A four man strong Team Barbados' cars were loaded into containers today bound for the Dover Raceway and Round 1 of the 2013 Seaboard Marine CMRC Series.
In the big juice Class, Doug & Mark Maloney are both prepared to take the challenge to all comers and look forward to returning to Dover for the fifth time, having missed out on the action last year.
Mark's sweet sounding RX3 now sings a different note, having switched from the aspirated 20B to the turbocharged 13B version of the rotary engine. "I have always relished the challenge of driving at Dover and the car is now a lot more suited to that type of track, so I'm looking forward to taking the fight to guys and putting on a good show for the fans". Mark said.
Sporting new livery, Doug's 1.8L Audi Quattro will be making it's 2013 debut and fully expects to lower his previous best lap time, having come just two hundredths of a sec off Roger Mayers' (then) lap record at the car's last outing on the South Dakota circuit for the final leg of the 2012 Series.
Joining the big boys and competing in the Seaboard Marine Group 2 Series are the Thomson brothers, Kurt & Mark. Reigning Overall Seaboard Group 2 Champion, Mark, will be back in his 1.6L Toyota Starlet while Kurt, runner-up to Sebastian Rae, will be piloting a 2.0L Honda Civic, a switch from the CRX he campaigned last year. Both cars are leading their respective Classes locally with Mark registering the fastest lap of a car on road tyres in his last outing at Bushy Park. Both cars are superbly prepared and ready for battle. 2012 Overall Bushy Park Champion, Kurt is full of confidence, saying "I had problems with the CRX last year so I was not able to run out front with the likes of Kyle and Alan. That's where I aim to be this time around and I hope they join the Series. I don't want to only win in the Championship, but outright. They are fast, but so is the Civic. I'm ready for battle".
Mark 'Ointment' is just as confident, saying "I'm looking forward to getting some competition. I hope the guys are better prepared than last year. I like to mix it up, like winning, but I also like to be challenged. Last year I got to the front of my Group and had to use my brother in the higher Class to keep my adrenaline pumping. He was having problems and held me up even though I gave him a few taps (gentle of course) to let him know I was trying to get by".
May 26 can't come fast enough.
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