Racers head west

Observer writer

Friday, May 11, 2018

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JAMAICA'S big three — current circuit racing champion Kyle Gregg, David Summerbell Jr and Doug “Hollywood” Gore — will be present at this weekend's Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at Jamwest Speedway in Little London, Westmoreland.

The two-day event will see the majority of qualifying take place on Saturday, May 12, and a full programme of racing the following day.

The 'big three' will join 23 racers from six countries, including Antigua, Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, the United States, and the Cayman Islands.

Gregg and Summerbell Jr will be facing off in their Radical race cars, while Gore, who is still awaiting the completion of repairs to his Kia Rio, will be contesting the BMW Cup. All three have assured they'll be representing Jamaica but have stated slightly different aims.

“I'm more focused on the local competition and championship. I will represent Jamaica for overall points for the CMRC, but my main goal is to win my JRDC (Jamaica Race Drivers' Club) class championship,” Gregg told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Gregg is currently in the points lead over class rival David Summerbell Jr having taking two victories to Summerbell's one at the season opener on Easter Monday at Dover Raceway in St Ann.

“My car is set up for Jamwest more than Dover, especially the gear ratios. I can get maximum speed out of the Radical at Jamwest,” he explained.

Given the facility's long front straight, Gregg says speeds for up to 150 mph are possible.

The other driver looking to see what his car can do is Summerbell Jr as this will be his first visit to the circuit with his new Radical.

“Both championships are important to me, but if I had to choose one it would be the local one,” he said.

He also expects things to be faster at Jamwest compared to Dover Raceway. While Gregg remains a threat, he is not ruling out Bajan Mark Maloney, who is also driving a Radical SR3.

Gore will take the wheel of one of the local BMW Cup cars, which are based on the BMW 318ti. He will be joining the other 10 such cars from Antigua on track. He was initially apprehensive about racing a borrowed car, but was convinced to do so by the owner.

“I shouldn't have any issues, it being rear-wheel drive with a welded differential kind of takes me back to my Audi roots, so I should settle in fine. I don't have the seat time of the others, but I'll use my racecraft and knowledge of Jamwest as best as I can,” Gore said.

Local CMRC representative Silbourne Clarke confirmed that all the cars were in the island and that the track has been prepped to ensure competitive racing.

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