IT was a day of high-speed motorcycle and karting action at the first ever CG Circuit Championship held at Jamwest Speedway in Westmoreland on Sunday.
The event, dubbed Jambike, saw Westmoreland-based mechanic Neville Nichol taking the chequered flag in the CG-150 event. Second place went to Romaine Phillips, with Adrian Forbes taking third.
"I don't like to drive cars. I just love to ride bikes. I love my bike differently. This is the first time I've ever competed in any kind of competition and it wasn't so difficult, the corners were great to go around," Nichol told Auto.
Nichol received $35,000 as well as a spanking new 200cc Supra sport bike.
Oliver Tingling, event organiser, told Auto that he is already making plans for a second championship in December.
"We're trying to keep this going as a platform for these bikers to come and display their skill because we want to discourage them from racing on the roads since that can cause a lot of accidents out there. No one has really thought of giving people who cannot afford racing bikes a space of their own, and we're very happy with the outcome of the event," said Tingling.
The smell of burning rubber and smoke filled the air in-between circuit races as the island's most daring 'stunters' took to the tarmac to thrill the crowd with exciting burnouts, wheelies, endos, ape-hangers, and high chairs. Among the crowd favourites were Marlon 'Crazy Cutter' Fletcher, Elvis 'Mad Dawg' Stewart, Orean Porteous, and Damion 'Superman' Christian. Father/Son stunting duo Ricardo and Nicardo Billings were also a treat for spectators.
Exhibition races by Jamaica's top 600cc Circuit Bikers including Andre 'Tara' Normand, Robert 'Seymour' McDonald, Norman 'Pancho' Chung, and Junior Smith also imprinted more tyre marks on the track.
Karters and Formula racers also made their foray onto the brand new circuit with Dover Raceway and go-karting veteran Guy Fraser, Team MoBay's Chantel Davis, 16-year-old Matthew Williams and eight-year-old Lan Gordon taking their karts for a run. Matthew 'Magnet' Gore, 2010 JMMC Sprint & Rally Sport Champion, had his very first taste of go-karting and also tested the track with his Evolution V. Formula One racers Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae and Guyana-based Sylbourne Clarke also piloted their speedy single-seaters to entertain spectators.