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Charles Chen hopes fans get the ‘drift’

Tuesday, May 06, 2014    

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WITH his first event as Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) chairman under his belt, Charles Chen is diving full steam ahead into the club's next event, Dover Drift Invasion, scheduled for May 25 at the St Ann circuit.

"We will have in our programme five professional drift cars from the United States to show off their high-speed drifting skills around Dover," said Chen.

Dover Drift Invasion will be held in place of the usual Jamaican leg of Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC), which has had its schedule affected by the Top Gear Festival, and the launch of the new Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on May 17 through 18.

The drifters will replace the expected CMRC contingent and boost the normal race programme. Chen says the goal is to share the experience of professional drifting with local competitors and expand motorsports options for patrons. The JRDC hopes the introduction of drifting will help maintain a healthy crowd for the coming event.

"Drifting has a younger demographic and will most likely bring that crowd to Dover allowing them to be exposed to circuit racing," explained Chen.

Dover Drift Invasion is essentially a long-term investment to develop fan base for the JRDC.

— Rory Daley

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