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END OF THE ROAD

LueBoyz Racing Team exits motorsports

By Rory Daley
Observer writer
daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, May 31, 2019

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LAST Sunday's Jamaica Race Drivers Club Circuit Wheels on Fire at JamWest Motorsports & Adventure Park in Little Hope, Westmoreland, was the last for 34-year-old LueBoyz Racing.

Team principal Dwight Lue shared the development with Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

“I say I have come full circle in all what I have wanted to achieve in motorsports and Lueboyz Racing have no more to prove,” said Lue.

LueBoyz closed off their more than three-decade run in motor sports with a first and second-place finish in circuit racing's top tier class, Thundersport 2 (TS2) with Trinidadian Kristian Boodoosingh driving their Radical SR8.

“It was a joy and a very good feeling to have beaten Kyle (Gregg) at JamWest again in fine style,” said Lue. “Thanks Jamaica and the fans for all the support over the 34 years journey.”

Kyle Gregg is the 2018 circuit racing champion.

Boodoosingh would also capture the western circuit's lap record, posting a time of 1 minute 10.7 seconds, beating the previous record holder Gregg's 1:11.449.

Lue cited family commitments as his reason for leaving the local motorsports scene, pointing out that he's also sold his drag racing assets.

“My last son, Brandon, heads off to college soon so I am going to be spending a lot of time away now. It's now time to relax and enjoy. I know LueBoyz Racing will be sadly missed, but that is life. We are getting older now and my focus has changed towards other things,” he said.

Lue's exit still leaves Gregg and William Myers, who drive a Radical RXC and SR3, respectively.

Interestingly, Gregg also posted a first and second-place finish at the meet. Myers took a third in the opening TS2 race. Both fought through mechanical issues but couldn't recover in time as the meet ended prematurely due to rain.

“JamWest had its highs and lows. The car had some mechanical problems in qualifying which resulted in us starting at the back of race 1. We finished 2nd in that race. In race 2 we started 2nd on the grid and we managed to pass Kristian Boodoosingh to take the win for that race. Race 3, unfortunately, had to be cancelled due to heavy rain. We have a little break now so we plan to send some parts back for rebuilding and try and solve the little things which have been haunting us lately,” said Gregg.

Things were worst off for Myers, who didn't make it TS2 race 2.

“It wasn't a great meet. We were third in the first race. Electrical issues made us miss the second race. And the third race rained out, so not the best day for us, as we only got to run one race,” Myers said.

Like Gregg, he'll be using the time between the next meet in August to fine-tune his car. Joining Myers having a poor meet was Doug “Hollywood” Gore who suffered an engine failure in his KIA Rio racer.

“It was a big disappointment because considering that we were getting faster and faster in testing. We even recorded the fastest lap time ever recorded by a four-wheel drive car, faster than David Summerbell Jr and even the cars from Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad,” Gore said.

For the KIA, the engine and transmission will head back to Germany for repairs and upgrades for the upcoming meet at the Dover Raceway in St Ann.

There was one racer that was able to collect multiple trophies, and that was Senna Summerbell, son of David Summerbell Jr Summerbell won both TS1 races, managed two Improved Production class 2 victories along with a second-place finish in the third IP2 race. He secured a second and third-place finish in Modified Production Class 3.

In MP1, Nicholas Barnes took both races. Collin Daley Jr did the same in MP2.

Oliver Townsend joined the double winners winning MP3 as did Jamie James in MP4. Kyle Mais swept all three IP1 races. Don Gilbert managed to hold off Summerbell for the IP2 race 3 win.

Sheldon Gordon was able to stop a clean sweep of IP3 by Alan Gordon. Antwane Forrester took two races to Robert Murray's single in the Super Street N (SSN) class, while Ryan Knott swept the three SST class races.

Gregory Cross, Kyle Reynolds, and Robert McDonald gained a Motorcycle class A win each. Al Woon had two wins in Motorcycle class B with Shimron Melville halting his trifecta.


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