Jamaica’s William Myers is the new Radical Caribbean SR3 Cup (RCC) Champion, clinching the title in last weekend’s (November 16/17) final round at South Dakota, organised by the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC).
In a text-book demonstration of consistency, he claimed the regional title in its second year, with nine podiums in the 12 races and fourth-placed finishes in the other three. Despite failing to win in his rookie season, Myers beat reigning champion and three-time race-winner Stuart Maloney to the title by seven points.
The double Jamaica Race Drivers’ Club (JRDC) MP2 champion had signalled his intentions from early, when he topped the times in the first of two free practice sessions at the opening RCC round at Bushy Park Barbados in April. Always at the sharp end of the action, the newcomer finished third twice, then second in the day’s final race, ending the day second on points to Mark Maloney and establishing himself as a title challenger. Having never slipped below third in the standings and trailing Stuart Maloney by just one point ahead of last weekend’s finale, a trio of third-place finishes was enough for victory.
Racing at South Dakota for the first time, British F4 champion Zane Maloney added two more victories to his round three Bushy Park hat-trick, making him the season’s most successful driver in terms of race wins, with five. It could have been six, but for he and his uncle Mark being excluded from the results of the final race for failing to attend the weighbridge after the finish. The GMR&SC also presented Zane with a plaque for setting a new outright lap record for the 0.78-mile circuit during Saturday’s qualifying, at a time of 32.74s, representing an average speed of 85.75mph (137.99kmh).
That pole position time placed him comfortably ahead of the field, nearly eight-tenths quicker than Trinidad & Tobago’s Luke Bhola, second an improvement on his previous best grid position of fifth. Lone Guyanese driver Kristian Jeffrey was third, just a further three-hundredths adrift. Bhola’s team-mate Kristian Boodoosingh equalled his best qualifying result with fourth, while title contenders Myers and Maloney lined up on row three, three-tenths apart. Mark and Sean Maloney – each had headed the points table earlier in the season – were on row four, with Jamaica’s Horatio Brown at the back.
Sunday’s first of three 15-lap races was the only one run in the dry, but the 16-year-old Maloney did not make the best of his pole position, leaving work to do to pass drivers with more experience of the venue and fight back through the field. He crossed the line 2.6secs ahead of Bhola, who translated his best qualifying performance in to his first podium finish. Myers completed the podium ahead of title rival Stuart Maloney, assuming the series lead by two points, an advantage increased to 14 when Maloney was excluded from the results at post-race scrutineering for being underweight, promoting hometown boy Jeffrey to fourth place, after recovering from an early spin.
The reverse grid for race two had Brown and Sean Maloney on the front row, with the title contenders fourth and fifth. In a wet race, with lap times around 3secs off qualifying pace, Zane Maloney claimed his second win of the day, 7.4secs ahead of Boodoosingh, with Myers third again, increasing his margin over Stuart Maloney, who finished fourth, to 17 points.
Based on points scored in the first two races, Zane Maloney and Myers were on the front row for the day’s final encounter, with Stuart Maloney and Bhola on row two. In conditions worse than for race two, Zane Maloney, a self-confessed fan of racing in the wet, was followed across the line by his uncles Mark and Stuart, the trio covered by less than nine-tenths. When the winner and second-place finishers failed to report to the weighbridge, however, the reigning champion inherited the win, by 1.8secs from Boodoosingh, whose result kept him ahead of Zane Maloney to finish third in the title chase. Finishing third once again clinched the title for Myers, bringing the regional series to an appropriate conclusion with a Barbadian, a Jamaican and a Trinidadian finishing in the top three places following a final round staged in Guyana.