Endurance Meet to start GMR&SC 2021 activities
The Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) is looking to get its activities back on track in 2021 and will be starting the season with the usual Endurance Meet on January 24 at the South Dakota Circuit.
The Endurance meet was one of only two events possible in the shortened 2020 season due to the pandemic, and according to GMR&SC President Rameez Mohamed, while they are still working out logistics to conform to the COVID-19 protocols, they are confident they can host a meet, but without fans.
The event will be sponsored by Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc.
Mohamed said: “2020 was a loss for us, it was touted to be a hyped year, but safety comes first, and we had ended the season early like many other sports. The good thing is that some drivers took the opportunity to work on their vehicles and make the necessary improvements, so I expect once we get on the track on the 24th it will be very exciting.”
Endurance racing is meant to test the durability of equipment and endurance of participants. Teams of multiple drivers attempt to cover a large distance in a single event, with participants given a break with the ability to change during the race. Usually, the event lasts two to three hours at South Dakota.
After the circuit event, it will be back to the much-anticipated quarter-mile strip for Drag Racing on Valentine’s Day.
“During the pandemic, with the help of Team Mohamed’s, a lot of work was done to improve on the Drag Strip. It is even better than before which also makes it much safer, which is the top priority of the club. We are seeing faster and faster cars being developed and Drag racing has really grown exponentially over the last two years. I personally, am very eager as well to launch on the improved surface.”
Mohamed could not say whether a small number of spectators would be allowed into the venue for that event, noting it will be dependent on the COVID-19 situation in the country at that point in time.
Suriname drivers would be interested, but their attendance would be dependent on the travel protocols in place.
The first Circuit race is slated for March 28, followed by round two of the Endurance on May 8 and July 4, round two of circuit racing.
An international Drag Racing meet is slated for August 15, followed by a third endurance meet on September 12 and Drag Racing on October 3.
The year-end international race meet is set for November 7 and despite the pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago competitors were willing to tour last year, had borders been open to travel.
There are also four rounds of Karting at GT Motorsports, scheduled for March 13, April 24, July 17, and August 21.