Full speed ahead for Carib Invasion

Observer writer

Friday, May 19, 2017

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THE Seaboard Marine Caribbean Invasion race meet scheduled for JamWest Speedway in Westmoreland is still on track for this weekend.The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

“The teams have their rain tyres and we expect Jamaica to dominate,” said Monique Gibbs, president of Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC).

Twenty-two competitors –– eight from Guyana, 12 from Trinidad & Tobago, one Bajan, and a Caymanian will race against Jamaica's finest. The meet has international implications as it's the opening round of the 2017 Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC). In 2016, Trinidad & Tobago claimed the country title.

Gibbs confirmed that the big names will be out to defend Jamaica's honour in the several international and local classes up for contention. However, as of press time defending CMRC Group 4 four-wheel-drive champion Doug “Hollywood” Gore was still awaiting the engine of his Audi to be delivered from the United Kingdom.

“We had sent the engine away for upgrades, but should it arrive in time we'll be good to go against the likes of Kyle Gregg,” Gore explained.

Saturday will be a full day of qualifying. On Sunday, racing starts at approximately 9:00 am with an 18-race programme.

Reports from the circuit have been good indicating that it has not been affected by the inclement weather that is affecting the island.

“It's actually the opposite, the rain has washed the track clean,” said Silbourne Clarke, CMRC chairman.

Clarke went on to explain that JamWest has been waiting for this event as it will see two major changes implemented. The first is a resigned back straight and a repaving programme that had covered problem areas on the track surface.

“We made a change on the back straight for safety, to slow the cars down around 20 to 30 miles per hour.”

Clarke said they were previously able to hit over 150mph there. The surface and corner have been re-profiled with a nearby wall removed.




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