Jeffrey, Ming cop podium finishes at Barbados Speed Festival
Despite a rough outing during the qualifying rounds, the Guyanese duo of Kristian Jeffrey and Calvin Ming Jnr still managed to achieve podium finishes at the end of the Suzuki challenge series SR3 radical cup on Sunday at the Barbados Festival of Speed.
Jeffrey, a two-time Caribbean Motor Racing Champion (CMRC), used all his experience to churn out a second place finish in his debut in series while young Ming rebounded from mechanical failures to place third.
Speaking to Guyana Times Sport, a team member of Top Power Racing, a team of which Jeffrey is attached, explained that “on Saturday, the qualifying did not go well, as the radiator broke and leaked out all the water in qualifying and he only got one lap in qualifying and ended up at 7th on the grid for Sunday’s race”.
During his first race Jeffery started in seventh but quickly fought his way into fifth position as he quickly caught the Radical test driver of Jeff Abbot but Kristian made a move to pass him on the outside of corner two and Abbot pushed him wide and into the gravel trap.
In giving further details of the Jeffrey’s performance, the team member explained that “Kristian rejoined the race in last position and the race ended with him in last but Race two was a reverse of the grid and he started in position two on the grid”.
It is understood that the tack was damp in places and the race started with Abbot in the lead, Jeffery in second and Mark Maloney in third positions. The pair of Jeffery and Maloney were in a heated battle, with both drivers swapping positions a few times.
Maloney eventually took second from Jeffery, as the Guyanese was fighting an faulty car which was set for dry conditions and the track was damp in certain parts.
Maloney eventually ran-off the track which allowed Jeffery to regain second place while Ming for the most part was not in the top three, finished in third.
Ming, who is also a F1 and F4 series driver, revealed to this publication that it was a “tough weekend at the festival of speed in Barbados. Following up from car problems in qualifying as well as in race 1 we made the switch back to the 2012 model radical. Starting from the back of the grid due to the car change we were able to put our heads down to make some amazing passes to secure the final spot on the
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