Dover's final showdownSunday, October 16, 2016
Rory Daley Observer writer
THE 2016 circuit racing season will come to an exciting close on Monday, October 17, at Dover Raceway in St Ann, with the Jamaica Race Drivers Club's (JRDC) Heroes of Speed.
"The last of the series is always our biggest meet and this year several of the championships are the closest they've ever been in a long while," Monique Gibbs, JRDC president, told Jamaica Observer.
Gibbs said that fans can expect racing all day, as 14 races are scheduled.
"The final race of the day and the season will be held in honour of late Gleaner motorsports reporter Glenroy Sinclair," said Gibbs.
Currently, the overall championship is a battle between Brian Shor and 2015 champion Fraser McConnell. In Modified Production class one, Nicholas Barnes will be trying to stay ahead of Ian Wright. In Modified Production class two, Ackeel Shorter is within striking distance of class leader William Myers. That situation is duplicated in Thundersport with Kyle Gregg and Douglas Gore. In the bikes, it's Kyle Reynolds verses Robert McDonald while Mario Woon leads Linton Martin in the motorcycle class B.
Ultimately, it's Thundersport where all the major action is expected to take place as the three big names Gregg, Gore and David Summerbell Jr are trying to break the victory stalemate that has engulfed them. For class leader Gore, an all-out fight has to be tempered since he's leading in the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) too. Any damage occurred in Jamaica could potentially affect his regional aspirations.
"I'm aiming at both the local and CMRC championships, but I can't be too cautious here given the level of competition," Gore said.
To ensure he's at the front of the pack, Gore has sought help out of Europe and developed a new suspension set-up that he feels will suit Dover's track.
Gregg and Summerbell Jr have no such issues and have making their final preparations to challenge each other. Both have been testing to ensure their vehicles are in tip-top shape for the final showdown of the season.
"We have a new set-up, and been analysing data to maximise my driving style. For me, I want to win the Thundersport championship in my first year in the class," Gregg said.
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