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Ameer Johnson aces Ironshore

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, June 13, 2014    

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Ameer Johnson in his Toyota Levin took top honours in the Montego Bay Motoring Club's (MBMC) Sprint # 2 Screaming Streets: Revenge at Ironshore in Montego Bay, St James, last Sunday.

"I just want to thank Richard Rerrie for helping me. His coaching was instrumental in this victory," Johnson said.

Nicolas Barnes and Brandon King completed the podium in the wet championship runs.

The second sprint on the MBMC calendar saw a decline in entries when six contestants bowed out to pre-race mechanical issues. By midday, rain had an impact on both spectator turn out and the racing itself.

"I need to reiterate that the MBMC is committed to putting on events to ensure that drivers have options to compete in and aid in their overall growth. I'd also like to thank sponsors like Red Bull, Toyota Jamaica, Automotive Performance Centre and others for sticking with us," Mark-Anthony March, MBMC president told Auto.

"Doug Gore's Honda Civic had an oil pressure issue. Macklin Peterkin had a turbo-charger fault in his Impreza, and the others couldn't complete their cars in time to make the sprint," March explained.

With only 10 entries the sprint continued. Pre-event favourites Dean Corrodus and Matthew Gore found themselves out of the top spot after being hit with problems of their own.

Corrodus, who was trying to go one further this time around and win the championship run, crashed out when a combination of the changeable Ironshore surface and rear brake problems sent him off course.

"I hit the curb again, cracking open the header and twisting the radiator," he said.

He took consolation in the fact that the damage to his Honda Civic was not a bad as he had thought.

Matthew Gore claimed fastest overall, fastest two-wheel drive, and a class victory, but wasn't allowed to race in the championship run due to his Toyota Starlet being equipped with slick tyres.

"I'd just like to thank my sponsor Amsoil for understanding the regulations. I'd bought brand new slicks for the event, but was told when I arrived, by the officials, I wouldn't be able to qualify for the championship run," Gore explained.

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