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Gregg sprints to top

Friday, September 07, 2018

It was a battle to the finish for Kyle Gregg at the second sprint of the Drivers Rallysport Club's (DRC) 2018 season in Brighton River, St Elizabeth, on Sunday, August 26. The GB Energy/Texaco-sponsored driver kept his rivals at bay to secure maximum points in the event's championship run as well as the overall honours.

“It was nice that they resurrected an old track. The last time I raced on that track was back in 2009 with my first rally car. The competition was excellent as I managed to beat Fraser (McConnell) and Timothy (Stewart) by just over a second,” Gregg told the Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

It was speed from the drop of the first flag as Gregg and his JN8 class rivals pushed their cars to the limit around the dirt circuit. All three saw their times fall with each of the three runs afforded them.

It was McConnell who was second fastest in class. Time penalties accrued from contact with course barriers meant his final lap times didn't reflect his ultimate pace. Dropping to second in class to Gregg, he literally drove the wheels off his Subaru Impreza STi during the championship run.

“We had set the pace from early on and the Subaru was running flawlessly. Unfortunately, we suffered a flat tyre in the championship run but was able to capture third,” McConnell said.

Filling the second spot was Stewart. With his car back on the island after an overseas refresh, he was keen to show off its new capabilities.

“It felt great to be back in the car. To be out of the car for eight months and still be competitive with Kyle and Fraser, I couldn't ask for anything else,” he said.

Lee Vaz and Thomas Hall rounded out the top-five finishers in fourth and fifth, respectively.

For Gregg, this is his third win out of the four DRC events so far, pushing his goal of the DRC triple crown — the sprint, rally and overall championships — within reach.

McConnell, who has been splitting his driving duties between local events and the North American America's Rallycross series, is prepping for that series finale in Texas at the end of the month.

For Stewart, it's about re-familiarisation as he and his team focuses on Rally Jamaica which now bears his grandfather's name — at the end of the year.

— Rory Daley