JAMROCK readies for Curacao battle

Thursday, May 05, 2016

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Denise Clarke, Mike Clarke and Nikoli Yapp of the JAMROCK Remote Control Car Club (JRRCCC) will represent Jamaica this weekend in Curacao for the 17th Annual Open Invitational International Radio Controlled On-road Competition. Billed as the most epic remote controlled racing event in the Caribbean, it will run from May 6 to 8.


"This is a 50 per cent increase in attendance for Jamaica, as only Denise and Mike participated last year," Franklin Thomas, JRRCCC director of promotions, told Auto.


The Clarkes will be racing in the 1:10 scale sedan nitro class, while Yapp is in the 1:8 scale all-wheel drive open class. Expectations are high, but tempered by the fact that local weather leading up to their departure was less than optimal to support full testing.


"It wasn’t enough as it rained and caused the practice events to be postponed," Thomas said.


However, the team, which left the island on Wednesday, will have the ability to practise in Curacao ahead of the event today. For Clarke, she’s looking to improve on her third-place class finish last year with a complete victory.


"Mike has sorted out his reliability issues, and hence, we also expect him to be in the top 3 of the 1:10 scale sedan nitro class," Thomas explained.


Yapp will have a tough go of it as he’s debuting a brand new car at what was a tough circuit for the Jamaicans in 2015.


"We’re confident of a win from him."


— Rory Daley

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