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Nyron Maraj’s EP82 Toyota Starlet. (GTCallouts photo)
Nyron Maraj’s EP82 Toyota Starlet. (GTCallouts photo)

Two-wheel daredevil to make race car debut this weekend

THIS weekend’s Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club Endurance race meet is a chance for many to return to motorsport, but it is also the chance for one newcomer to make a smooth transition. Nyron Maraj, a former biker will be on debut at the helm of a Toyota EP82 starlet, a drastic change from those who know the Kitty resident.
Maraj is no stranger to speed, having lived most of his life aboard two-wheeled monsters but this weekend’s change represents a turning point in his motorsport life.
Speaking to the media earlier this week, the proprietor of Trini’s Auto Works plans to use this weekend’s event as a benchmark for his new EP82 project.
“I am not going to set records. That is not my goal. My goal is to complete the race,” said Maraj, who enters the Unlimited class with Raymond Seebaran.

He continued, “The Endurance is not about speed. The car is fast but I may not have the experience that the other guys have out there. However, I think I can be competitive. I will not fight anyone because of course they have the experience but I will not give way; I will not belly out and I will not play a ‘duppy’ role. I will do what I have to do when I have to do it.”
When quizzed about the switch from two to four wheels, one word rang constantly.
“Safety! My family doesn’t appreciate the motorcycles because I’ve been in a bad accident in 2017 and it took a toll on me. I broke both hands (but) I had to feed the need (of speed) so that’s why I ended up buying the car.” “At first, I and a friend we were hanging out and it came up as a spur of the moment thing.”
He said he plans to keep the car as road-usable as possible, adding that his plan for the build is to ensure that the car can be used at both drag-racing and circuit-racing as well … the later dependent on further sponsorship.

Speaking specifically about his transition, Maraj said, “The car feels great. It’s not as fast as a motorcycle but that is the transition for me and it feels great. I understand speed because I have been on a motorcycle doing ten-second (drag-racing) passes. It’s a little more relaxing than the motorcycle.”
“I feel a lot more comfortable (in the car) and it is a lot safer. I have equipped the car with an eight-point roll cage it is miles apart from a motorcycle.”
The car is sponsored by Tiger Rentals GY and Triniautoworks with wrench work being done by Anil Persaud aka Nala.
Meanwhile this weekend’s event gets rolling from 12:00grs with Secure Innovations and Concepts, First Class Auto and Sherriff Security all on board as sponsors.
The event will occur under the COVID–19 guidelines with all drivers, marshals and officials being subject to temperature checks and mandatory sanitisation on entry to the South Dakota Circuit.

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