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Dover rekindles rivalry

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, August 01, 2014    

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TOP-LEVEL racing rivalry returns to Dover Raceway, St Ann, as the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) holds the Jamaica Automobile Association/Total Lubricants Emancipation of Speed this Saturday and Sunday.

"Fans can come on Saturday for free and watch qualifying, and then on Sunday the real action begins with a full race day," Monique Gibbs, JRDC communications director, told Auto.

The highlight of the 14-race programme will be the return of Doug Gore and the Audi TT-R DTM and a possible showdown between himself and the Lancer Evolution of David Summerbell Jr.

"This meet could be a hit or a complete miss," Gore said.

His reason for downplaying his chances come ahead of a raft of changes made to the Audi while it was in Barbados. However, he retains some optimism based on data analysis from the car's builders ABT Sportsline.

"We dealt with the suspension and smaller engine issues from Barbados. Right now, the car is still equipped with the custom gear set for Bushy Park and we're running on a tyre compound we have no idea how it will work," Gore explained.

Gore will continue to participate only in the three Thundersport races focusing on retaking the lap record and leaving the option for a head-to-head battle up to rival Summerbell Jr, who has been concentrating his efforts in Modified Production Class four.

"The car is 100 per cent ready," Summerbell Jr. said.

He has not ruled out entering one of the Thundersport races available through the day.

"I might run one TS race for fun, but I'll make that decision as the day progresses," he added.

The meet will also feature two special events, a Long Short Walk for Road Safety put on by title co-sponsor the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) and a 2 for 1 raffle ticket special with a grand prize of a 125cc Quad Bike up for grabs from Texaco.

"The 45-minute break will see around 400 walkers take to a specific section of the circuit to help encourage safe road use," Duane Ellis of the JAA said.

Head-to-head motorcycle racing will also be on the race card.

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