Whittaker out front again

Gary 'GJ' Whittaker has been the man to beat all season.

Gary ‘GJ’ Whittaker came out on top for the second straight round of the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association’s 2017 national championships on 16 July.

Unlike the first race day when he swept the competition in the expert class, Whittaker was forced to prove his mettle after a second-place finish in the first moto in South Sound. The Nuttin 2 Lose rider completed the first race behind Vanjae Ramgeet but stamped his dominance on the field in the following two races to finish first overall on his Yamaha.

Ramgeet, who also had sixth and second place finishes, was second overall in the expert class for the second consecutive round for BYP Racing. Another Nuttin 2 Lose rider, John Crossan, who was consistent (5th, 3rd, 4th) did enough to finish third on the day.



In the amateur class, Ramgeet was the top dog. He won two of the three motos and finished second in the other behind Seijie Groome of Proven Performance. Overall, Ramgeet was first and Groome second, with Matthew Panton (Nuttin 2 Lose) third. Panton won the class in round one on 26 March.

It was a big day for Nuttin 2 Lose, as Anthony Logan left nothing on the water to sweep the novice class. Aaron Miller, with a second place and two third place finishes on the day, was second overall ahead of his Turn’t Up Racing teammate Thase Watler, who was third overall to match his round one finish.

Tianna Ramgeet of RTP RAM-TECH Racing left the guys in her wake as she won all three motos in the beginner class. She improved on her second-place showing back in March in the absence of Jamal McLean, the round one winner.



Good 2 Go Racing’s Jevon Eden was second all day in the beginner class and Kyle McLean of BYP racing picked up his second third place finish of the championship series.

See detailed results: Winners Race Day 2 July 16th 2017

International Jet Sports Boating Association announcer, Dawn Dawson doubled up as emcee and race director.


“I would give it two thumbs up,” Dawson said of the event, adding that the CIWA does a good job of following international rules and running a smooth and safe event.

“I love how organised they are and I also love how caring they are. They really love the riders, they take great care with them and they make sure these riders are well-trained so when the go to a world class event, they are very competitive,” she said.

The next race of the season is scheduled for Sunday, 27 July, at Morritt’s in East End.

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