Day 4: Sunday 28 April
The final day began with the drivers’ briefing while electricians were abuzz restoring power to the control tower. After this, local government officials endorsed the motorsport tourism initiative, commended the management team, greeted all the drivers and officially opened the competition. The action came fast and furiously as each country’s team battled for dominance in their brackets but then later that evening, the rains made a return. At least, enough of the competition was completed that the bracket champions could be determined. The management team decided that this would be a perfect opportunity to park the cars tightly on the racetrack and invite the crowds for their largest meet and greet ever.
In summary, a satisfied Rawle Mahabir of AutoSport Promotions remarked:
AutoSport takes great pleasure in working alongside Neil Beepat and his Absolute Promotions Team [and] in continuing to build on this international event in St. Lucia. Of all the tracks we have been to throughout the Caribbean, this disused runway is undoubtedly the best quarter-mile track with more than adequate run-off for the fastest cars in the region.The St. Vincent competitors displayed true team spirit and stuck together as they ensured full support for [whomever] was going out for the next run. The Trinis were just going for the kill and some suffered in the process. The St. Lucians were just waiting for the collateral damage and moved in to take podium positions, and Grenada still hung in with Alan McIntyre claiming second place in the nine-second class. When at the end of Sunday’s racing, the prevalent question being asked is ‘When is the next event?’ you know that this one was a real success. St. Lucia just cannot continue to have one international event a year. The competitors love this track and the nodal location. With its close proximity to seaport, airport, hotels and guesthouses, it is just great. We shall not forget the comments made by the two ministers present at the closing prize-giving function, both committing the government to become more involved…
Check out the results below to see how they all stacked up:
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