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‘Cutta Hype’ slides to victory

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, August 16, 2013    

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CLEVE 'Cutta Hype' Ottey slid away with bragging rights and $25,000 at Tyre Warehouse Slippery Wen Wett held at Pines Plaza in St Elizabeth on Sunday.

'I'm happy to win,' Ottey told Auto.

The dexterity event kicked off after 5:00 pm, more than an hour after its advertised start time. It continued late into the night and was still able to hold the attention of the crowd in the rafters of the Pines Plaza. They banged signs, showered the cars with various beverages as they passed, lit up the evening sky with lighters and blew their vuvuzelas at full volume. To say St Elizabeth loves drifting would be an understatement.

"Slippery Wen Wett was well received. The patrons got their money's worth. The drivers were waiting for it and loved the track," said event organiser Kingsley Scott.

And what a course layout it was, giving plenty of opportunity for the cars to get sideways, while not hampering their speed. Like the hero in a Hollywood blockbuster, Ottey — driving his Toyota Starlet — appeared to be on the back foot, only to wriggle away by the smallest margin in the most stylish fashion he knew: sideways. Ottey fought off close competition throughout the entire event to have a down-to-the-wire showdown between himself, Christopher McFarlane, Ian Wright, Dennis Bicarrie and Jamar Kinkaid in the Championship rounds.

Wright shot through the ranks posting a time in the low two-minute range, chopping major seconds from the fastest time posted by his rivals Bicarrie and Kinkaid. The crowd then held its collective breath, first for Ottey's winning run, and then for McFarlane — who had posted the fastest single lap of the day — as he completed his charge for the top spot. It wasn't fast enough and McFarlane congratulated his worthy adversary from the second step of the podium. The rest of the drivers filled out the top five: Wright third, Bicarrie's menacing drive netting him fourth and Kinkaid, with exhaust glowing red hot, in fifth. The top 10 drivers in the championship run received money and prize packages from Tyre Warehouse and Amsoil.

Ottey also took the RWD+LSD class ahead of the BMW 1M of Duncan Stewart. McFarlane would add the FWD+LSD class win to his tally on the night. Omar Hayman beat out Mark Thompson, both men in Toyota Corollas, for the RWD class victory. Dean Corrodus, in his front-wheel drive Corolla, won that class.

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