Danny Persaud top Guyanese at Barbados International Race Meet
Report and Photography by Akeem Greene in Barbados
On a day where mechanical problems were a sore point for Guyanese competitors, Group Three driver Danny Persaud worked in overdrive to ensure he did not have shortened stints at Barbados’ Williams Industries International Race Meet at Bushy Park on Sunday.
With his Mazda Miata, Persaud pressed hard to secure the lone first place finish by a Guyanese in his final race. He clocked a best time of 1:06.872s to upstage locals Suleman Esuf and Kenrick Husbands.
In his first race, he managed a third, finishing behind Esuf and Husbands, while in his second race, he spun out on approach to the first turn.
Speaking to News Room Sport, Persaud credited a desire not to give up despite facing some issues with his machine and added it was an honour to take the chequered flag and deliver a win for Guyana.
Additionally, Rameez Mohamed copped a second place finish in Group Two Class Two, according to the grid sheet.
Mohamed, who drove splendidly to move from a qualifying spot of sixth into a podium spot, suffered engine failure in the dying moments of the race and was unable to compete for the rest of the day.
In his final Group Four race of the day, Andrew King, who entered Sunday’s proceeding second on the grid, managed to cop second in the three-man race which was won by Jamaican Kyle Gregg in his Radical RXC.
King had recovered from a blown differential to provide a drive which he stated was “very competitive” given the circumstances. Mohan Rangasammy, on his maiden stint to Bushy Park, had a fair share of issues, but said he the experience stood him well as he heads to home turf competition in November.
On the Radical end, Team Kristian Jeffrey spent most the of the afternoon attempting to rectify problems. When one was solved another arose.
The most frustrating issues were with the gears, which hampered Jeffrey whenever he began applying pressure on a talented field.
The problems mounted to the extent Jeffrey was unable to compete in the final race and had to watch from the side-lines as budding global star Zane Maloney made a dominant clean sweep. Jeffrey copped two fifths after starting the grid in sixth.
The Radical SR3 Caribbean Cup will head to Guyana on November 16 and 17 for the final leg at South Dakota Circuit.