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Limits tested at Jamwest

BY JARMILA JACKSON Observer writer

Friday, December 21, 2012    

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HOT shot drivers from both circuit and drag disciplines tested their mettle at Jamwest Speedway in Westmoreland on Sunday.

The event, billed To the Limit!, brought spectators out in large numbers to witness the first competitive circuit race since the venue opened its 1/4-mile circuit earlier this year.

Event organiser Dean Shaw was pleased with the event's staging.

"I think the two-in-one event is a great concept but, to be honest, it was a bit of a muddle trying to combine both events under the time constraints of one day. I am trying to sway them towards splitting it into a two-day affair in the future, so that spectators can enjoy a full-circuit event and a full-drag event," Shaw told Auto.

"Overall, I'd say this was a 60 per cent success, but we can promise that the next event in February will be a massive meet. We may possibly employ the use of the weekend format so spectators can get extra value for their money," he continued.

The dual meet saw a complete drag racing event, in addition to five circuit races in the Modified Production 1 through 4 classes as well as the Thundersport 1 class.

ATL-sponsored Natasha Chang piloted her Honda Civic to beat 2012 Rallysport Driver's Champion Matthew Gore and his Toyota Starlet in the MP1 class.

Sebastian Rae and his Mitsubishi Mirage conquered the MP2 class with Vivian Mitchell and Alan Chen taking second and third place, respectively. Dwayne Rowe, driving his Toyota Starlet, was the sole competitor in the MP3 class.

Spectators were also treated to a fierce battle between Peter Rae's Mazda RX7 and George Bayley's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII in the MP4 class, with Rae emerging victorious.

In the 10-lap Thundersport 1 class, Alan Chen gave Sebastian Rae and Natasha Chang a challenge, taking first place after a heated battle.

Drag race classes were held in the traditional time brackets ranging from 8 to 16 seconds. There was no competition for drag racing veteran Dean Shaw and his Chevrolet Camaro in the 10-second category, but he thrilled the crowd with some smokey displays nonetheless.

Donovan Matthews and his Subaru Impreza beat Alfred Wallace and his Mazda RX7 in the 11-second class, while Adrian Randle and his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution defeated Olympic gold medal winner Michael Frater and his Honda Civic in the 12-second class.

Garfield Smith, driving his Honda Integra, crushed the competition in the 13-second class, while Sheldon Gordon and his Toyota Starlet did the same in the 14-second category.

Christopher Suhko piloted his Honda CRX to take the 15-second class, while Davin Virgo and his Toyota Hiace impressed spectators and took the 16-second class. Over $1 million in cash prizes and trophies were awarded to victors of their various classes.

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