Doug Gore aims at record
"I want the record back," said Doug 'Hollywood' Gore, in commenting on his return to Dover Raceway in St Ann on Easter Monday.
Gore is taking no chances with his competitors who have pulled out all the stops to put up a massive fight against the very powerful Audi TT-R DTM race car which underwent a major overhaul in Germany.
Summerbell recalls the day he crashed at Dover Raceway. He had erased his 1:18:10 record down to 1:17:17 seconds.
"That day was an emotional one for me. I lost my car and my record. I want ATL Racing to be number one again. I'm excited and anxious to get out there and I'll remain calm over the next few days to mentally prepare myself to be the best driver I can. The record-breaking performance at Jamwest recently has released the butterflies from my stomach," said Gore.
Gore and the Audi TT-R DTM made a smashing debut at the Jamwest Speedway in Westmoreland on March 3 setting a new track record in 1:06:9 seconds.
"I've missed the track and the fans have missed me. I know all the "big juices" have prepped their cars for the meet and it will be a showdown between us. One of my competitors told me this week that he believes a record could be broken by one of us this weekend," he said.
The Audi TT-R DTM is returning with more power and speed.
"With aerodynamic changes and an additional 50 horse power. It is a much faster car, particularly on the straightaway. It wasn't as fast as it could have been because while its advantage was mainly on cornering, we were hampered along the straightaway and that gave my biggest competitor an edge at times. Now we've got cornering and the straight away covered" he said.
Racing enthusiast and lead sponsor, ATL Automotive's CEO Adam Stewart is equally excited about the return of the car.
"This race car has been a huge investment for us; bringing it in for the first time and then shipping it back to Germany for repairs. However, it has been worthwhile as this Audi TT changed the face of the motoring sport in Jamaica forever by raising the standards of the quality of race cars and consequently the level of competitiveness on the track. I remember watching Doug drive that car at Dover once and as it went around the track triumphantly, one word came to my mind; Unbeatable," he said.
Meanwhile, Gore's ATL Racing team mate Natasha 'Chiney Dolly' Chang is also excited about his return.
"Doug is someone I've always looked up to in the industry. I'm proud to have kept the ATL Racing flag flying while he was out last year. I managed to claim a spot among the top three at each meet and ended the season on a high note with a MP1 Class win at Dover in October and a record-breaking performance at Jamwest in December," she said.
Chang, who drives a hatchback Honda Civic, is confident about her prospects for the Dover season having successfully defended her Jamwest title in March.
"There will lots of cars and it will be a fun meet. I expect this meet to be fiercely competitive. Everyone wants that trophy but I'm confident that we have a good shot at the MP1 championship. I intend to do by best and to continue improving throughout the season. Gore and I want ATL Racing to dominate the track and it would be superb if both cars came out victorious on Easter Monday like we did at Jamwest a few weeks ago," she said.