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A Radical affair at JamWest

By Rory Daley
Observer writer
daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, May 24, 2019

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MOTORSPORT action shifts gear to the wide expanse of the JamWest Motorsports & Adventure Park in Little Hope, Westmoreland, for Sunday's outing dubbed Circuit Wheels on Fire.

The 14-race programme, organised by Jamaica Race Driver's Club, is scheduled to start at 7:30 am with qualifying sessions.

A feature of the meet is the face-off of Radical racecars.

Leading the charges is 2018 Circuit Racing champion and Dover Raceway lap record holder Kyle Gregg.

“JamWest is very flowing and fast track. Some corners require the most out of you. The Radicals are built for that type of track with the downforce they create. We may not be the fastest down the straights but we can out-brake most cars and our corner speeds are a lot quicker,” Gregg told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Gregg will be up against two other Radical drivers who made their mark at the last meet at Dover Raceway in St Ann in April: William Myers ; and, Trinidadian Kristian Boodosingh of the Dwight Lue-run Lueboyz racing team. It was a stalemate at their previous outing as all three took a race victory each.

For Gregg, the opportunity to come out on top was stymied by mechanical problems resulting in just one race win and the resetting of the Dover lap record from 1:16.10 seconds to 1:15.8 seconds in his Radical RXC.

“The lap record will for sure be under jeopardy not by just me alone. Myself, Myers and Boodosingh will all be gunning for it. All of us have a realistic chance of winning this weekend,” Gregg said.

To ensure victory, Gregg has sorted the car and will be doing some pre-event testing.

“The car is now ready. We found more problems with the drive-by-wire system after the race meet which resulted in us not getting full throttle,” he said.

His rivals have admitted to a different strategy.

According to Lue, consistency is his team's aim and very minimal changes will be made to his car as Boodosingh is already familiar with the Westmoreland-based circuit.

“The aim is to win, but we're looking at the overall championship, not just this event or even for a lap record,” Lue explained.

Lue also feels that the faster Radical RXC of Gregg has the advantage at JamWest.

Myers, who just made the switch to a Radical SR3, has similar views, keeping his car the same.

“The car is good. No changes for this meet. Running everything the same as it was at Dover,” he said.

Like Lue, he feels Gregg will be at the front.

“I think we still have a chance to fight. We will have a disadvantage on the straight. But the car should suit the rest of the track very well and hopefully give us an advantage on some of my competitors,” Myers said.

Radicals aside, Douglas “Hollywood” Gore plans to put himself in the mix with his 'revitalised' KIA Rio racecar.

“I think this track suits the KIA a little better than Dover for the time being because of the gearing, so I don't think we will be too far off the pace,” he said.

At Dover Raceway, the KIA Rio suffered a mechanical failure. He is, however, optimistic about his chances come Sunday.

“We went testing the other day and we were two seconds off of the track record so, we left feeling pretty good about that. With a dirty track and old tires that was not too bad at all.”

Gore said he won't be leaving anything to chance.

“We are making sure the car is in good shape. Taking the car to the dyno this week. Making sure that all bolts are secure. We hope to have no breakdowns over the weekend. I think if that happens then we should be okay,” Gore added.


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