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Labour Day dexterity action

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, May 23, 2014    

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THE Rallysport season opens today with the Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) AutoDexterity Champion round one, at Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston. The event is scheduled to get underway at midday.

"We've gone with an afternoon start to allow those with Labour Day activities to complete them and still come out to participate," Wayne Piper, president of the DRC, told Auto.

The dexterity will follow the traditional format using a wet surface to equalise any traction advantage between the various cars. Piper has made a call for quad-bikes and karters to come out and give a few demonstration runs to add some spice for the spectators.

"The DRC has been attracting a lot of support from new drivers and we've been trying to revive the ladies cup by extending invitations to female competitors, new and old," he said.

Piper expects support from drivers from the Montego Bay Motoring Club as well. With the expected host of fresh faces behind the wheel the DRC hopes to have dexterity veteran Dion Gardner on the ground to offer pre-event training on continual tips throughout the day.

The DRC has been tasked with the job of handling the national Rallysport genres so today's event bears significance for current Rallysport champion Daryl King, who will begin his title defense at the dexterity.

"I will be there, but I'm not sure if I'll be driving," King said.

King indicated that his Honda Civic is being prepped for circuit racing duties this weekend for Sunday's Dover Raceway meet, and might instead elect to marshal as to satisfy one of the new requirements for the Rallysport championship.

"Competitors must volunteer as an official at a minimum of two DRC-approved events to qualify for any end of season championship," Piper explained.

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