Team Nexus repeats; Gizmos & Gadgets back to winning ways
By Avenash Ramzan
Team Nexus made it two wins in two in the 600lb Class and Gizmos and Gadgets/iRide returned to the top podium spot in the 500lb Class on Friday night when the fourth Endurance Rental Cup, organised by the GT Motorsports came off at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC).
Team Nexus, comprising the youth of Steven Nobrega and Matthew Phang and the experience of Gregory Haniff Mohamed, racked up 58 laps at the conclusion of 45 minutes of racing, making a successful defence of the 600lb Class title they first won at the last race meet in March.
Team Speed, with the likes of GMR&SC president Rameez Mohamed, Kamal Seebarran and Raymond Seebarran, occupied second position with 57 laps, slightly ahead of Team E-Racing (Denzel Hopkinson, Marcel Profitt and Jason Gonsalves), also with 57 laps. Debutants Team Unruly (Phillip Paruag, Michael Khan and Timothy Jadubal) turned in a creditable performance, finishing fourth with 56 laps.
In the 500lb Class, Gizmos and Gadgets/iRide once again proved their prowess, competing 60 laps and cruising to a third title in four events. The team of Nobrega, Matthew Phang and John Phang also won the first two events in January and February.
Team CDR (Clint Seebarran, Dharmendra Dharmo and Raymond Seebarran) finished second, followed by the Vieiras (Mark, Matthew and Emma) powering Team Palm Court. Team GFX Racing, with the likes of Luis Antonio Kumar, Rohindra Mahase and Sean Charles, had an impressive start on the first leg, but lost valuable time through a mishap involving Kumar. They eventually finished fourth.
There were also four sprint races on the night, with the winners being determined by the fastest lap times. Below are the results.
Race 1– Matthew Phang (43.061s); Matthew Vieira (43.136s); Steven Nobrega (43.615s)
Race 2– Rohindra Mahase (43.636s); Raymond Seebarran (44.171s); Gregory Haniff Mohamed (44.183s)
Race 3– Emma Vieira (43.396s); Mark Vieira (43.427s); Jason Gonsalves (44.339s)
Race 4– Timothy Jadubal (44.452s); Sunil Persaud (45.039s); Delmar Rogers (45.178s)
The All Girls race, held for the first time at GT Motorsports, attracted eight competitors. The youngest of them all, nine-year-old Paige Mendonca, was too good for the field, winning the event quite easily. Macalie Rahaman and Alexandra Phang took second and third spots respectively.
The Hall of Fame race for elder drivers was won by Ray Rahaman, who rolled back the years with some aggressive driving, leaving Jad Rahaman to take second, Harold Hopkinson third and Terrence Clarke a distant fourth.
The event was sponsored by Secure Innovations and Concepts (Harold Hopkinson), Karcher, E-Networks and the Track Bar.