Kristian Jeffrey of Guyana is the early leader of the 2022 Radical Caribbean Cup (RCC) after winning twice in the opening round at Bushy Park Barbados yesterday (July 10). Chief Instructor at the St Philip facility Justin Campbell was the other race winner, while Trinidad & Tobago’s Kristian Boodoosingh claimed three podium finishes in the tightest start yet for the regional series.
With the fastest lap bonus point from race one and a fourth-place finish in race two, Jeffrey leads the standings with 63 points, 15 ahead of Boodoosingh, with Campbell third just one further point adrift. In the Nations Cup, Guyana has 65 points, seven more than Barbados, with T&T third on 51 and Jamaica fourth with 24, represented by Senna Summerbell, who finished only two races.
With the fastest lap bonus point from race one and a fourth-place finish in race two, Jeffrey leads the standings with 63 points, 15 ahead of Boodoosingh, with Campbell third just one further point adrift.
Nearly two years since its last Race Meet in August 2020, Bushy Park resounded to the welcome sound of the Suzuki-powered Radicals in Free Practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings before the serious business of Qualifying. With nearly 50 laps under his belt, Jeffrey had been steadily improving, claiming pole position with a time of 58.826s, just three-hundredths quicker than 2018 RCC Champion Stuart Maloney and four-tenths ahead Mark Maloney.
In the Nations Cup, Guyana has 65 points, seven more than Barbados, with T&T third on 51 and Jamaica fourth with 24, represented by Senna Summerbell, who finished only two races.
Fresh from setting a new outright lap record at the Dover Raceway back home in Jamaica, newcomer Summerbell and ‘Boodoostig’ were even more closely matched than Jeffrey and Maloney on the front row, separated by just three-thousandths and with less than six-tenths the spread across the top five. The two Justins, in the order Campbell and Maloney, completed the grid.
With races starting from the southern grid, Jeffrey and Stuart Maloney fought hard in race one, although the positions remained the same, the Guyanese driver heading the former Champion home by half-a-second after 10 laps, gaining the bonus point for fastest lap. Mark Maloney ran third until he retired at half-distance after the oil pressure sensor tripped and put the engine in ‘safe’ mode, when Boodoosingh assumed the final podium place, having passed Summerbell on the opening lap.
Justin Maloney and Campbell sat on the front row of the reversed grid for the second race, Boodoosingh and Summerbell on row two, Stuart and Mark Maloney on row three, with Jeffrey at the back. The winner by 8secs, Mark Maloney was judged to have jumped the start and handed a 10secs penalty, dropping him to sixth. Campbell then won by nearly two-tenths, the largest margin of the day, Stuart Maloney setting the fastest lap on the way to second place, with Boodoosingh again finishing third.
The winner by 8secs, Mark Maloney was judged to have jumped the start and handed a 10secs penalty, dropping him to sixth.
Based on points scored in the first two races, Jeffrey and Stuart Maloney were on the front row for the day’s final encounter – there was just one point between them at this juncture. Campbell and Boodoosingh sat on row two, Summerbell and Justin Maloney on row three, with Mark Maloney at the back. Contact between Summerbell and Stuart Maloney at The Dipper on lap one resulted in instant retirement for both, also a disqualification for the Jamaican for causing the collision. Pressured hard by Boodoosingh, Jeffrey claimed his second win of the day, with Mark Maloney completing the podium and adding another fastest lap to bring his record to 24 since the Suzuki Challenge Series first introduced the Radicals to the region in 2015.
Article: Robin Bradford
Photos: Aaron Achan / Team Fast Parts Caribbean
Radical Caribbean Cup, Round 1
Bushy Park Barbados (July 10)
Pole – Kristian Jeffrey – GUY (Radical SR3 RSX), 58.826s, 123.007kmh/76.43mph
2nd – Stuart Maloney – BAR (VP Fuels/Chevron Radical SR3 RSX), + 0.033s
3rd – Mark Maloney – BAR (Rock Hard Cement/Bushy Park Barbados/Sign Station Radical SR3 RS), + 0.407s
4th – Senna Summerbell – JAM (Fast Parts/Garage 61/Bell Safety/RawPower Motorsports/Techpoint Tuning/Adon Group/HB4 Consulting/Richtune Radical SR3 RSX), + 0.584s
5th Kristian Boodoosingh – T&T (Fast Parts/Garage 61/RawPower Motorsports/Motul/Techpoint Tuning/Adon Group/HB4 Consulting/Richtune Radical SR3 RSX), + 0.587s
6th – Justin Campbell – BAR (Fast Parts/Garage 61/Hel Performance/Camps Auto Services/RawPower Motorsports/Techpoint Tuning/Adon Group/HB4 Consulting/Richtune Radical SR3 RS), + 1.071s
7th – Justin Maloney – BAR (Bushy Park Barbados Radical SR3 RS), + 1.840s
Race 1 (10 laps): 1st Jeffrey, 9m 57.402s; 2nd S Maloney, + 0.527s; 3rd Boodoosingh, + 6.527s; 4th Summerbell, + 7.529s; 5th Campbell, + 7.759s; 6th J Maloney, + 14.830s. DNF: M Maloney. Fastest lap: Jeffrey, 59.143s, 122.348kmh/76.02mph
Race 2 (10 laps): 1st Campbell, 11m 06.302s; 2nd S Maloney, + 0.183s; 3rd Boodoosingh, + 0.430s; 4th Jeffrey, + 0.620s; 5th Summerbell, + 1.010s; 6th M Maloney, + 1.068s; 7th J Maloney, + 14.913s. Fastest lap: S Maloney, 59.198s, 122.234kmh/75.95mph
Race 3 (10 laps): 1st Jeffrey, 11m 46.874s; 2nd Boodoosingh, + 0.699s; 3rd M Maloney, + 1.532s; 4th Campbell, + 5.748s; 5th J Maloney, + 12.160s. DNF: S Maloney. DQ: Summerbell. Fastest lap: M Maloney, 59.193s, 122.244kmh/75.96mph
Driver points after round 1:
1st Jeffrey 63 points
2nd Boodoosingh 48pts
3rd Campbell 47pts
4th S Maloney 37pts
5th J Maloney & M Maloney 24pts
7th Summerbell 22pts
Nations Cup points after round 1:
1st Guyana 65 points
2nd Barbados 58pts
3rd Trinidad & Tobago 51pts
4th Jamaica 24pts
Jul 10, Bushy Park Barbados (BPMSI); Aug 27/28, Bushy Park Barbados (BPMSI); Oct 9, Bushy Park Barbados (BPMSI); Nov 12/13, South Dakota, Guyana (GMR&SC)