September 25, 2016

Ramkumar emerges champion rider of first leg

Corona Beer Grasstrack Championship Series…

By Avenash Ramzan

After a day of heated battle among some of the country’s top grasstrack bikers, Ravin Ramkumar emerged as the points’ leader heading into the second round of the Corona Beer Grasstrack Championship Series at the Ogle Community Centre ground on Sunday.

Chief coordinator Sheik Yaseen (left) of Sheik Yaseen Promotions presents the first leg champion trophy to Ravin Ramkumar

Chief coordinator Sheik Yaseen (left) of Sheik Yaseen Promotions presents the first leg champion trophy to Ravin Ramkumar

Part of the action on Sunday at the Ogle Community Centre ground (Avenash Ramzan photo)

Part of the action on Sunday at the Ogle Community Centre ground (Avenash Ramzan photo)

On a day blessed with glorious sunshine and a large and a colourful crowd in attendance, Sheik Yaseen Promotions in collaboration with Corona Beer and a plethora of corporate entities pulled off the first in a series of six championships this year to determine the overall champion grasstrack rider in Guyana.
Ramkumar has already placed himself as a front-runner, amassing 65 points, five ahead of second place Andrew Wong. Ramkumar, a novice rider, had an impressive outing, chalking up one win and three second place finishes in the four professional races. Wong won three races and gained 60 points.
According to the points’ structure, a win equates to 20 points, second 15 points and third 10 points. Points were only awarded in the professional segment.
Other top riders of the professional category were Avo Ramkumar (two third places), Raj Rajkarran (two third and one fourth), Stephen deNobrega (two fourth, one second and one third) and Mark ‘007’ (one fourth).
There were also three novice races, one for newcomers and another for Chappy bikes.
Ravin Ramkumar made a clean sweep of the novice category, while Raj Rajkarran managed two second and a third, Avo Ramkumar one third, Daniel Hardeen three fourth, Steve deNobrega one second, and Vickash Ramkumar one third.
In the newcomer race, Hardeen took the top spot, leaving Donald Ally and Andy Rajkarran Jr to settle for second and third positions respectively.
At the conclusion of the day’s activity, chief coordinator Sheik Yaseen of Sheik Yaseen Promotions said the event was a grand success, noting that it lays the foundation for even greater participation of bikers and spectators at other upcoming meets in the series.
Apart from the races, eight persons were inducted into the first-ever grasstrack Hall of Fame in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the sport of grasstrack racing as an organiser and former racer.
The inductees were Terrence Clarke, Kevin Jeffrey, Stanley Ming, Ray Rahaman, Victor Pires, Mahesh Premsukh, Mazar Mazarally and Brian McIntosh. Yaseen explained that all these former bikers were champions during their time, and are all well respected individuals in the grasstrack fraternity.
Corona Beer apart, the other companies on board were Air Services Limited, Palm Court, Jags Aviation, Crazy Auto Works, Regal Stationery, Auto Fashion, Steve’s Jewellery, Trophy Stall, Andy’s Auto Electrical and Southern Tropical Timbers.
The series will continue on May 1 at Hampton Court, Essequibo. Other events are planned for Berbice, Enterprise and Linden, before the riders return to the Ogle Community Centre for the grand finale.  (aramzan@guyanatimesgy.com)

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