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Making a guest appearance in Tobago will be out-
standing young driver Kristain Boodoosingh, who tried
to participate in D&W Events in July 2012, but was po-
litely told ... sorry, no Driver's Licence - no race!
He turned 17 in August 2012, secured his driving per-
mit shortly thereafter and was immediately accepted
as a driver.
Kristian had a great foundation in Karting from an
early age and secured several Championship Awards.
Immediately in the D&W events, he participated in the
fastest Class and was an immediate winner securing
Open Class wins and Fastest Car of the Day on numer-
ous occasions and also Driver of the Year Awards.
Kristian has since been selected by the FIA to partici-
pate in a Young Drivers Training Program in Mexico in
2014, finishing fourth out of the top sixteen in the
With tremendous support from his parents and local
FIA representative Bunny Persad, Kristian will be partic-
ipating in the FIA Formula 4 series in the coming
months in Mexico and Central America.
ALL ABOUT DRAG AND WIND
In mid-2011, a group of enthusiasts from the Au-
toSport Racing Team came up with the idea of the Drag
and Wind(ing) racing Event, a unique discipline devel-
oped when there were no racing facilities existing both
for Drag Racing and Circuit Racing. They got together
and developed the concept that would include a short
Drag Racing element and combined this with a dexter-
ity or Autocross element (the winding part) and this
being able to be staged within a safe and controlled en-
vironment in a Car Park. Thanks to the Arima Race
Club, all D&W Events have been staged in their Car
Park almost on a monthly basis.
Two cars start side by side, race along a straightaway
in the Drag segment, then come winding back, one on
the left, the other on the right, through the cones in a
slalom and maybe repeat this to allow for an approxi-
mate timed run of around sixty seconds.
And this taking the standard Drag Racing Timing
equipment with "Christmas tree" at the start, and elec-
tronic sensors at the finish to give accurate timing, and
all of this immediately displayed for everyone to see on
the Big Scoreboards.
The challenge here is that one cannot come with a
very powerful car and assume you can be the best. There
must be a true "gelling" of man and machine to emerge a
winner. So driving ability, and suspension tuning, play a
big part in being successful in this Event. Since its incep-
tion in 2011, AutoSport has been able to attract more
than 150 new and young drivers who were never able to
participate in Motor Racing Events in a safe and con-
trolled environment And this while using their standard
road car without
having to spend great sums of money
to declare themselves "a race driver."
How can we fairly run cars against each other, of
varying power, and weight, some turbo-charged and
four-wheel drive, in competition? Drivers run the course
and are classified depending on the times registered.
Currently we have cars running 60 seconds and slower
as our base Class. Then other Classes separated by one
second, e.g 59 seconds, 58 seconds, 57 seconds, coming
right down to the fastest or Open Class, which cur-
rently is around 52 seconds. We generally run up to ten
events per year and declare Champions in each Class.
AutoSport insists on Safety and total Discipline at all
times and starts their events with a drivers meeting
highlighting these fundamental requirements, and a
Prayer, and to date has had a one hundred percent
record in driver response.
Many young drivers have been exposed in these
events and some now moved on to participate, quite
successfully, in the renewed Circuit Racing Events
staged by TTASA at Waller Field.
Secretary of Auto Sport Racing Association
AutoSport Racing will participate in this the second running of the Motor Maniacs Wings and
Wheels on the 1st and 2nd August, and many of our Trini participants will be making the trip, and
hopefully have strong competition from other Tobago drivers, including Ajamal Mustapha and Skene
Howie, who regularly come to Trinidad and give our drivers some fierce competition.
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