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Top marks for Top Gear Festival

Friday, May 23, 2014    

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JAMAICAN racer Doug Gore was more than pleased with his performance in last weekend's Top Gear Festival Barbados, at the island's newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit.

"The show was amazing and being the only participating Caribbean driver not from Barbados was a proud moment," Gore said.

Gore was also happy to be sharing the stage with such high-profile international drivers like Rallycross star Tanner Foust and ex-F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr. His Audi TT-R DTM also got its share of attention from the fans, but Gore found the machinery presented at the festival rather impressive.

"Seeing the F1 car in full action up close was an experience. Also all the race, rally and exotic cars made it amazing," he said.

The Ultimate Showdown was cancelled due to time constraints halting the chance to faceoff against Lewis Hamilton's Formula One car. Still, the Audi managed to clock the second-fastest time around the brand new track.

"My lap time was around a 1:07 seconds," Gore explained.

Gore admitted the Audi could have gone faster. However, the circuit was also being used for the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). The GRC cars were throwing up dirt on the track making it tricky to drive.

"It was hard to put down a time. Even Hamilton had to go out twice before beating my time in the F1 car. The track is also a lot different to drive than it is in the pictures," he added.

According to Gore, Hamilton's time was not official and as a result it was not recorded.

— Rory Daley

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