JMMC Ironshore Tarmac Sprint #3, June 19, 2011.

The next event on the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s National Sprint Championship calendar is the Ironshore Tarmac Sprint #3, scheduled for Sunday, June 19 at Montego Park Estate (Morgan’s Property) Ironshore, Montego Bay, St. James.
Motorsports has been gaining ever widening exposure since the start of 2011 and with the Ironshore event being the traditional host of the largest audience for sprint events over the years, the upcoming meet is set to follow that trend and continue the focus of media attention on this fast paced sport. ATL Automotive Racing has committed to using the event as their home event short of a Montego Bay City Race (also in the cards) in addition to involvement from advertising partners The Automotive Performance Centre Ltd, KFC, Xsomo, Catherines Peak, Tru Juice, Ward’s Power Tools, A & B Fashion Signal and Lloyd’s of Montego Bay.

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JMMC/Just Bet/Advance Performance Parts/Petcom Tarmac Rally #1

By Nicola Williams. Edited by Dean Corrodus.
Photos by Donavon Montague, Gregory Brissett, Michael Samuels & Nicola Williams.

Cool, cool Mandeville, capital city of Manchester, was the venue for the staging of the first tarmac rally for 2011 on Sunday, May 29. The Jamaican countryside is known for its winding roads, lush greenery and hospitable people and the normally sleepy, mid island town lived up to that reputation very well. This rally had only eight entrants, and for most superficial rally fans, not worth the trip, but for the diehard motorsports enthusiasts, it presents an opportunity for a “road trip” filled with laughter, an eclectic combination of foods and most importantly, eye candy of all types, from the beautiful flora and fauna to the cars being expertly maneuvered through the twists and turns but inches from your toes. The look of wonderment in the children’s eyes as the cars pass is priceless, they having never had their sleepy village woken with the sound of loud exhausts and the flash of cars driven at the highest speed possible in the twisty corners.  The sidelines erupted into – “Yes man, Alan a move, yuh hear di turbo” or “baxide Matthew a gwaan tiday doa”. For me, the commentary from the sidelines at any motorsports events is almost as entertaining as the cars and on some days, even more.

Undeniably, this rally belonged to Alan Chen/Marcia Dawes, with their turbo charged Toyota Corolla SR5, and so it should, as Alan is most comfortable in a rear wheel drive car and the hills of Mandeville are his stomping ground. He probably knows every inch of the Melrose Hill stage intimately. The Chen/Dawes duo finished with an overall time of 17 minutes 23 seconds, which included a donut in the middle of the Melrose Hill stage, which both frightened and pleased the fans immensely.

He was followed by Sebastian Rae/Rameses McGregor with an overall time of 17m.27s. in their Mitsubishi Mirage which one normally sees at Dover. On what is thought to be his first rally, Rae roared through the hillside with his JA3 classified car making quick work of the twisty corners and appeared determined to leave an indelible tyre track wherever he went.

Another rear wheel drive expert, Maurice Whittingham, chose to leave that type of weapon at home and field a front wheel drive Toyota Levin in the JA2 class, and was 21 seconds behind the leader with an overall time of 17m.45s. He drove very clean lines with very little of his usual flamboyant, crowd pleasing drifts and slides through the corners. One could hardly blame him, as with a sheer rock face on one side and a plunging precipice on the other, it was advisable to keep it straight. Pity no one sent that memo to Mr. Chen though. Based on the comments heard at the fast right/left switchback across from the bar on the Old Melrose Hill special stage where the spectators gathered, (“doan stan up dehso, Whitty chuck aaf eena di bush right dehso few years back”) it still amazes me the stories and memories that are related on a rally stage, whilst waiting for the next competitor.

The team of Matthew Gore/Raymond Farquharson, a crowd favorite, suffered driveline breakage on special stage 3 before lunch, and his crew could be seen feverishly working on the car to get it back on the road to finish the rally – “Bwaaay, Matchoo a guh hard star, him need some a dem strong axle wha come fram farin”. Luckily for them, Toyota parts are easily procured even in sleepy Mandeville on a Sunday and very quickly an axle was found and installed and he was back in the event. The manner in which he came through the switchback with “blood innah him eye” trying to make up for the time lost, was amazing. They finished fourth overall with a time of 17m.53s. Gore is the reigning Rally sport champion, and it is very clear that he intends to retain the title in the Team Mobay Racing camp.

The real star of the show, was actually the 7th placed contender, in “Rusty” piloted by the pair of Troy Bernard and Roger Brown. “Rusty” hails from Montego Bay and is usually seen at Spot Valley, however they ventured into the Rally arena for the first time to encouraging cheers as he passed through the stages and the shouts shall echo in my ears for a while to come – “Gwaan, Rusty – yuh look pap dung but di engine a run!!” I want to add, Rusty was driven from Montego Bay and back – “No wrecker roun ere!” Well done to Troy and his crew. There is an old adage – “to finish first, one must first finish” and indeed “Rusty” finished his first rally with an overall time of 20m.34s.

Mandeville Rally was “likkle but tallawah,” and a great time was had by all. The awards ceremony was held at KFC Mandeville and the victorious home boy Alan Chen took his machine out on the streets and gave an impromptu drifting display complete with smoking tyres for the large Sunday evening crowd which had gathered in the street.

Overall results – Stage 1 – 7
Pos   Driver/Co-Driver   Class   2WD4WD   Make Car   Elapsed Time

1   Alan Chen/Marcia Dawes   JA4   2WD   Toyota Corolla SR5   17:23.936
2   Sebastian Rae/Rameses McGregor   JA3   2WD   Mitsubishi Mirage   17:27.235
3   Maurice Whittingham/Robert Singh   JA2   2WD   Toyota Corolla Levin   17:45.346
4   Matthew Gore/Raymond Farquharson   JA2   2WD   Toyota Starlet   17:53.666
5   Thomas Hall/Andre Gordon   JA4   2WD   Toyota Starlet   18:05.119
6   Macklin Peterkin/Wayne Chuck   JN8   4WD   Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C   18:11.852
7   Troy Bernard/Roger Brown   JA2   2WD   Toyota Starlet   20:34.560

Dean Corrodus/Gregory Brissett   JA3   2WD   Honda Civic Type R   DNF

The event was made possible with the assistance of  Advance Performance Parts, Catherine’s Peak, Petcom, Seafreight Jamaica Ltd, Tru Juice, Knutsford Court, Just Bet (Supreme Ventures), Seaboard, KFC, Xsomo and The Automotive Performance Centre Ltd.

The next event on the JMMC calendar will be the JMMC Ironshore Tarmac Sprint #3 to be held at Montego Park estates (Morgan’s Property), Ironshore, Montego Bay on June 19 starting at 11am.
For more information about Jamaican motorsports, visit or call the JMMC office at       934-1288.

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New JMMC board members and tire regulations amendment

This serves to notify all that the new co-opted members to the JMMC Board following the JMMC AGM & Elections are as follows:
Gina Tomlinson
Robert Thelwell
Andrew Jackson
Please note these persons were nominated and agreed to by the current elected JMMC Board to fill the requirement for Directors to the ASN committee. The complete board for the JMMC is now as follows:
Dean Corrodus – Chairman
Rosemarie Jadusingh – Vice Chairman
Marcia Dawes-Lamey – Exec Secretary
Michael Fennell Jr. – Treasurer
Marc Evans – CSC Chairman
Dmitri Dawkins – Director (Public Relations)
Gail Grimes – Director
Peter Clarke – Director
Ibraheem Khan – Director
Gina Tomlinson – Director
Robert Thelwell – Director
Andrew Jackson – Director

Issued May 26, 2011

Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club • Kingston, Jamaica •

2011 JMMC Regulations Amendment

Section 6

Vehicle Requirements for Speed Events

Amendment 2011 – 001

Date: May 26, 2011

With immediate effect.

In regards to Article 6.1.3 l ii) and Article 6.1. 4 a) of Section 6 (Vehicle Requirements for Speed Events) of the Rules & Regulations of the JMMC.

This amendment supersedes all previously issued amendments and prescriptions addressing these articles.

“Tyres are restricted to DOT, TUV, JIS, ISO or any other international equivalent. There are no minimum requirements for the treading or grooves on competition tyres.”

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Jamaica Race Drivers Club’s Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship Round 1 May 22nd and 23rd 2011, Dover Raceway

Jamaica Race Drivers Club’s Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship Round 1 May 22nd and 23rd 2011, Dover Raceway
By Nicola Williams and Dean Corrodus.

Dover “tun up” fi true… including the sun hot! Somebody needs to turn down the temperature on the oven. The Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) Dover Meet actually commenced on Sunday May 22nd, and was spread across two days because of the number of races – this race meet was an international event and we welcomed competitors from Cayman, Barbados and Guyana.

The first day of racing had qualifying and four races to whet the appetite of the many spectators that made the trek to the Dover Raceway in the hills of St. Ann. These four races included the first Mofified Production 4 with the anticipated battle between Doug “Hollywood” Gore and David “the King” Summerbell. Gore was on pole from an earlier qualifying run time of 1 min.18.888 secs. and led the race from the get go – the screams of the crowd (including myself) were frenzied and urgent; “Gooooooo Doug!” Persons bit their nails covered their eyes while others shouted “Gwaaaaaan David, Nyam him food!” However it seems as if the “King” had some major issues – on lap 3, he was seen swerving slightly from side to side and then came to a halt just before the back esses. Doug continued on to place first, far ahead of his nearest competitor. This has given him and his team the well needed confidence in the Audi TT.

Doug Gore/David Summerbell                    David Summerbell             Doug Gore

On to the second race day; both sun block and a rain coat were needed on this day – badly. In the morning the skies were clear and the sun seemed as if the temperature was set on super high – the infield of Dover was awash with display booths, varying items associated with motor sports, all vying for attention. The smell of chicken jerking and “Soupie John’s” wares filled the air. This, along with the varying conversations that the fans were having, set the stage for a great day as one traversed the venue. “Wha mek dem farin man cyar so loud?” The answer was hilarious: “Dem can tan deh loud, King David a guh school dem prapa.” Motor sports fans like any other choose a driver or drivers that they follow, come thick or thin and their passion for that driver remains unfazed throughout that drivers tenure at the track. The opening ceremony was short and sweet, the national anthems played and balloons representing the colors of the Jamaican flag were freed into the skies. Let the race dem start – no long talking!!

Dover Grandstands                   Competitors at the opening ceremony                Colors of Jamaica

The first three races of the day were CMRC races, as this Dover was not a local event; we had competitors from overseas in car and bike races, some very interesting rides indeed. David “the King” Summerbell in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8, sponsored by Total Lubricants, dominated this race, with the Barbados based Maloney father and son duo in the Automotive Art sponsored Mazda RX3 and Audi A4 following him swiftly down the track, trying their hardest to pick up as many points to secure the Caribbean Championship from early on. David’s best lap time in this race was 1.21 followed by the younger Maloney with his best lap time of 1.22.

David Summerbell and Mark Maloney          Mark Maloney       Mark Maloney and Doug Maloney

“Yow, di bike dem a run” is the next phrase one hears from the crowd and all activity ceases, nuh food nah buy, people don’t even drink dem drinks, di bike dem a guh hard!!! The battle of the countries is intense to say the least, and the bike races gave the excited crowd enough dare devilry to last them a very long time.  Stefan Chin riding his Honda CBR600 in class A ruled the track, doing a best lap time of 1.24 and although Stephen Vieira’s best lap time was faster at 1.23, he still couldn’t manage to reach the checkered flag first. Halquin Rodney came with his best lap time of 1.26. Bikes are historically popular with Jamaicans and the excitement displayed in this race and all the bike races is no different, the heart stopping angle that the bikers lean into the track almost defies gravity in each corner as they move blisteringly fast, with that high pitched scream that echoes throughout the St. Ann mountains. I am still trying to make up my mind which one is louder, the crowds or the bikes.

Halquin Rodney       Stefan Chin    Stephen Viera

There were sixteen races on the second day of the meet, and within those sixteen races are two groups of CMRC car races, CMRC “big juice” (Group 4) “small juice” (Group 2) and the bikes.  The Group 2 CMRC race is the smaller of the horse power cars but no less exciting and in some cases they were more exciting than the “big juice races”, as the battle for supremacy in these somewhat evenly matched machines, makes for close racing and the driver with the more daring maneuvers wins the battle. Sometimes in racing it is not all about horse power, but about braking and strategy. The CMRC Group 2 races 1 and 2 were won by Mark Thompson in a Toyota Starlet nicknamed “Ointment”, which I may add was a crowd favorite as he and his driving were spoken about way into the night. “Di yute wid di starlet sell off!” “Yuh did see dat caaarna?”  Mark Thompson and his Starlet were clearly very entertaining and set best lap times of 1.33 and 1.34. Second and third places  went to Chet and Raj Singh in their Honda Civics, and in the third race, RaJ Singh took first place with a best lap time of 1.41, followed by Kenrick Husband in a Toyota Starlet and Afraz Allie also in a Totoya Starlet. Wait deh di Starlet dem popula eena dis race eeh?…..Nuh worry, a suh di ting set.

Mark Thompson           Chet Singh                         Raj Singh

Moving away from the CMRC races, one must mention the B45 races, as the bungling up and brukking out in this race was just plain epic. To explain, the B45 race was created to allow persons with street cars to race at Dover in a controlled environment. There are two groups within the B45 races, Turbo Charged and Naturally aspirated. The field of B45 cars was large and the racing albeit a lot slower than other races, but just as entertaining, the aim of the racers is not to go faster than 1min.45 secs. in their lap times, though this feat appears to be very hard to achieve as a lot of them seem to get caught up with the excitement and end up finishing outside their respective bracket. The B45T race on the second day was won by Don Thompson in his Subaru Impreza WRX STi sponsored by Vitalmed, with a best lap time of 1.48, followed by Dayne “Chucky” Chuck in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 and Patrick Ricketts in a Nissan AD Wagon. The NA class was taken by Jermaine James, Chressmore White and Jason McPherson. The issue at hand is the roll cage, once they step up to a faster class, they must install a roll cage to comply with the regulations.

Kylus, Kylus, Kylus  is all that comes to mind when one thinks about the Modified Production Class 2 races. Kyle Gregg, “what a yute can drive” –He late brakes as if he is still driving a go kart, himself and Andre Anderson are the face of motorsports in the years to come, mark my words. Kyle won all MP 2 races, in his Heroes Tyres sponsored Honda Civic with a Xavier Murray prepared B20 2 litre engine. His dad Gary is in a totally different bracket race which is run concurrently, MP1, his best lap times are not far off Kyle’s. Vivian Mitchell came second in the MP2 race with a best lap time and Peter Jaggon was third. Wait deh Kyle, yuh better watch out!! In watching the second race, Gary was in front of Kyle, but when asked about it, the response was – you have to give the old man a little fun! Gary was the winner of the 2010 Rally Jamaica.

The CMRC event was indeed a success, the gremlins from the previous event seemed have been exorcised. The new road, extended parking, increased vendor areas, shuttle bus service and satellite parking lot and a strong security forces presence made for a much more comfortable event. We look forward to the next even in August with much anticipation.

Photos courtesy of Shane Munroe, Omar Munroe, Michael Samuels, Donavon Montague and Nicola Williams

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JMMC/Just Bet/Petcom/Seafreight Marine Tarmac Stages Rally #1

The Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club in association with Just Bet, Petcom, Seafreight Marine, KFC, Xsomo, Tru Juice, Advance Performance Parts, and The Automotive Performance Centre Ltd. presents the first tarmac rally of the 2011 season when they visit the cool hills of Manchester to shatter the tranquility of that normally quiet town with the roar of high powered engines screaming up Melrose Hill and Mark Post (Jackass Hill).

Rally schedule: 29-May-11

SS#   NAME   First Car Out   Stage Dist.   Transit Dist.   Transit Time   Bogey Time
Master Time Control 1   KFC   9:31         25
1   Mark Post    9:59   4.06   11.34   25   8
2   Mark Post II   10:35   4.06   11.34   25   8
3   Mark Post III   11:11   4.06      10   8
MTC 2   KFC   11:29
MTC 3   KFC   12:30         15
4   Melrose   12:48   4.88   7.68   15   8
5   Melrose II   13:14   4.88   7.68   15   8
6   Melrose III   13:40   4.88   1.14   40   8
7   Hope Village (Melrose Hill reverse i.e. downhill)   14:31   4.50   7.88   15   8
8   Hope Village II   14:57   4.50   7.88   15   8
9   Hope Village III   15:23   4.50   6.74   20   8
MTC 4   KFC   15:51

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JRDC Caribbean Invasion preview with new traffic management plan

Strong Caribbean contingent arrives for first round of Caribbean Motor Racing Championship at Dover Raceway May 23.

Seven (7) 40 foot containers have arrived at the Port of Kingston holding within their bowels potent machines which embody a strong challenge for Caribbean circuit racing supremacy to be battled at Dover Raceway in St. Ann on Labor Day, Monday, May 23. Work at the track is on-going at a feverish pace to prepare the facility for the event, as a record crowd at last month’s Carnival of Speed event simply overwhelmed the capacity of the venue, and extensive work in creating two new roadways, enlarging the parking areas and expanding the vending facilities has been undertaken by the executive of the Jamaica Race Driver’s Club who have been organizing racing at the facility since 2003. A one way traffic system between the hours of 4 and 6 pm to facilitate the rapid exit of patrons from the facility has been developed, in conjunction with the granting by the National Works Agency of temporary road closure to normal vehicular traffic on the main road just outside the venue as well as the creation of two new exit roads from the now enlarged parking lots will effectively address the problems faced at the last event.

Defending champs Guyana sending strong contingent to Jamaica By Rawle Welch
Defending Caribbean champions Guyana will be going all out to ensure that they secure maximum points during the opening leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) which is slated to be staged on May 23, at Dover Raceway in Jamaica.
According to a release from the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club, headlining the list will be last year’s runner-up Kevin Jeffrey, who will be piloting his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII machine, while in the Superbike category local champion Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira leads the quest for top honors in that division. The other members of the touring contingent include: Gavin and Ryon Gayadin, Canada-based Paul Vieira, Hameraj Singh, Chetram Singh, Afraz Allie and John Joseph, while Maurice Menezes and Canada-based Rajendra ‘Ginger’ Ramrattan are the representatives in the Superbike category.
The delegation is by far the largest to travel for the first leg of the CMRC for some time and is a clear indication of Guyana’s intention to come away with maximum points and head to the second leg in Barbados in a good position. However, Guyanese champion Jeffrey in an earlier interview expressed confidence of duplicating last year’s performance, while the Barbadians as usual are expected to field a strong team. Already, defending CMRC champion Summerbell has shown impeccable form and speed early in season, completely dominating his nemesis Gore during a recent local Meet on the island and as all the top competitors in the Region would know, he is perhaps the most consistent driver and difficult to keep out of the reckoning.

Guyana won the title last year after many years and it took some determined and daredevilry from Jeffrey, Andrew King, Paul Vieira and a few others to secure the crown at the final edition last November in Guyana. With the recent addition of the smaller categories to the Series, Guyana stand a solid chance of doing well should drivers such as Chet and Raj Singh get an early opportunity to familiarize themselves with the demanding Dover Circuit whose layout is much more complicated that the easygoing South Dakota Circuit.
In the Superbike segment, the Jamaicans once again seems strong, but Vieira, Menezes and to a lesser extent Ramrattan should be able to at least muster some points, before the focus switches to Barbados.

The Barbados Auto Racing League has sent their team comprised of:
1.   Doug Maloney – Audi A4 Quattro turbo
2.   Mark Maloney – Mazda RX3
3.   Stuart Williams – Lotus Elise turbo
4.   Steve King – Nissan Skyline turbo Didn’t make the shipment
5.   Kenrick Husbands – Toyota Starlet
6.   Mark Thompson – Toyota Starlet

Stuart Williams, the reigning Barbados two-wheel drive lap record holder, along with Mark Maloney, a former two-wheel drive lap record-holder, at Bushy Park of course and his father Doug, will be in the Barbadians CMRC Group, while Kenrick ‘Snappa’ Husbands and Mark ‘Ointment’ Thompson are pointed for Group 2. It would be the first time in Jamaica for Williams, Husbands and Thompson.
Williams and Husbands made clean sweeps in their respective groups at our Easter race meet…. Williams winning the Monster Energy Drinl Handicap which brought the curtain down on the day’s action.

New Dover traffic layout

Aerial view of new Dover road layout

Patrons from the North Coast and western Jamaica exit by the original road
Patrons from the South Cost, Kingston and Browns Town can exit by the new yellow road that starts at the marl corner or by the blue road that is at the eastern end of the parking lot.

There will be one way traffic from 4 to 6 pm exiting the venue.
No vehicles will be allowed into the venue between the hours of 4 and 6 pm. All wreckers, trucks and anyone going to pick up anything will have to do it after 7 pm.

There will be one way traffic only on the main road from the original Dover entrance to the fork in the road heading North from 4 to 6 pm. Fans going to the west (Mobay side) will take the road on the left as usual leading to Discovery Bay while those going east (Ocho Rios end) will take the road on the right leading to Runaway Bay.

The red road is an emergency exit for ambulance etc.

Extended parking lots are in yellow and are sectioned according to the lines, with enrty and exit from them at the red dots which represents gates to each section and will be manned by police and security personell.

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