The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs recognises the importance of nurturing all sporting disciplines as a critical tool for social development. As such, the Division was pleased to support the Tobago Motorsport Association (TMA) in its staging of “Motor Warz 1.5” on Saturday November 2, 2019. It was the second event hosted by the Association this year which brought car enthusiasts from across the country to the parade grounds of the Dwight Yorke Stadium for an evening of full throttle action.
Approximately 30 vehicles competed against each other for trophies and bragging rights in exciting events which included Drifting and “Drag and wind” competitions. There were also timed obstacle course races in addition to a thrilling Go Kart exhibition. Drivers of various classes executed high speed maneuvers to display precision, technique and dexterity.
TMA member Randell Thomas emphasised, “We’re trying to do more events like these to take some of the unsafe behaviour off the streets. Here we have a controlled environment where you can come and race and be a part of something that enjoyable, yet regulated. This is a sport many people enjoy and it can create a lot of economic and social opportunities for us here in Tobago.”
Jevaune Stewart of Optimum Cooling, took home the trophy in 60 second category. She was one of only two female drivers participating in the entire event. Following her race, Jevaune shared, “There aren’t many females in this kind of sport and I want to encourage them to try it. Personally, I use it as a stress reliever. It also helps with your reflexes and it brings people together.” Similarly, another competitor, Lyle Roberts, also highlighted the value of having avenues like this one. “People who are into cars usually don’t have a safe outlet for that passion. So, it’s great to have activities like this where we can all come, do what we love and network at the same time,” he noted.