Button to race against plane at Barbados Festival of Speed
Former World F1 Champion Jenson Button will have his work cut out at next weekend’s (Saturday, October 14) Barbados Festival of Speed. Among a number of challenges accepted by Button and current Sahara Force India driver Esteban Ocon is for the 2009 Champion to race against one of the Silence SA1100 aircraft which will be starring in the Twister Aerobatic Team’s daytime aerial ballet and twilight pyrotechnics displays.
For the Aerial Challenge, Button will drive a Radical SR3 RS of the type in which Mark Maloney currently holds the Bushy Park Barbados Outright Lap Record; the Suzuki-powered Radical’s 1500cc engine develops around 250bhp, giving a maximum speed approaching 160mph, while the nimble Silence Twister, powered by a fuel-injected 110bhp UL Power UL260iSA engine, has a maximum speed of nearly 180mph.
Button and Ocon will also pit their wits and their skill against one another in the Driving Challenge in Easykarts and Radicals. Later in the day, they will also team up and join members of the Barbados Karting Association (BKA) in the first Karting Handicap run under the new all-arena lighting. Button will make his final appearance of the day when he takes on rising local star Zane Maloney, fresh from an impressive showing at the CIK-FIA World OK-Junior Championship in the UK, where he was a front-runner all weekend.
The second BFoS, which the first event to benefit from the facility’s new all-arena lighting, runs from day into night, starting at 2.00pm. In addition to the headline acts, highlights will include the spectacular Twister Aerobatics Team and the hugely popular Dreamers Banger Racers.
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