With the unenviable reputation of being regarded as one of the best drivers to come out of Guyana, an affirmation that has been uttered both locally and regionally, former Group 4 champion Andrew King speaking with E2 yesterday, said he is racing against the clock to complete a new engine that is presently being built in Miami, USA.
King, who pilots a tube-framed Mazda RX 7, disclosed the team is hoping that the turbo-charged engine will arrive in Guyana in time for the upcoming March 20, National ‘Race of Champions’ Meet which is being organised by the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club.
The Meet is being staged to select the Guyana team that will participate in the season opening Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) slated for May in Jamaica.
The resilient motor racer, who has been in the sport for over two decades, has been a significant member of the Guyana team at the CMRC, using his vast experience and ability to earn valuable points for them over the years and according to him, he will be vying for a spot on the team to tour this year.
King, who revealed that modification on the car had started since last November did confirm that he will be on the grid racing against the best the country has to offer and assured his loyal fan that he will be competitive come race day.
“We are hoping that the new engine arrives in time for the race Meet, this more than likely will be confirmed by weekend when we expect it to be finished building and hopefully the tuning as well,” King disclosed.
According to King, the manufacturers are pushing hard to complete the job in time for the Meet where he is expected to face the likes of the returning Mark Vieira, Irfaan Klamadeen, Kevin Jeffrey and the ‘new kid on the block’ Kristian Jeffrey, the reigning Caribbean King of motor racing.
Guyana is the defending champions, winning the overall CMRC title for the past two years, while the young Jeffrey has also won the title two years in succession.
Meanwhile, among the sponsors on board to date are GTT and Fly Jamaica and admission to the races is $1000 for adults and $500 for children under the age of 12 years.
Starting time is 09:30 hrs