Record-breaking day of Drag Racing expected Sunday


Records are expected to tumble on Sunday when cars take to the line for round one of Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Drag Racing Championships at the South Dakota Circuit.

The latest from the track on Saturday, Team Mohamed’s Black GT-R (Goliath) ran 7.646 seconds in its second run, which is quicker than the current track record of 8.099 seconds set by the white GT-R in 2019.

However, a senior executive of the GMR&SC explained that the times achieved on Saturday will not count towards the record. “Records will be recorded on race day,” the official said.

Goliath’s slip after its second run on Saturday afternoon

A similar situation occurred in August 2019, when the rail car from Trinidad ran 7.9 seconds at a practice session, but it was not deemed the new record.

Certainly, once the weather remains conducive for racing, the record will inevitably be broken, especially since the white GT-R is pipped to dip below the seven-second marker, based on tons of track preparation spearheaded by Team Mohamed’s.

The big battle will be Goliath and the Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc. powerful Toyota Supra, which is now owned by Harold Hopkinson.

However, on Saturday afternoon the Supra encountered issues on track. According to the management of the Supra, the car was engulfed in flames after a “fantastic run” under the piloting of Denzel Hopkinson.

They further explained they have returned to the mechanic shop with the hope of finding the fault and getting the machine back on the track on Sunday.

The S&D Performance powered Supra encountered some issues on track on Saturday, and it’s now a race to compete on Sunday

Earlier this week, Hopkinson said the car will go below eight-seconds, which sets up a mouth-watering battle between the two rival camps.

Additionally, Team Mohamed’s Nismo, which will be driven by principal Azruddin Mohamed, is expected to go below eight seconds as well. So there could big clashes with the Supra and even an in-house showdown between Goliath and the Nismo.

On Friday, GMR&SC President Rameez Mohamed indicated that all systems are a go for the event, which will be the second official event for the club during the pandemic.

He was hyped over the prospects of the swift times expected on Sunday, given both the modifications to the machines and the track preparation.

Only a limited number of tickets were allowed to be sold due to COVID-19 protocols and the club indicated the remaining amount will be sold at the gate on Sunday.

Tickets for adults cost $2,000 each, while children are $500 and VIP $8,000. The 70 VIP tickets are already sold out.

The club explained: “VIP tickets will cover your entry into the venue and gives you VIP seating access only. Patrons are advised to take along their own food and drinks. The VIP will be located directly behind the launch area and is undoubtedly the best seat in the house.”

Those unable to secure tickets can follow E-Networks’ live stream, from their television, mobile device or the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club Facebook page.

The stream starts at 14:00h.

According to the club, persons heading to the track on Sunday are strongly advised to use the Linden Highway entrance due to the airport entrance being in a poor state.

The long list of sponsors includes: L. Mahabeer and Sons Cambio, Cyril’s Transportation Services, E-Networks, First Class Auto Sales, GUYOIL (Castrol), Homeline Furnishing, Imran Auto Works. KFC, KGM Security, Land Star Drilling Company, MMD Hollow Blocks and Pavers, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Motor Trend Service Center, Modern Building Solutions, NALICO/NAFICO, Panko Steel Fabrication, Power Tech Sound Company, Prem’s Electrical, Ready Mix Concrete, Rush Energy Drink, Samaroo Investments Inc., Secure Innovations & Concepts Inc., STAG Beer, Trans Pacific Motor Spares & Auto Sales, Truck Master, UNICOM – United Commodities, West Coast Customs Wash Bay and Windjammer Hotel.

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