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Spills, thrills at Dover

Kesi Asher

Friday, June 01, 2012    

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THE Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) at Dover Raceway in St Ann saw the ATL/Petcom/WATA Audi TT crashing last Sunday, while Martin Anderson smashed into the pit lane wall during qualifying.

Despite winning the MP4 race, Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore’s Audi TT was badly damaged and will be shipped to Germany for repairs.

“The damage is extensive, the left rear tyre and the rim were completely torn off. The two-inch carbon fibre plate, the floor that runs along the car, and the rear diffuser were also damaged. The guys from Audi were concerned about the added weight that the car was carrying but they will look at it to see what can be done,” Gore told Auto.

On the heels of the Audi crash, came the spill of the ‘War 6/Money Bike’ as Halquin ‘Pugu’ Rodney fell high side from his motorcycle during the race. He injured his arm in the process.

“It’s very swollen and I am getting it looked at, but it hurts very much. I haven’t ridden since November 2011 as I didn’t get to compete in the April meet. I decided late to participate in the CMRC so I didn’t really have time to practice. These things happen, so right now I’m just concentrating on healing my injuries,” said Rodney.

Martin Anderson, during his qualifying lap on Saturday, smashed his Mitsubishi Mirage as he came up the brow of the hill.

“The car over-steered and I put in the opposite lock to stop it, but when I realised I couldn’t save it, I stepped off the power and it went into the wall. I’m okay with just a few minor pains on impact. There was heavy front damage but we have started to repair it,” said Anderson, who is brother of Total-sponsored racer Andre Anderson.

On a brighter note, David Summerbell Jr sought to lighten the spirits of the spectators who had been dampened by the horrendous Audi mishap and voluntarily started at the back of the grid in the final Thundersport race. With the permission of his team and sponsors, Summerbell Jr had spectators on their feet as he took the Total Evolution 8 and weaved his way through the field to grab the checkered flag.

“I thought the spectators would like something exciting in the race and since Doug was out from the accident, there was a damper on the rest of the day. I wasn’t being boastful or anything like that, I just wanted to give the crowd a good time. It also helped because I got to do battle with the other drivers as well,” said Summerbell.

Summerbell, who won nine of his 11 races, was also the new Dover track record holder at 1.17.735.

“The new record is such a lift for me and my team. The record is like a boxer with the championship belt. It was great to get it back from Doug. That’s bragging rights, that’s more than even a win,” said Summerbell Jr.

Andre Anderson was on form for the CMRC races, finishing third behind teammate David Summerbell Jr and Peter Rae, and first in both MP3 races. He is third overall in the points going into the second leg in Barbados.

“I started the race 8th on the grid and moved up to 4th. After battling and passing George Bayle and finished third, I started third on the grid in the other two CMRC races and held that position all the way to the end. I am confident that Jamaica will do well in the second leg,” he said.

Teammate Kyle Gregg emerged victorious in his continuous battle with Alan Chen. He passed Chen, who qualified on pole, in the first lap of the MP2 CMRC race.

“Overall it was a good race weekend for me and the Total team, qualifying second to Alan had us worried, but once I got the better of him at the start of the first race I managed to hold him off which resulted in three wins,” said Gregg.

Chen and Gregg, who are both leading the MP2 CMRC ranking, have been displaying a second generation “Doug and David” battle and have caught the attention of spectators.

“Each race was nerveracking as the lead changed several times. I plan to defend Jamaica’s points in the second leg of the CMRC race, with Alan right by my side” Gregg said.

Peter ‘Zoom Zoom’ Rae had a magnificent race meet. His Mazda RX7 played no games and he was an integral part of Jamaica’s sweeping of the points tally with his second place finishes.

“It was a good day of racing for me. I am certainly looking forward to the Barbados leg. The car performed well and team Jamaica put on a good show,” he said.

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