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McFarlane adds own flair to meet

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer

Thursday, March 28, 2013    

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CHRISTOPHER McFarlane, president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), promises motor-racing fans a treat at Easter Monday's Shell Helix Carnival of Speed to be held at Dover Raceway in St Ann.

"It's been a tall order for our team as this is our first time working together," McFarlane told Auto. "The previous board has left an amazing legacy for us to follow."

Fans will have three days to enjoy racing action. Testing sessions are scheduled for Saturday, while Sunday will feature the qualifying action.

A 14-race meet is scheduled for the final day.

"The aim is to ensure that all the drivers have the chance to prepare themselves for Monday. They'll be able to work, test and tune their cars for the two days leading up to race day," McFarlane said.

In between the action, patrons will be treated to a host of activities ranging from drifting, bike stunts and a massive musical performance by dancehall artiste Sizzla Kalonji.

"We've also improved the audio system and its location to allow everyone to hear it better. It's now in high-definition and has been moved to the midfield, in front of spectators instead of behind them."

McFarlane hopes these personal touches will keep the high attendance figures the Dover Raceway enjoys. Sunday's tickets will cost $500 for general admission, with pit passes at $1,000. Race day ticket prices start at $1,500.

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