A score for Gore
SEVERAL months back into rallysport, Doug Gore has scored his first victory at the Driver's Rallysport Club (DRC)/Tru-Juice Brighton River Sprint, Brighton River, St Elizabeth last Sunday.
"I hope that my appearance back in rally will help attract some of the other big names back to the sport," Gore told Auto.
After an early morning mechanical scare, Gore had the Honda Civic flying through the picturesque venue much to the delight of his fans.
"This is my first time at the venue and it's a very nice track, very spectator friendly. I'm just doing the best I can within the two-wheel drive class," he said.
With none of the front-runners like Kyle Gregg and Joel Jackson present in their powerful four-wheel drive turbocharged cars, it was left to the front-wheel drive stars to shine. Gore drove hard all day, but in the all-important championship laps the Toyota Levin of Maurice Whittingham hounded him.
"I didn't expect to place so high or beat Daryl," he said.
On the limit, Whittingham would take second place, roughly five seconds off Gore, almost visiting the nearby river on several occasions. Whittingham paid verbal respect to Gore's return and versatility.
"No excuses. Doug drove great. My car had its tarmac suspension, but we proved that we were still competitive. Now I'm looking forward to the next event and hoping to attract some much needed sponsorship," Whittingham added.
Joining the two veterans on the podium was rookie Fraser McConnell, just a second off Whittingham's time.
"I knew from the first run that I had a shot at a good time," he said.
His drive also impressed his rivals.
The man not having a good day was Daryl King. With Gregg missing, it was the perfect chance to score points to break their tie for overall second place in the sprint series. Small issues with his car marred his event and things didn't improve during the championship laps as contact with a chicken stopped him from challenging for a podium position.
"I'm surprised by the speed of my brother Raynor in just these few short event, but I'm disappointed with the competitor turn out because a lot of them said they'd come out and didn't," King said.