Local drivers gear up for Barbados meet
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
While sections of the Corporate Area erupted in gun violence on Monday, there were fireworks of a different kind at Dover Raceway, St Ann.
Tyres were burning on the track and new lap records were established at the regional race meet dubbed Caribbean Invasion.
The carnival-like atmosphere brought back memories of Berlin 2009 when Jamaica made a clean sweep of sprint events. At the regional showdown, the Jamaican drivers gave an awesome performance. Led by David Summerbell Jr, the Jamaicans easily dominated the first-leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC). The second leg is scheduled to take place in Barbados in September.
The local team has already started preparing for this crucial showdown. It will not be an easy task because Guyana's Andrew King and Barbados' Doug and Mark Maloney - who had mechanical problems - will be back.
Summerbell, who won the Caribbean Drivers' title last year, has expressed concerns about the Barbados leg of the championship.
"The car is not ideal for the Barbados track, so we intend to arrive there much earlier than expected and begin our preparation," said Summerbell, who is still celebrating Monday's success.
He described the meet as "great" and attributed the success to his mechanic and support team, who, he stressed, did a fantastic job.
"I am happy that I was able to performed at that level, winning maximum points for Jamaica. We were totally dominant," said Summerbell, who won all three CMRC races in the 4-Wheel Drive Class.
Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae, who has never won a Caribbean Drivers' title, has assumed the lead in the 2-Wheel Drive Class, after using his yellow-painted RX7 to stave off Guyana's Paul Vieira and favourite Mark Maloney of Barbados.
"It was really a good racemeet and I think the crowd enjoyed every moment of it," said Rae.
Others who did well were Kyle Gregg, who secured pole position in both the Modified Production 1 (MP1) and Improved Production 33 (IP33) classes on his way to victories in both MP races as well as the 1st IP33 race. Gary Williams, Joel Jackson and Raymond Donaldson were also winners.
A new track record was set for motorcycles when Canadian resident Kevin Graham powered his Yamaha R6 to a time of 1:22.935 in winning race 2 for A-class riders. Earlier, he won race one with Jamaica's Stefan Chin finishing second and Guyana's Stephen Vieira third in both events.
In race three, Vieira took the chequered flag with Jamaica's Halquin 'Pugu' Rodney and Emil Janniere finishing second and third, respectively. In Class B, Dwight Smart won from Greg 'Tallman' Cross and Andre Norman.