were held on Saturday with final races held on the concluding day, Sunday to determine the top placing cars in the seven (7) speed categories.
“Races at the GMC Drags Competitions are open to street cars as well as custom built cars once they meet the stipulated safety requirements.
Race categories start at the 17 second bracket decreasing in time to the seven (7) second bracket.
Each car is required to race for a quarter mile, at their best speeds in the hope of capturing top places in their respective race classes.
The fastest cars at this event originated from Trinidad and Tobago, however, local racer Champ Maitland was an excellent contender from Grenada for placing in the nine (9) second category.
At the close of the day’s racing, the twenty five (25) foot custom-built Lumar Rail Car from Trinidad, driven by Rishi Kanick, had the best overall time of 8.1 seconds in the open class category, followed closely by ‘Royal Purple’, a Nissan Laurel driven by Trinidadian Gordon Rooks, with a time of 8.6 seconds.
Wazeer Khan, of team ‘Boost Factory’, Trinidad placed first in the 9 second category and Ajmal Mustapha driver of ‘Green Express’ placed second, Joshua Lewis from Grenada had best time in the 10 second category followed by Christian Tam from Trinidad.
In the 11 second bracket, Teerath Deosingh from Trinidad placed first followed by Renee “Buttaz” Edwards AKA Lady Horse Power from Antigua, while Cedric Johnson from Trinidad and Fabian Charles from Grenada captured first and second places respectively in the 12 second category.
Llewellyn Duncan and Denison Samuel both from Grenada took the top places in the 13–17 second class.
Kelvin Daniel of Barbados secured first place in the motor bike shootout and Kurlan Baptiste from Grenada placed second.
The final day of the event on Sunday was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, Minister for Implementation, Alexandra Otway-Noel, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GBA), Richard Strachan.
According to GMC, Public Relations Officer, Ian DaBreo, the organisers were more than delighted with the execution of the event at the Pearl’s airstrip.
“We were pleased with the participation from both the local and regional racers as well as the support received from the public which contributed to the overall success of the event”, he said.
“GMC will continue to improve on the additions made at this event and are aiming to attract even more racers to Grenada for future events” he added.
DaBreo expressed special thanks to the list of sponsors including Title Sponsor Stag, as well as Steele’s Auto Supplies, Monster Energy Drink, Waggy T Rental & Sound Co, MTV, Timbers Restaurant, Prickly Bay Marina, St. Augustine’s Medical Services, AllyDay Creative Projects, Grenada Bottling Ltd, Duty Free Caribbean and NG Electrical.
The GMC announced its plans for its second 2016 International Drags event which will be held in October 2016.