Guyanese Motorcyclist Making Waves

Wayne Elliot Vieira is a third-generation racer from Guyana. Elliot is one of only three of the current crop of Guyanese racers to have embarked on racing careers outside of their home country on a quest to gain knowledge and experience. It is this quest which brings him to the 2017 Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK).

Born to Wayne and Donna Vieira on February 13, 1998, the Guyanese has always had a thirst for knowledge and strong racing rivalries.

Given that his father was considered one of the smoothest men to grace a motorbike in his earlies, it seemed destined that the young Ellie, as he is known to many, would wheelie down the same path.

But his entry was gradual, having his first taste of victory at the tender age of fifteen aboard shifter karts, later taking the local championship in 2013 to be judged one of the emerging talents.

Following a decline in karting locally, Vieira made the leap to two-wheels and immediately found his calling, developing into the 2015 Super stock Champion of the four leg Caribbean Motor Racing Championship just two years later.

In what was a roller coaster year, Ellie claimed victory on home soil in what was the crowning moment of his ongoing six-year racing career thus far, with the series record at the Barbados’ Bushy Park Raceway and Jamaica’s Jamwest being among some of the notches he has under his belt.

The beast on track is perfectly balanced by the man on the street who is always up for a conversation on how to improve an aspect of his race craft or a rousing game of tennis. An always smiling and upbeat Vieira, also enjoys traveling, reading and swimming when he’s not on the track and believes that there’s a lesson in every experience, good or bad.

What many don’t know about the 20-year-old, is that he has managed to create the perfect balance of work and play. A recent graduate of the School of the Nations, the young Vieira has completed several subjects at the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSC) and the ‘A’ Levels.