November 20, 2009
Steve takes revenge

It was revenge for Steve “Cap” Ollivierre and the local boys when they outperformed their Barbadian counterparts at the Sol/ SVGAA Regional Race meet at the Diamond Track last weekend.{{more}}

The Bajans boasted a contingent that included Neil Armstrong, Michael Worme, Trevor “Electric Micey” Manning, Russ Woody and Karl Waterman, but still could not overcome a Vincy crew that was determined to take revenge on their lost two years ago when Armstrong took top honours.

Steve Ollivierre (20 points) edged out Barbados’ Worme, driving the Power of 5 Cot Group Subaru WRK STI into second place overall with 14 points.

Dexter Gellizeau in the Deckies Auto Zone, Right Stuff LIME Mitsubishi Evo VI, and Neil Armstrong in his Subaru WRX STI, rounded up the third and fourth spots, consecutively.

The Vincentians looked good with Frankyn King, Shaundy St Hillaire, Dominic Ollivierre, Keith Francis, Dexter Gellizeau, Tony Abbott and the grand master himself having a grand weekend on the track.

By the end of the first day, the Bajans were slightly ahead with the final event being a showdown between Ollivierre in his Digicel, East Caribbean Metals Industries, Empire-sponsored Mitsubishi Evo VIII up against Manning in his 1982 Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo.

Manning took the top honours, again edging out Ollivierre in a close race that had fans jumping.

The tables would turn on Sunday, however, with Vincentians pushing hard and putting up good resistance against the more experienced Barbadians.

Five cars, three from St. Vincent and two from Barbados, would eventually make it into the final event, minus Manning: Willie Hinds’ CITGO Peugeot, Abott’s S.G DeFreitas Mitsubishi Lancer, Karl Waterman’s Propac Toyota Starlet, Franklyn King’s Kings Auto DeFreitas Motors Hyundaiu Scoupe and Ollivierre’s Evo VIII.

The foreigners did not altogether disappoint, showing the local race fans that they were a force to be reckoned with.

Barbadians Spence Hutchinson, Greg Cozier (CITGO Ford Escort) and Karl Waterman (Propac Toyota Starlet) won the G2 C1, G2 C2 and G2 C3 classes.

Local boy King was at his best taking the G2 C4 and 4WD categories.

Automobile Association President Art Huggins expressed contentment with the way the two-day event unfolded.

He made particular reference to the local drivers who, in his opinion, performed creditably against the competition. (DD)