JA holds on to CMRC lead
SUNDAY'S second leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) in Barbados saw Jamaica retain its lead in points despite varied levels of individual success for the four-man team.
Team Jamaica drivers comprised David Summerbell Jr, Andre Anderson, Peter Rae, and Sebastian Rae.
The race meet — Digicel Williams Seaboard Marine International Race Meet held at Bushy Park — was dominated by Barbados' Roger Mayers in his Ford Focus. He won all three of the CRMC races on the programme.
The Jamaican team was at a disadvantage, starting at the back of the gird as the cars were cleared by customs late Saturday evening and were not able to run the qualifying races. However, Mayers' victories were not enough to erode the series lead held by Jamaica's David Summerbell Jr.
"It was a successful meet for me," said Summerbell Jr told Auto. "I couldn't have done it without my sponsors Total, VMBS, and Stewarts, who actually sent a few of the technicians with me to take care of the car."
Summerbell Jr walked away with 50 points for the day which keeps him in contention for the 2012 CMRC Driver's Champion.
"I only have to make fourth in any of the races in Guyana this coming November," he said.
Summerbell Jr indicated that it was not a lack of horsepower that separated him from Bajan rivals Mayers and Start William's Lotus Elise.
"Bushy Park is an extremely bumpy track and we have a specific suspension for it which was damaged last year. We have yet to replace it. I hope they pave it next year."
This meant his Lancer Evolution VIII was unable to keep maximum contact with the circuit surface, even more so, the milliseconds the wheels were airborne and spinning led to damage.
"I broke the rear differential in the last race."
Summerbell Jr was not the overseas competitor having these issues.
"A few of the Cayman cars had the same problem. I hope they pave the track next year," Summerbell Jr said
Behind him, on 33 points, was Peter Rae. "I'm hanging on in there. The car ran flawlessly, and Guyana suits the RX-7,"he said.
Rae also indicated that Bushy Park was dirty from the previous day's rains causing him to take a more team oriented strategy and consolidate his position behind his colleages during the three races.
Andre Anderson felt he fared the worst on the day. Now sitting fourth heading to Guyana he blames the time lost in customs.
"Basically, I hit the track with no set up or seat time," Anderson explained.
While the circuit had not changed significantly over the past year, his car has.
"It has more power now than the last time I was there."
Fortunately, the team was successful enough to keep Jamaica ahead in the CMRC Nation's Championship with Jamaica on 113 points to Barbados' 64.
"I want to go back to Bushy Park sometime after Guyana," said Summerbell Jr. "I want a proper shot at that track record."