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TAG joins JRDC for Dover showdown

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Friday, October 12, 2012    

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JAMAICA Race Drivers Club (JRDC) has announced the staging of its final circuit racing Championship race of the season at the Shell Heroes of Speed Raceday on Monday at Dover Raceway, St Ann.

JRDC president Mark Carey made the declaration at a press launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston yesterday and lauded The Antilles Group (TAG) for joining JRDC in a multiple-year sponsorship to perpetuate circuit racing at Dover for years to come.

Carey said while TAG may not be familiar to some Jamaicans, its products that include Shell Helix motor oils and Shell V-Power gasolene are well known to almost every motorist.

He said the level of sponsorship will open avenues for more competitive racing and intense rivalry. This he sees as starting with the Shell Heroes of Speed Raceday when perennial champion David Summerbell Jnr, Kyle Gregg, Peter Rae and inspiring championship-gunning lady driver Natasha Chang, to name a few, will inspire epic rivalry at the racing saga.

At this stage of the championship Summerbell Jnr is poised to eclipse the MP4 category in a Modified Production championship quest. He will be hounded, though, by teammate Kyle Gregg, who is a mere four points adrift and nipping at his heels in the race for the overall title.

Junior driver Gregg seems poised for championship success as he leads in the MP2 category, while Andre Anderson tops MP3.

In the MP3 category, Dean Shaw is well placed to take over from Anderson, which means the latter cannot afford to suffer mechanical failure.

Alan Chen, who is no mug at the wheel, is a mere 12 points behind Gregg in the MP2 category. These two have battled it out all season with nailbiting finishes.

A mishap put them out of compliance for some time, but they returned to Dover pumped up and continued to dominate MP2 with a vengeance. At the final stages Gregg has been doing a fine job of holding Chen at bay by inches. For success, Gregg will have to continue to maintain his marginal hold as Chen plans to be relentless in his quest for stardom.

Tarik Minot currently leads MP1 driving a well-prepared and well-built machine. Don Gilbert is his major challenger and this could turn out to be a case of "may the best Suzuki win".

Fans classified Bracket racing as the most exciting event on the racing calendar at Dover and here, George Bayley and Gary Williams are almost neck-and-neck in the race for parity.

Bayley made it clear at the press launch that come Heroes Day, he meant serious business as after he enters his machine there is nothing friendly about him being on the track as he is there only to win. However Williams, hailing from the Montego Bay team, will not give up without a fight.

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