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Sunday's rally off till June

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, May 11, 2012    

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RALLY drivers and enthusiasts will have to wait until June 24 for the next event as Sunday's meet in Lydford, St Ann, has been postponed.

Marcia Dawes, executive secretary of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) explained to Auto the reason for the decision.

"Unfortunately, the rally clashes with Mother's Day. So, we decided on June 24," she told Auto. "We looked at the following week, but then it would have clashed with the Jamaica Karting Association's meet on the 20th as well."

The JMMC is the regulatory body governing motorsports in Jamaica as appointed by the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA). The organisation provides sanctioning for all genres of motorsports.

Sunday's second round of the Jamaican National Rally Championship would have seen a four-way tussle among Jordan Powell, Daryl King, Matthew Gore and Spencer Whittingham.

Whittingham, in his yellow Mitsubishi Evolution V, powered his way to victory in the season opener -- the Tru Juice Rally -- in Bog Walk, St Catherine.

"The competition was very close at the last event," Whittingham told Auto. "I expected this one to be even closer given the speed of the stages. My only changes will be visual. I'm trying to get a new sponsor onboard so the car might have a different look. It's going to be a rough rally."

For Montegonian Powell, he is happy with the new date as he is still awaiting suspension parts for his Toyota Corolla FX. He came second to Whittingham but had won his class.

"I'm also going to spend the time trying to figure out why my engine is making the low power figures it currently has," he said.

Gore said he was raring to go as his machine was battle ready and was prepared to win the event in honour of his mother who passed away in 2002.

"I finally got my dogbox," said Gore. A dogbox is the term for a manual transmission that allows clutchless shifting due to its more robust internal design. It also contains more performance-oriented gear ratios for faster speeds.

"We were also down on power, so we've refreshed the engine so I was ready," he said.

King had major repairs to his Honda Civic as it had overturned during the previous meet.

"We built the car back from scratch. Straightened it, seam-welded it, added some extra bars to the roll cage and dropped some weight," he said.

King also installed a dogbox in his machine.

"It [the car] should be a lot easier to drive. I've also overhauled the brake system to avoid a repeat of what happened in stage one in Bog Walk," he said.

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