RACE OF CHAMPIONS: Persaud fully geared for Group 3 action
By Avenash Ramzan
Top driver Danny Persaud is fully geared and ready to take the top podium spot when the first circuit race of 2017 is held on April 2 at the South Dakota Circuit. Persaud, who powers a Mazda Miata, is set to once again line up in the Group Three category at what is dubbed the National Race of Champions, being promoted by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club.
During an exclusive interview with News Room Sport on Thursday, Persaud pointed that his Mazda Miata is fully powered and ready for race day.
“The car performed well at the last race, we got couple second places- Paul Vieira was beating us. We didn’t do too much preparation for this race, but everything should be fine, just a little bit of tweaking and we’re hoping that we can beat him this time around,” Persaud said.
But what could Persaud do differently this year to ensure he goes one step further and take the top podium spot? “The car is all out right now, the only other thing we need really is a bigger turbo,” he intimated.
The Mazda Miata is a 1400cc Toyota 4A GE engine and is turbo charged. It is a rear wheel drive with a six-speed gearbox. Persaud said while the ultimate aim is to win, he is also looking to have some fun on the track, and he is encouraging fans to come out and witness a good day of racing.
“We are all friends and we enjoy competing against each other, and we want to encourage the fans to come out because it will be a really nice of racing,” Persaud stated.
Persaud, who is fully sponsored by Buy Me Auto Sales and Spares of 75 Garnett Street, Campbellville, will also be using the National Race of Champions to test his readiness for the first leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship on May 21 in Jamaica.
“And we will be taking part in the Group Three and the Group Four categories and it’s basically the same competitors from down here, those are the top guys, Ravi Singh and Paul Vieira, so we would get a good gauge as to where we are in this April 2 meet,” Persaud reasoned.
The National Race of Champions is expected to attract a large group of drivers and riders, while spectator turnout is also expected to be massive. The day’s activities, set to get underway at 09:00h, will be coordinated by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club in partnership with a number of sponsors.
They include Stag Beer, Exxon Mobil, Fly Jamaica, Seaboard Marine, Palm Court, Rohit Lumber Yard, Rohan Auto Sales, B.M Soat Auto Spares, Special Auto, National Hardware, Tony’s Auto Spares, Japarts, Carnival Casino, Caricom Auto Sales, S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies, Jialing, Choke Gas Station, E-Networks, Truck Masters and Prem’s Electrical.
Admission to the venue is $1,000 for adults and $500 for children under 12.