A teenage racing ace based in the Cayman Islands is so good that he is beating adults with far more experience on the American circuit.
Kyffin Simpson races in Formula Regional in the US and last weekend the 16-year-old speedster completed a clean sweep of pole position and three back-to-back wins at Michelin Raceway Road in Atlanta, beating grown men in the process. He was driving for series debutants TJ Speed Motorsports in the first round of the 2021 FR Americas Championship. Last season he was successful in the F4 series in America.
Born and raised in Barbados, Kyffin was introduced to karting as a child by parents David and Nicole Simpson and regularly won races at the iconic Bushy Park. His grandad is Caymanian businessman Kyffin Simpson, which explains the Cayman connection. Kyffin won karting races all over America and Europe. FR racing is equivalents to Formula 3 and the next level up is Formula 2 or Indie Car racing. Despite heavy rain curtailing two days of practice runs, Simpson’s #21 was the car to beat as he sped round skilfully and fearlessly on a tricky half-wet, half-dry track for pole position. In the first race he won the 27 laps of the 2.54-mile track by 8.1 seconds and came from behind in the second to overtake Jordan Missig to win by 11 seconds.
In the third 26-lap race on Sunday, Simpson was again victorious, this time winning a restarted race ahead of Missig by 1.5 seconds. Simpson leads the championship by 75 points to Missig’s 45.
Tim Neff, TJ Speed owner, said: “What a great day for TJ Speed and a solid start to our FR Americas season. Congrats to Kyffin and Logan (Cusson, his teammate) on two top-five results. All in all, this is a team effort and every guy wearing a TJ Speed shirt deserves some credit. Thank you to all.”
Simpson said: “Three wins! Wow, so thankful to God for this weekend. From the very first lap of qualifying, the car felt great and I had the confidence to push.” He thanked his team, sponsors and supporters and is looking forward to the next FR Americas rounds from May 14-16.