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A 'total' domination

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, April 25, 2014    

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CHARLES Chen, chairman of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), is pleased at Easter Monday's Texaco with Techron Carnival of Speed held at Dover Raceway in St Ann.

"We haven't done the full numbers yet, but just from a quick visual survey I think we've met our base head count numbers," Chen told Auto.

Chen was even more impressed by the turnout despite the absence of a headline battle.

"I think we're in good shape given the fact that we didn't have the David/Doug show this meet," he said.

From this point, Chen indicates the JRDC just has some minor housekeeping to take care of before moving on to plan its next event slated for Labour Day weekend.

"We're a club and my function is to serve, so I believe as long as we ensure that we better the product, that is, racing at Dover for our members, we will have no problem keeping fans satisfied," explained Chen, in reference to the raft of changes implemented for the 2014 season which included weight restrictions and increased laps.

The new rules didn't seem to make much of a difference at the end of the day as the usual suspects rose to the challenge.

Despite the close competition, it was Total Summerbell Racing (TSR) that ran unabated, with all three members, David Summerbell Jr, 2013 champion Andre Anderson and Kyle Gregg, appearing on the top step of the podium in their respective classes.

Running a smaller engine in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Summerbell Jr once again proved he would be the man to beat by lowering the circuit lap record to 1:17.557 from the previous 1:17.6, during qualifying for the Thundersport race.

"It's a lot harder to drive. But there's more to come as my team sorts out the car during the rest of the year," Summerbell said after the event.

Summerbell's pre-season comment about reliability now becoming a key factor came to light when his Lancer suffered mechanical issues, handing the second Thundersport race win to Matthew Gore. He would not be able to repair it in time for final Thundersport race.

Anderson continued where he left off in 2013 dominating Modified Production (MP) 3.

"I had to add 300 pounds to the car making it about a second slower," he said.

TSR teammate Kyle Gregg in MP2 was a bit less philosophical.

"I'm still winning," he said.

While spectators enjoyed the closer racing due to the new rules, and format changes such as reverse grids, the event didn't go well for everyone as rookie biker Xavier Osbourne found himself in an incident that injured his right hand.

Adrian Blake won the first Super WiFi Sport Bike class A race, while Jason Campbell won the remaining two. David Bell won the opening and third class B motorcyle race, with Norman Chung winning the second.

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