BY JARMILA JACKSON Observer writer

Friday, April 27, 2012

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SUNDAY’S torrential downpour helped set the stage for Maurice ‘Wurl Boss’ Whittingham’s victory in ‘Slippery Wen Wett’ at Tyre Warehouse in Portmore, St Catherine.

The event saw 24 of Jamaica’s best drivers and quad bikers vying for the best time while displaying their skills on an obstacle course kept well sprinkled by a water truck.

Whittingham, driving the ‘Team Mad Dem’ Toyota Starlet, demonstrated his skill by scoring the fastest overall time of his championship run in 56:785 seconds. The multiple dexterity champion also walked away with the top spots in the Rear-Wheel-Drive (RWD) LSD (limited slip differential) and Two-Wheel-drive classes.

"It think it’s harder to stay on top than it is to get to the top because more eyes and pressure are on you, so I’m here trying my best to maintain my lead. Winning is not just about your skill as a driver. It comes down to your preparation, your team, your spirit and support from your fans and family," said Whittingham, who recently became the father of a bouncing baby boy.

"I might seem like a titan but I’m not unbeatable. I encourage all to try and compete because if somebody were to beat me it would only make me tighten up my game even more. This is not my limit, this is just me competing, and I like to be pushed to the limit. It’s no fun if there’s no competition, so bring it on," he continued.

He also offered on-the-spot classes for anyone interested in learning the tricks of the trade.

At the meet — which is third of 10 events in the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s National Dexterity Championship and the first of three in the Tyre Warehouse Gymkhana Challenge — each driver was given three timed runs of the obstacle course. The day’s 10 fastest drivers then competed in the championship run to earn points towards their standing in the 2012 National Dexterity Championship.

demonstration runs by Richard ‘Sir Rich’ Rerrie driving his blue Subaru Impreza kept spectators entertained at the end of each round.

The evening’s other top competitors were young gun Jamar ‘Skoolaz’ Kinkead driving his Toyota Levin with some impressive and neat runs. He took second place in the RWD LSD class with 59:78 seconds on his third run of the course.

Christopher ‘Teach’ McFarlane, who was first place Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD) LSD class, driving his Mitsubshi Lancer GT, scored the second fastest time in the championship run with 1:01:815 seconds. Dion Gardener, who was first place in the FWD class, earned third place in the event with a time of 1:04:47 seconds.

Cleve ‘Cutta Hype’ Ottey, driving his Toyota Starlet, took third place in the RWD LSD class. Garth Chin drove his 1990 Mercedes Benz 190E to victory in the RWD class.

Quad bikers Nigel Wilmot of Wilmotorsports and Oswald DaCosta were the only two competitors in the 4WD (fourwheel drive) class and demonstrated well that this sort of competition is not exclusive to motor cars. The excitement continued as freestyle demonstration runs brought the night to an end.



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