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Anderson lights up Vernamfield

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, December 20, 2013    

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ANDRE Anderson, 2013 circuit racing champion, put in a spectacular performance in his Total Summerbell Racing Mitsubishi Mirage at the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Drag Challenge #3 at Vernamfield in Clarendon last Sunday.

"I just cleaned the car and took it out to see how fast it would go" Anderson told Auto.

The newly crowned champion showed extreme versatility in his first attempt at drag racing, knocking out some big names in the 10-second class, which he would eventually win with a 10.188 run after causing Kendrick Baker to break out of the class time.

Drag fans were shocked to the see how fast the car was and on his final run, applause could be heard as he puttered down the return lane.

Anderson wasn't the only Dover regular making an appearance as George Bayley made a welcome return, but not in his expected ride. Using his familiar circuit Lancer Evolution, he managed to qualify for the 11-second class, but was foiled by mechanical issues, losing to Paul Fung's 11.209.

"This problem has been plaguing me from Dover," said Bayley.

Now that the sport has been revived by the NDRC, Bayley said he would, unlike Anderson, be splitting his time between it and circuit racing. A drag-specific motor is on the cards for the Evolution.

While the new faces shone, the regulars weren't to be outdone and Adrian McLymont, having run 8.9 seconds the previous week, was aiming for Dean Shaw's V8-doorslammer record of 8.726 seconds. A 9.054-second run meant he wasn't close enough to challenge, but his Ford Mustang made him the fastest man of the day.

Shaw, who was a spectator, commented that next year could see an even closer battle between their differing approaches to drag racing at that level.

Ian Galbraith took the 12-second class with a 12.109, Pro Street 13 went to Andrew Morgan, and Damian Wright posted a 14.140 to win Super Street 14. Sheldon Gordon was victor in Super Street 15 and Nigel Wilmot provided an unusual sight down the quarter-mile in his off-road Suzuki Samurai 4x4, winning Street 16 in 16.008 seconds.

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