Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) will launch its 2016 Championship on Thursday with a meet and greet at Automotive Art, Welches, ahead of the Glassesco Valvoline John “Tiny” Harrison Memorial Race Meet scheduled for March 26 and 28.
Thursday’s event is planned for three hours from 4:30 p.m., featuring race bikes and cars on display and the chance for fans to mix with the riders and drivers to hear their plans for the new season.
Meanwhile, the BPMSI has revised its vehicle regulations during the close season, bringing the group titles and eligibility more in line with those of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC). The new rules will first come in to play over the Easter weekend. Alongside the opening round of the BPMSI’s 2016 Championships for cars and bikes, the Easter fixture will include the Suzuki Challenge Series, with one round on Monday for the SR3 Cup and a double-header on both days for the Swift Cup.
Chairman of BPMSI Sean Maloney said: “It has been a long time since most of our members last saw action, so everyone is really looking forward to the start of the new season. We have 17 races planned over the two days, that’s more than 150 laps of racing, so I think we’ve got a great package to offer competitors and fans.
“I must thank our sponsors for the second year, Glassesco and Automotive Art, through the Valvoline brand, for helping us honour “Tiny’s” name. He was a legend in island motor sport, a passionate believer in giving back, and someone who would always do anything in his power to help a struggling competitor.”
In addition to aligning the groups more closely to those of the CMRC, the revised structure of rules being introduced by BPMSI is intended to create closer competition and encourage more participation in the lower-capacity classes.
While using one of last year’s titles, Clubman is a new class for standard cars up to 1400cc. Group 1, split into Classes 1 & 2, replaces the former up to 2-litre Clubman 1 & 2 classes, although multi-valve modified engines are no longer allowed. Group 2, split into Classes 1, 2 & 3, replaces the former Modified Production 1, 2 & 3, catering for over 2000cc cars semi-modified cars.
Group 3, Class 2 falls in line with CMRC Group 2, while Group 3, Class 3 is for CMRC Group 3 cars. Group 4 remains as before, with the CMRC now falling in line for 2016 and adopting a split of classes between two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive.
The BPMSI competition secretary Simon Gillmore explained: “We felt it made more sense to return to using group titles, rather than the new names we had introduced in 2014, having heard feedback from members and spectators. It also helps to bring us in line with the CMRC, which we hope will encourage everyone in the region to eventually do the same. In addition, modifications to engines and cars allowed in some classes have been changed to tighten the performance of the different models.”
Saturday’s racing runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with gates opening at 10 a.m. and on Monday, the action goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the gates opening 9 a.m.