Gregg burns competition

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, June 27, 2014    

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IT was a scintillating performance by Kyle Gregg that earned him the win in the Tru-Juice RallySprint in Bog Walk, St Catherine, on Sunday. It was the second round of the Drivers RallySport Club Sprint Championship.

"I'm just happy. I never expected the win, but got more comfortable with the car," Gregg told Auto.

This event would be Gregg's debut in the JN8, the class for turbocharged four-wheel drive vehicles, on dirt in a newly prepared Lancer Evolution IX. He would not only claim the class victory, but the fastest overall time, as well as the all important championship run netting him points towards the sprint championship title.

"The organisers and marshals put on a great event. I'm looking forward to the next one. This is where my heart lies. Rallying is so much more fun than Dover," he said.

The pre-event favourite Joel Jackson in his Subaru Impreza WRX STi had to settle for second-best despite putting pressure on Gregg. However, a mistake put him off the course costing him 12-seconds. On his final attempt to take the lead, his Impreza suffered a problem.

"I had a throttle position sensor problem," explained Jackson.

A misfire due to low fuel would also add to his mechanical woes leaving no chance to improve from second.

Third place would go to Maurice Whittingham. In a hearty drive, he squeaked a narrow margin ahead of Matthew Gore who had dominated two-wheel drive up till then. Gore was still the fastest in his class and fastest overall two-wheel drive at the end of the day. Finishing fifth in the championship runs was Fraser McConnell, an achievement for the rookie given the breath of the talent ahead of him.

Running the course in reverse provided a constant challenge and kept RallySprint fans entertained all day. There were several notable retirements starting with Ian Banks. His early exit meant no drive for Doug Gore with whom he was sharing the wrecked Honda Civic. Macklin Peterkin would also have a short day as after running wide at a corner beached his Subaru on a large tree stump.

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