Summerbell takes crown
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
David Summerbell blew away the opposition on Heroes Day, at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, to gain his seventh lien on the national circuit-racing championship title.
The Campion College past student, who made his debut in 1990, also walked away with two other prizes - the Alfred Chen Thundersport Memorial title and Modified Production Class 3 title.
"It is not over yet, because I am looking forward to winning the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) title when I compete in the third and final leg in Guyana next month," said Summerbell, who was listed among the nominees for the Courtney Walsh Awards for Excellence, which was won by track star Aileen Bailey.
According to Summerbell, being nominated among the country's top sports personalities for the award was a major milestone.
"It felt very good to know that the recognition of motor racing has risen to another level," said Summerbell.
At Dover Raceway, he was beaten by Doug Gore in the first of three MP Class 3 races, before returning to make a clean sweep of the remaining events.
"When my transfer box broke, I felt so disappointed, because I believed that I had Summerbell's ticket for that weekend," said Gore, who produced the fastest lap time for the Heroes Day race meet.
Though he surrendered his MP 2 Class 2 title to Alan Chen, Teddy Burton attempted to pull off an heroic act on the day when the Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC) saluted fallen heroes of the sport.
Burton, whose car developed mechanical problems Sunday night into Monday morning, arrived late for the meet. And, while competing, his Honda burst into flames along the back stretch. He was aided by one of the marshals, who assisted in extinguishing the flames.
"It was not a good day for me, but it is one of those things," said the St Elizabeth-based driver.
Among the other drivers who were outstanding were Kyle Gregg, Nigel Edwards, Raymond Donaldson, Joel Jackson, Alan Chen, Heath Causewell, Peter Rae and motorcyclists Adrian Blake and Gregg Cross.
"This year was exceptionally good because we had some outstanding competition and good crowd attendance. In addition, we are currently leading in the drivers' category of the CMRC's final leg, which will be held in Guyana," said Hilary Jardine, JRDC president.
The presentation and awards ceremony took place on Friday evening at The Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.