VIDEO: Rae is Dover Meet Champ

BY KESI ASHER Jamaica Observer writer

Friday, April 13, 2012

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SEBASTIAN Rae is the Carnival of Speed 2012 Dover Meet Champion. He captured the Class Champion award for both the Bracket 32 and the Modified Production 2 races.

Driving his Walkerswoodsponsored Mitsubishi Mirage Mivec, Rae finished all three races ahead of the pack and paraded proudly with the checkered flag. He is sitting comfortable on 35 points.

"I am very pleased with this Meet Champion Award. I worked very hard and I will continue to do my best so that I can continue to be successful. I am gearing for the upcoming Labour Day meet and you can look forward to great things from me," Rae told Auto.

Although the final TS2 race did not have the usual Battle of the Giants, as David Summerbell Time Attack Evolution 8 had a blown head gasket and Christopher Campbell’s BMW M3 crashed, Doug Gore was Unbeatable.

Gore, who was named Class Champion for TS2, won the very wet MP4 race 1 in the RWD Audi TT which proved far superior in the wet conditions. Even though the new tyre rule was in effect, Gore switched to suitable tyres as it was deemed a "rain race".

David Summerbell Jr, in his AWD Evolution 8, however, grabbed the checkered flag in the second, dry, MP4 race 2. Due to hit, Gore spun out on the ‘hairpin’ corner due and was unable to finish the race. A control arm of the Audi had been damaged.

"The bolt in the control arm was broken when I was hit and I spun out when the bolt fell out. We fixed the problem for the TS2 race, but something was still wrong as there were major vibrations to the rear of the car. The MP4 race 1 win was very good for me, just a pity we didn’t have the [big] race at the end," Doug explained.

Summerbell was named MP4 Class Champion for the Easter Monday meet and was delighted to have walked away with that prize.

"I wished we could have raced in TS2, I think we had a better than fair chance of winning the last race so we were very disappointed. We are happy with the speed of the car now but we didn’t have the right tyres to combat the rainy conditions," said Summerbell.

With two-out-of-three wins for Gore and one-out-of-three for Summerbell, the stage is set for the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships in May.

Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Sports, who was at the race track said she enjoyed the event.

"It is very interesting and exciting. It’s my first experience and this is a good sport for tourism on the North Coast. I’m happy to see the kind of sponsorship. We encourage it and hope to foster more of it," she said.

In the only motorcycle race ran, which was scaled down due to the wet track, Adrian Blake won the A-Class race on his Honda CBR-RR ahead of Dennis Chin-Quee and Randy Dyer. While Robert McDonald came out victorious in the BClass race on his Yamaha R6 ahead of Jason Troy and Caswell Lewis. Both races were ran simulanteously.

Other Class Champions for the meet were George Bayley in B27; Keith Mills for B38; Dwight Spence for B45N; Neilon Barnett for B45T; Team Brown’s Town’s Nigel Edwards for MP3; Sheldon Morgan for MP1, Dean Shaw for TS1, Adrian Blake for Motorcycle A and Robert McDonald for Motorcycle B.



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