Team Wreckers wins GMR&SC season-opening Endurance Race
The season-opening Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Endurance Race meet got off to a flying start on Sunday with Team Wreckers winning the overall trophy. Returning to a three-hour format for the first time in many years, the event was sponsored by Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc.
Thirty-five cars lined up on the grid for the 14:00h start and when the dust settled, it was the Team Wreckers squad of Anand Ramchand and Adrian Fernandes that emerged champions, completing a total of 116 laps, one more than the team of Sean Bacchus.
Both cars were a part of the 1501-1600cc class.
Speaking after the event, Fernandes said, “I am dedicating this win to the late Anil Persaud. Despite him being from another team he always helped where he could have before and even on race day. To his family and friends, we dedicate this win.”
The Team Wreckers’ car, which is also under the sponsorship of AJM and Vitality Inc., had a tense battle with Shan Seejatan and Nyron Maraj, all three completing 108 laps with 10 minutes remaining.
However, both Seejatan and Maraj suffered mechanical issues which caused them to pit and eventually fall behind, both men still completing the three-hour event.
In the 0-1500cc class, Narendra Mangar took the top spot after completing 112 laps ahead of Naresh Alves (109 laps) and Troy Muir (101) in that order, while Mohamed Roshandin (103) laps finished behind Fernandes and Bacchus in the 1501-1600cc class.
In the 1601–2000cc class, Richard Hamid of Team First Class completed 114 laps ahead of Ryan Rahman (107 laps) and Bishram Rajaram (28) laps.
Zafeer Khan finished third in the Unlimited class with 93 laps behind Seejatan (second with 111 laps) and Maraj (first with 114 laps). Seejatan with a 1:22.480s was the fastest lap of the day.
GMR&SC President Rameez Mohamed commended the participants for ensuring that all the COVID-19 protocols were adhered to.
“I also want to thank all the marshals and volunteers for today’s (Sunday’s) event. We could not have pulled it off without you and moving ahead with our 2022 plan, it is integral that we have your support,” he said.
The next proposed event of the GMR&SC is a circuit race planned for March, subject to the approval of the COVID-19 Task Force, and Mohamed is optimistic that request would be granted.
“I feel we have done a good job today in adhering to the no spectator and other rules set out by the Task Force.”
He added that the club will return to the Task Force to seek permission for that event.