Dover's Labour Day meet to thrill
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
A year ago they were beaten street and lane but not disgraced. Now, the Barbadians and Guyanese are scheduled for another grand showdown at the first leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Labour Day, Monday, May 24.
"All the cars belonging to the overseas competitors are already here and we are expecting the drivers to arrive on Wednesday," president of the Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC), Hilary Jardine, told Automotives.
According to Jardine, the 15-race programme is scheduled to get under way at 9:30 a.m. Three races will be exclusive to the participants contesting the CMRC. However, the track will be opened on Sunday, May 23, for the qualifying session.With most of the regional drivers at the top of their game, a new track record is expected. On the last occasion at Dover, Summerbell won all three CMRC races, but this time it will not be that easy.
"It will not be that easy for him because the foreigners are not going to allow it. People like Andrew King, Mark Vieira and Mark Maloney are coming all out," the JRDC president said.
Reports are if the overseas drivers are strategically planning for Summerbell, then they could be surprised by the other members of the Jamaican team, especially Doug Gore in his Mitsubishi Evolution X and Chris Campbell in his revamped Evolution IV. Campbell is Jamaica's local champion driver.
The Jamaican team will also include vete-ran driver Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae who has been busy making the necessary adjustments to his vehicle over the last three weeks.
Peter 'Bull' Thompson, Guy Fraser and Gary Williams should complete the line-up for the Jamaican team.
The Guyanese contingent will comprise four cars and three motorcycles. Champion driver Andrew King will compete in a Mazda RX7; Mark Vieira, an RX8; Paul Vieira, an RX7; and Kevin Jeffries, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII.
The Barbados team will include a father-and- son team, Doug and Mark Maloney, who, according to reports, will be partnering their well-prepared Audi Quattro turbo and Rockstar-sponsored Mazda RX3 and RX8, respectively.
The motorcycle showdown promises to be a crowd thriller. Canada's Kevin Graham, who once owned the track record at Dover, will clash with Guyana's top rider, Stephen Vieira, and Jamaica's number one, Stefan Chin. The roster will also include Maurice Menez of Guyana and Jamaica's Adrian Blake, Halquin Rodney and Dennis Chin-Quee.
Close and competitive racing is expected in the Improved Production categories of IP 27, 33, 37 and 45, which include drivers such as Peter Jaggon, Alan Chen, Teddy Burton, Nigel Edwards, Raymond Donaldson, Cressmore 'Bolt' White, Joel Jackson, Jaleel Handal, Brian Foster, Stephen Bansie, Gary Barrett and Kyle Gregg.