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Vaz again

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer
daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 18, 2019

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Lee Vaz was the top driver at Asphalt Assault: Dirt Splurt on October 6 at the Tru-Juice Orchards, Bog Walk, St Catherine, posting the fastest overall single lap for the day.

“It felt good to drive 'Snow White' again and finish the dexterity on top. We are excited for the Montego Bay event in December and will be driving rear-wheel drive for that event if all goes as planned,” Vaz told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

'Snow White' is what Vaz has dubbed his Subaru Impreza STI. His day saw a dual battle between the weather and his dexterity series rival Joel Jackson.

“When walking the course I wasn't sure how the four-wheel drive would do. The course was pretty tight. When the times came in it was clear. It was more manageable than expected with the four-wheel drive and a clear win, once a clean run could be made,” he said.

Rain leading up to the event saw it almost cancelled, however, the organisers managed to work in sections of the mud to excite fans looking for sideways driving action. Vaz danced his four-wheel drive turbocharged Subaru through the cones trading times with Joel Jackson, who had stuck with his Mazda Miata for this dexterity.

“Asphalt Assault: Dirt Splurt was fun, but I knew I didn't stand a chance against him in the rally car, still it was fun making him sweat a bit,” Jackson said.

And sweat Vaz did as on his second run at the course Jackson took a 0.4 second advantage over the 1 minute 23.848 seconds the Subaru put down. It wasn't until the last run that Vaz drove fast enough to post the overall fastest time with a 1:18.367. Jackson conceded with a 1:22.341.

Behind the two another battle raged, Colin and Spencer Whittingham were one of the two father and son teams sharing the same car. In the end youth overcame experience as son Spencer squeezed out a thin margin over his father for third and fourth place respectively in their Volkswagen Golf GTi.

Their fight managed to push the ever-consistent Daren Givans to fifth position. As a consolation Givans was third fastest of the professional drivers.

The event was well supported with 22 drivers in attendance. Christopher James of organisers Team Streetz Jamaica explained that his team has big plans for the series finale in Montego Bay on December 15.


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