Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 18th 2015 Contents Local drag racing champion Dale
Mayers will transition to the water
when he throttles Rug Rat for the first
time in the Carib Great Race on Sat-
The 44-year-old has over 25 years
experience competing on the local cir-
cuit and holds the record for the fastest
RX7 in the country, finishing the quarter
mile in 9.3 seconds.
Seeking a new challenge, he pur-
chased Rug Rat, a 21 Bowen, earlier
this year and is set to compete in the
60 mph G Class.
"I just like the rush of racing so I
fell into this nicely," he said. "Nothing
can fully prepare you for the Great Race
but I m really enjoying the challenge."
Needing a driver, Mayers recruited
fellow drag racer and Great Race veteran
Andrew Savary, who will be returning
to the event for the first time since the
"That old feeling never leaves you,"
said Savary. "It s just like riding a bike."
The pair developed a good friendship
after drag racing against each other for
over a decade, which Savary felt would
serve them well on the water.
"We go back a long time so it s an
easy transition," he said. "Lots of fellas
nowadays are migrating from car racing
to boat racing... It s been a learning
experience for the both of us and I ve
been trying to prepare him mentally
for the North Coast. We ll have to take
it one wave at a time."
A mechanic by trade, Savary raced
Pyramid at the Great Race from 1984
to 1993 and has been been involved in
the preparation of several boats includ-
ing Devil Woman and Long Shot over
the years. He reckoned that Rug Rat,
which he raced once in the 1990s as
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CONGRATS: T&T's Derron Douglas, second from right, on podium after receiving
his third place medal in the boys mini-cadets World Junior Table Tennis Circuit in
Guatemala City. : ABB
Derron Douglas emerged winner of
the World Junior Table Tennis Circuit
which took place in Guatemala from
August 6-9, 2015. He was successful
despite numerous obstacles which he
and his teammates faced during the
Despite the late arrival of the team
in Guatemala City, twelve-year old
Douglas defied the odds to stunned
table tennis world with his mature level
of play as he battled against his more
experienced opponents at this level. In
the group stage he blazed pass Oscar
Davidson of Panama 11-4, 12-10, 11-
6. Douglas went under to Diego De La
Cruz of Guatemala 11-9, 12-10, 11-9
but bounce back in his third group
stage match to defeat Wilfred Chicas
also of Guatemala 11-7, 4-11, 8-11, 11-
In the quarter-finals stage Douglas
got pass Luis Ton 9 -11,11- 9,14-12,11-
9 in the semi-finals he was defeated
by the top seed Sergio Carrillo of
Guatemala 11-5, 11- 4, 11-8. Douglas
therefore had to settle for the bronze
The other members of the six-man
team fought gallantly but failed to reg-
ister victories. In the junior division
(under 18) there was Benoni Daniel and
Shaquille Mitchell. Jakeem Welch in
the boys cadets (under 15) while Jasher
DeGannes and Ackayla Lucas repre-
sented us in the girls cadets division
Douglas claims World Junior
Table Tennis Circuit bronze
Overdose, stood a good chance
against a field including Infusion
IV, Matrix Reloaded, Outcast and
Pum Pum Conqueror.
"Once the boat stays together I
think we can be some competi-
tion," he said. "It might be rough,
and on a 21-foot boat you re going
to feel everything. It s not easy to
take that beating and it will take
a toll on my old body. You need
a lot of fitness but it should be a
good challenge and I look forward
Rug Rat underwent an upgrade
recently when damage to its 350
HP Chevy engine forced Mayers
to replace it with a new 500HP
"The boat feels a lot more pow-
erful and stable in the water," he
said, adding that he could not wait
to get going on the day.
"From the word go I m not
going to be holding back."
Rug Rat banking of speed
CARIB GREAT RACE PREVIEW
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