(Barbados Nation) “I’m not racing in Guyana anymore.”
That’s the charge from local two-wheel drive lap-record holder Stuart Williams after the recently contested international race meet at the South Dakota Circuit, Guyana.
Williams, part of an 11-member Barbados team to Guyana to contest the third leg of the SeaBoard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC), said his decision against racing in the South American country was made after Guyana’s Mark Vierra drove into the left side of his Williams Equipment/Hilti Lotus Elise, causing extensive damage.
“Motor racing is a no-contact sport but Guyanese drivers seem to think otherwise. They think that pushing you off the track in order to win is the way to do it and I will not return to that country unless I have a clear lead in the CMRC points standings,” a visibly upset Williams said.
Williams, the son of ex-racer and former Bushy Park lap record holder Ralph “Bizzy” Williams, was on his sixth visit to Guyana and said it was not the first time that he had been at the receiving end of dirty driving tactics in Guyana.
The Lotus Elise was left with a broken rear bottom wishbone, a broken inboard constant velocity (CV) joint and extensive body damage.
“Repairs will run into thousands of dollars and it’s not what you expect at a race meet,” he said.
None of his crew wants to go back to Guyana to race unless there is a change is the organisation and attitudes of Guyana’s drivers.