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CMRC Barbados bound

Friday, June 13, 2014    

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GIVEN the delay in the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) start, association representative and press secretary Silbourne Clarke sought to allay fears.

He was speaking at the Jamaica Race Drivers Club's (JRDC) Drift Invasion Prize giving at the KIG Showroom on Spanish Town Road in Kingston recently.

"We have potentially 11 cars for participation," JRDC's Silbourne Clarke told Auto.

The recent Labour Day meet at Dover Raceway in St Ann would have normally been the opening round of the CMRC. However, the Top Gear Festival in Barbados presented scheduling challenges as the racers in that country and current CMRC Champion Doug Gore opted for the event's epic staging.

According to Clarke, the solution to this has been to start the inter-island series in Barbados and conclude it in Jamaica next year. So far, the tentative closing for the CMRC is May 2015.

"The cars will have to make it to the port by June 13, to leave Jamaica on June 16th for the first CMRC round in Barbados on July 5 and 6," Clarke explained.

The CMRC will see competitors from Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Cayman and Jamaica.

"Last year, a Jamaican was crowded champion, but we missed out on the country championship title as we didn't have enough cars in the Group 2 class."

To address this, Clarke has been courting those that can qualify for the class. His short-list includes Vivian Mitchell, Kyle Gregg, and Sebastien Rae.

The series will also see two female competitors -- Natasha Chang and Samantha Summerbell.

Chang became the first female entrant last year, but didn't see any track time due to mechanical issues. She is hopes to correct that this year. Instead of Group 2, she is aiming to race in super-modified class. The first female Group 2 racer could go to Summerbell.

The faster Group 4 class is a list of local heavy-hitters starting with Gore, whose car is already in Barbados, David Summerbell Jr, Peter Rae, and Gary Williams. Tentative are Christopher Campbell and Peter 'Bull' Thompson.

- R.D.

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