When race fans trek to the Bushy Park, St. Philip raceway this Sunday, one particular battle in the third and final round of the Beacon Insurance-sponsored Barbados Auto Racing League race meet is guaranteed to intrigue them.
A keen battle is expected to ensue between brother’s Kurt and Mark Thompson. Both are locked in a close race for the overall championship title. This will mark the first time in the history of the club that two brothers will be in such a close contest to determine who will wear the coveted title of champion driver. As a result fans can expect to see fierce competition from these two who will no doubt be looking to get the better of each other from the opening bell of the contest.
Kurt will take to the start line in his BARL Group 3 Honda Civic on 136 points to his credit, while his younger brother Mark “Ointment” Thompson will be behind the wheel in his well-prepared Toyota Starlet with 133 points.
Fresh from their impressive performances in the first leg of the annual Caribbean Motor Racing Championships in Jamaica earlier this month, both will be looking to continue from where they left off when they had the Jamaican spectators at the edge of their seats and the commentators searching for words to describe their breathtaking performances. Also in with a very good chance of snatching the overall title from the Thompsons is William Jones in the Nissan 120 Y.
Jones is some 29 points adrift of Mark Thompson with114 points and could still challenge for the title should either of the brothers fail to gain any additional points. Right on his heels is Harry Thomas in a Honda Civic with exactly 100 points, followed closely by his BARL 2B competitor Peter Small in his Honda Civic on 96.5 points. Also in contention is Samuel Mayers in a Nissan with 96 points.
Fans can also look for a straight fight between two former BARL champions Kenrick “Snappa” Husbands in his Toyota Starlet and Jason Harewood, also behind the wheel of a Toyota Starlet. Both competitors are on 117 points each and will no doubt be slugging it out to the wire.
Jerry Leach in his speedy Honda Civic is also expected to make winning difficult for Kurt Thompson in the BARL Group 3 class and could be a contender for the overall championship title. It is highly unlikely that the leaders will fail to add to their tally.
Sunday’s farewell meet at Bushy Park should be a blast.