Tensions are high with just under a month to go before the final leg of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) and the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) International Race-meet.
The fourth and final CMRC leg will be the championship decider in the Group Four two-wheel drive division with a keen rivalry ongoing between Jamaican Peter Rae, Trinidad’s Franklyn Boodram and Barbados’ Mark Maloney.
Boodram and his Renault Megane leads the group with 144 points after three legs, while Maloney in his Mazda RX-3 sits second with 118 from two legs and Jamaican Peter Rae with his Mazda Rx-7 third with 108 also from two legs.
However, according to the Caribbean Motor Racing Association (CMRA), the body that manages the CMRC, in the event that there are four rounds to the championships in one calendar year, drivers will score points from their best nine finishes.
Mathematically, for Boodram to increase his points, he would need to finish either first or second or first in all three of the scheduled races. At best case scenario, (should he finish all three races in first) his championship points would total 177. At worst case, (he finishes lower than second), his points remain the same.
Maloney and Rae, on the other hand, will score points for every race they complete in the top ten. Points are awarded using the Formula 1 scoring system (25 points for 1st, 18 for 2nd, 15 for 3rd, 12 for 4th, 10 for 5th, 8 for 6th, 6 for 7th, 4 for 8th, 2 for 9th and 1 for 10th).
In a best case scenario for Boodram, both Rae and Maloney would be mathematically out of the battle.
However, at worst case, both would still have valid chances. At worst case scenario, Rae would only need to score a total of 37 points (should Maloney’s points remain the same) to take the title.
Meanwhile for Maloney, it would only take one race win and a finish above ninth to take the trophy (barring Rae’s points remain the same as well.)
There is interest from Rae and Boodram for the final leg in Guyana while there is still no word out of the Barbadian Maloney.
However, it will be photo finish come November 13 in Guyana where the fastest cars in the group will meet to settle that dispute.