Suzuki Challenge Series leaders Esuf and Wood ready for finale

Thursday, 27th October 2016

SCS-16-11: October 25, 2016

Suzuki Challenge Series points leaders Suleman Esuf and Ryan Wood are ready to “push hard” at
Bushy Park Barbados next Sunday (October 30) as a packed programme of day and night racing
brings the SCS Summer Season to a close. The eight-hour programme, which starts at 2.00pm, also
includes Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) Handicap Races on two and four wheels and Dragwarz
3 action from the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD).
Esuf, who is in his debut season of track racing, has made a big impression in the SR3 Cup, carrying
the fight to the more experienced racers in the field, lead by Mark, Sean and Stuart Maloney. Since
bursting on to the scene with a new Qualifying Record and debut race win in the first round of the
Winter Cup in January, Esuf has started from pole position three times in six rounds – the only driver
to claim more than one pole – won two races, set four fastest laps and finished in the top three a
further four times.
He leads the SR3 Cup for Suzuki-powered Radical SR3 sports-racers with 112 points, nine ahead of
Stuart Maloney, the only man to have won more than one race in the Summer Season, after his hattrick
of victories in round 1 on Easter Monday. David Simpson, who claimed his first win in September,
is third with 93 points, one ahead of Reigning Champion Sean Maloney, who won the second
September race. Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey and British racer James Abbott bring the number of racewinners
this year to six.
With four races in a day for the first time and a potential maximum of 100 points on offer, Esuf will
have his work cut out, especially as he has not raced under floodlights before, but he is prepared for
the task: “This will be the first time for me in night racing and, yes, I am looking forward to the
challenge. I believe the motor will work better in the cooler conditions, so hopefully we get a good
turn out. My plan for the day is to give it my best and push hard from the get go.”
In the Swift Cup, Team Digicel’s ‘Woody’ is under rather less pressure, despite a very high level of
competition in the 11 races run so far this year – five different drivers have already won, with a further
seven having placed in the top three. With 193 points, he leads Jason Parkinson (Team Infra
Rentals/Sol) by 26; Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance, 136pts) and Kenrick Husbands (Team
Williams Industries, 96pts) are the only others with a mathematical chance of taking the title. Now in
his second season, Read remains the most successful Swift Cup driver not yet to have won, Kyle
Catwell (Team ICBL), Husbands and Aaron Parris (Team RBC) having claimed maiden wins this year.
Of Sunday’s final encounter, ‘Woody’ says: “Night racing for me is more challenging, due to the
reflection from the floodlights and the brake lights from other competitors, along with seeing the
apex of each corner; however, I still enjoy it, because it's cooler . . . and I like to be challenged. The
difference between the day and night racing is knowing what the car will be doing under you; the
track temperature is cooler and tyres and brakes don't heat up as quickly, allowing you to push
harder.
“I will be bringing my A game again. My plan for the day is to try and qualify in the top three and to
maintain my gap on Jason and Josh. But, whether I win or lose, the aim is to have fun and keep the
sport in motorsport! Oh, and this joker ain't taking the Joker Lap twice for fun again - it will be action
from lights out to chequered flag.”
Swift Cup
2.00pm – Practice; 2.20pm – Qualifying; 3.50pm – Race 1 (8 laps); 5.00pm – R2 (8 laps); 7.10pm – R3
(8 laps); 8.20pm – R4 (6 laps)
SR3 Cup
2.10pm – Practice; 2.30pm – Qualifying; 4.10pm – Race 1 (10 laps); 5.20pm – R2 (10 laps); 7.30pm – R3
(10 laps); 8.35pm – R4 (10 laps)
Swift Cup – provisional entry list, round 5:
1 Kristian Jeffrey - GUY (Team Suzuki)
2 Daryl Clarke (Team Digicel)
3 Ryan Wood (Team Digicel)
4 Jason Parkinson (Team Infra Rentals/Sol)
5 Josh Read (Team Massy United Insurance)
6 Kenrick Husbands (Team Williams Industries)
7 Barry Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products)
8 Pascal Calvel – MTQ (Team Suzuki)
9 Carlos Edwards (Team Rock Hard Cement)
10 Kyle Catwell (Team ICBL)
12 Timothy Stewart - JAM (Team Simpson Finance)
Swift Cup - points after round 4: 1st Wood 193 points; 2nd Parkinson 167pts; 3rd Read 136pts; 4th
Husbands 96pts; 5th Dane Skeete (Team Simpson Finance) 77pts; 6th C Edwards 66pts; 7th Ryan
Peyrau – T&T (Team Suzuki) 63pts; 8th Clarke 62pts; 9th Arron Parris (Team Bushy Park) 56pts; 10th
Catwell 55pts; 11th Calvel 44pts; 12th B Gale 38pts; 13th David Summerbell Jnr (Team Simpson
Finance) 18pts; 14th Derek Edwards (Team Digicel) 15pts; 15th Rhett Watson (Team ICBL) 14pts; =
16th Freddie Gale (Team Gale’s Agro Products) & Jeffrey 4pts; 18th Stewart 2pts
SR3 Cup – provisional entry list, round 4:
5 David Coelho - T&T
7 David Simpson
10 Calvin Ming - GUY
14 Suleman Esuf
16 Stuart Maloney
22 Sean Maloney
58 Mark Vieira – GUY
86 Mark Maloney
261 Kristian Jeffrey - GUY
SR3 Cup – points after round 3: 1st Esuf 112 points; 2nd Stuart Maloney 103pts; 3rd Simpson 93pts;
4th Sean Maloney 92pts; 5th M Maloney 75pts; 6th Jeffrey 59pts; 7th Vieira 30pts; 8th Coelho 28pts;
9th James Abbott - ENG 27pts; 10th Ming 24pts; 11th Jack Manchester – ENG 8pts
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