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Dexterity takes centre stage

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer

Friday, June 07, 2019

The second in the high-intensity dexterity series, Asphalt Assault, is slated for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, on Sunday.

Organisers Team Streetz Jamaica said the event is shaping up to be an exciting one.

“We're going to Montego Bay as there are several competitors from MoBay and surrounding areas that routinely make the cross island trek to support our events so it's only fair we return the favour,” Christopher James of Team Streetz Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

He listed two other factors why the series, normally held around Kingston and its environs, has opted to make the venue change.

“There's a plethora of machinery on that side of the island that haven't seen real competition in some time; we think it's about time they roar again. After all, that's why they were built. Also, MoBay has a strong motorsports culture and the people have been through so much, Team Streetz Jamaica would like to contribute some positive entertainment,” James said.

The second round should see some intense competition because of the friendly rivalry between the Kingston and Montego Bay drivers, with the latter having home court advantage.

“There will be machinery galore, intense competition as many want to settle the legendary Kingston versus MoBay rivalry,” he said.

Kingston regulars like Daren “Upsetta” Givans are high-value competition for the hometown drivers. Givans will be reigniting his round-one battle with MoBay's Ian Wright. Wright should have support from some of the biggest names on that side of the island and in the dexterity game such as Maurice Whittingham, Nicholas Barnes, Chris-John Addison, and Cleve “Cutta Hype” Ottey. Givan's may have to form a necessary truce with fellow Kingstonian Joel Jackson, who is taking his Nissan Silvia to the event. A sure sign of how serious he's taking the event.

“We're pleased at the numbers from Kingston so far. JETCON Racing has confirmed, so too has the Stewarts Racing team, the Vaz family and of course Daren,” said James.

'Asphalt Assault: A Bay Tings' will continue the wet and slide format. The series will return to the Advanced Driver Training Centre in Portmore, St Catherine on July 28.