Dover showdown tomorrow
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Diehard racing fans from all corners of the island are expected to turn out in droves to witness one of the biggest regional showdowns.
Dubbed Caribbean Invasion, the first leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) revs off tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Dover Raceway, St Ann. The qualifying session gets under way today.
President of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) explained that of the 15 races, three will be contested by regional drivers for the CMRC title, three for motorcyclists and the remaining nine for the respective classes.
Jamaica's David Summerbell is the defending champion driver while Barbados secured the team title last year.
The racetrack is expected to buzz with non-stop excitement as the overseas drivers are pulling out all the stops to deny the local contingent of the chequered flag.
"Although we have been here before and have an idea of the track, we are still putting some hours in practising," said Andrew King, the Guyanese national champion who believes his fellow countrymen Mark and Paul Vieira could spring some surprises.A fierce showdown is expected among King, Barbados' Mark Maloney and the Jamaican team of Chris Campbell, Doug Gore, Summerbell, Peter Rae, Peter 'Bull' Thompson, Gary Williams and Guy Fraser.
"All the cars are in good condition and I personally will be taking on everybody," said King, who will be competing in the Two Wheel Drive Class.
Summerbell, who has been sending the message that his car is in tip-top condition, seems unbeatable. Doug Gore promised fans his car will be much faster this time around. Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae has sought the assistance of the veteran Peter Moodie, who built a new engine for his RX7 Mazda.Drivers Teddy Burton and Peter Jaggan have been rebuilding their car. Alan Chen and Stephen Bansie are expected to entertain the fans with skills.
The races promise to be very competitive and some close finishes are expected.