Gregg off with a bang

Observer writer

Friday, April 06, 2018

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KYLE Gregg showed why he's the reigning circuit racing champion as he put in a strong performance at the season opener, the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Total Lubricants Carnival of Speed, held on Easter Monday, at Dover Raceway in St Ann.

Gregg won two of the three Thundersport 2 class races and secured a second-place finish on the day.

“It's good to be back on top, especially in the face of good competition from David (Summerbell Jr). There was only a 10th of second between us for most of the weekend. It was only unfortunate that Doug (Gore) was out,” Gregg told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

The GB Energy-backed driver is looking forward to the eventual three-way tussle that should result when Gore returns to the fray in the TS2 class.

“My car felt good, not the best it's ever been, but there's more to come and we can go faster. Until otherwise, we'll maintain the pace we currently have and continue on this path back to the championship,” he added.

David Summerbell Jr had Gregg's full attention on race day as he blitzed out a 1:16.501 second lap time to grab the Thundersport (TS) 2 pole position. In comparison, Gregg holds the Dover lap record at 1:16.10. Summerbell Jr sat in second at a nail- biting 1:16.579. However, it all fell apart for the Total Summerbell racing team in the day's opening TS race as Summerbell Jr out braked himself into the first corner, landing into the gravel trap. He was joined several laps later by teammate Andre Anderson, leaving Gregg to romp to victory. In the reverse grid second race, Summerbell Jr on fresher tyres held off Gregg. For the third and final race, the situation was reversed and Gregg with new slicks made pass in the closing moments for victory.

In TS1, Samantha Summerbell scored two out of three race wins for healthy debut in the class racing a Radical similar to her father's.

The other big battles took place in the Modified Production (MP) classes. MP1 was had no decisive winner as three drivers — Don Gilbert, Ian Wright and Nicholas Barnes — took wins — MP2 was the opposite as it saw the resumption of fight for top honours between William Myers and Fraser McConnell. The pair raced hard all day with Myers nabbing two wins to McConnell's one.

Peter Jaggon and Kevin Chok took MP3 and MP4, respectively.

Improved Production class one (IP1) was swept by Ricardo Scott. Nigel Wilmot was able to hold off Senna Summerbell for one race in IP2, but lost the other two. Sebastien Rae was a double winner in IP3, his streak broken by Demar Lee.

Steven Scott, George Wainwright and Kirk Walters all won a race each in B45N. The same happened in B45T in which Denniston Graham, Alan Gordon and John Steele were each winners as well.

In Motorcycle class A, Kyle Reynolds went home a two-race victor from Robert McDonald and Mario Woon, who won a race each. Motorcycle class B had its triple winner in Danielle Davidson, with Damien Lee securing one win.

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