Dover's Biggest Race Day Ever
AS the biggest race day ever at Dover had its spotlight on 'King' David Summerbell retaining his crown over Doug 'Hollywood' Gore, bikers also got into the frantic action.
Gregg Cross and Randy Dyer were in their element on race day and the motorcycle races did not disappoint, with bikers lifting their performances, each with their unique style that thrilled eager racing fans.
With a record thousands of spectators turning out for the Carnival of Speed race day, president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), Hilary Jardene sung praises for the level of competition and thanked ATL for its involvement.
"This is the biggest race day I have ever seen at Dover," Jardene told Auto amid the deafening roar of spectators during the Thundersport race that saw Summerbell and Gore battle for supremacy on Monday. "I cannot give the number of spectators, but this is the largest," the JRDC president declared.
Summerbell won all his three races — two MP4 races and the Thundersport — thus retaining his title as "King of Dover".
"I am pleased with the support from ATL and I am glad that they have returned to the sport of motor racing," Jardene remarked later in the week.
ATL sponsored Gore's Audi TT.
Admitting yesterday that Monday's huge turnout placed tremendous pressure on parking, Jardene explained that one of the proposed parking spots, on land not owned by Dover, was withdrawn at short notice.
He apologised to racing fans for the traffic build-up as spectators had to wait hours to exit the venue and promised that the JRDC would put measures in place to avoid a recurrence.
But, back to Monday's Carnival of Speed.
Cross, riding his Alrobe Enterprises Suziki GSXR, won the motorcycle "A" race one and placed second in race two. Dyer won all three motorcycle "B" races while Richard Lyn placed second in all three. Adrian Blake and Halquin Rodney won motorcycle "A" race two and race three respectively.
There was a scare in the motorcycle "A" race three when Cross, on challenging for the lead, saw his bike skid out from under him, leaving him to skate along the track and into the grass.
The gutsy rider got up, retrieved his motorcycle and gave the ride of his life, eventually ending up in fourth place.
Blake placed second and Dwight Smart third.
Meantime, Member of Parliament for North West St Ann, in which Dover raceway is situated, Othneil Lawrence, was also present as a competitor, racing an Evolution 6 in the Bracket 45 turbo class.
"I'm here endorsing motor sports and I'm happy that it is in my constituency. I've always been a part of drag racing in Jamaica from in the early 90s. The race was very exciting, I was leading up until the last lap, when the car bearings got damaged, but we will be up and ready for the Labour Day meet in May," said Lawrence.