Kyle Gregg wants to regain top spot

Second-generation Racers

Friday, May 18, 2012

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YOUNG gun Kyle 'Speedy' Gregg has been making waves in both circuit racing and on the dirt track.

Son of Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) Rally Champion Gary Gregg, the 22-year-old took top honours in 2011with five championship titles. They are: Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Overall Drivers Champion; JMMC Overall Sprint Champion; JMMC Overall Rallysport Drivers Champion; JRDC MP2 Champion; and, JMMC JA2 Class Sprint Champion.

"Motorsports is something I was born into. Growing up and seeing both my parents race go-karts, I was immediately sucked in. It's like a drug, once you touch it you can't stop and nothing else matters. There's no feeling like it in the world," Gregg told Auto.

Gregg first got his feet wet racing go karts in Jamaica in 2005 and by 2009 he was karting in the United States. That year would also see his Dover Speedway debut. And after only three years of successful racing at Dover, Gregg became the first driver ever to win both the JRDC Drivers Championship and the JMMC Rallysport Championship in the same season. Yet, while circuit racing does have its appeal Gregg says his heart lies in rallying.

"Circuit racing is fun, don't get me wrong. But it's one track, with the same corner, the same breaking places and going around in a circle. With rallying there are different stages and when it's on the dirt it's even better," he said.

"When you come around a corner and you're on the edge, and you have your navigator in your ear telling you which way to go that gives me a sweeter feeling. You have to be so much more focused in a rally, one bad move and you're out and I enjoy that challenge. I would really like to rally but circuit racing is on a high right now so you just have to ride the high and go with it," he continued.

The last circuit racing event saw an ongoing rivalry between Gregg and Alan Chen ending in a collision that knocked them both out of the second dry MP2 race and with only four meets per year every meet counts. In order to defend his Championship title, Gregg will have to earn the points to keep him in the game. He will be driving the Total-sponsored Honda Civic in the Front-Wheel Drive series at this year's Caribbean Motor Racing Championship dubbed 'Caribbean Invasion' set to kick off on Saturday, May 26 at Dover Speedway in St Ann.




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