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BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 26, 2013    

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THE team of Joel Jackson and Dmitri Dawkins increased their lead in the Jamaican National Rally Championship by winning the Raynor King Memorial Stages Rally, in Frome, Westmoreland, last Sunday.

"It's fantastic to be back on the podium," Jackson told Auto.

Of the nine entrants, only six would finish.

Unlike the previous meet, where Jackson was one of three contestants with the most powerful car, he was constantly being hounded by former Jamaican National Rally Champion Dave Lee.

Lee, competing in the same JN8 class, brought the classic rally battle as his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution faced off against Jackson's Subaru WRX STI.

Jackson's run to the finish was not trouble-free as, despite repairs made from the last round, they had mechanical issues.

"We damaged the clutch while tuning the car, so we're using the stock clutch which made it behave weird," he said.

Lee, Jackson's class rival, also had his fair share of difficulties.

"The stages were taking their toll on me," Lee said.

Jackson maintained enough pace all day to take and keep his lead to the end, taking his second win in the championship series.

Lee would settle for second, while third went to Matthew Gore in his Toyota Starlet.

Not able to hit high speeds on the long straights that made up the eight stages, Gore benefited from several 'retirements', including his main class rival Daryl King.

King, who has been trying to win the event held in his late father's honour, once again failed to finish when his Honda Civic suffered engine failure early during the day.

It was nothing but heartbreak at the lunch break for King, as he received the news his car couldn't be repaired.

Finishing fourth was Thomas Hall in his new Toyota Starlet GT Turbo. He was making a return to the sport since totalling his car in December.

Andrew Balbour and Dean Corrodus would both retire throughout the day, leaving Marvin Porteous in fifth and Keith Saunders in sixth.

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