October events preview

Motor racing fans are in for an intense offering for indulgence of their passion starting this weekend as several top notch events are scheduled each week for their satisfaction.

It all starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday night, October 1 in Montego Bay, when The Automotive Performance Centre Ltd in association with ATL Automotive Ltd stages Bayslide, the 3rd round of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s 2011 Dexterity test series at Bogue City Centre, popularly referred to as ATL Plaza. The location  houses not only the new car dealership of ATL that offers the Honda, Audi and Volkswagen brands, but also ATL Brittanica that carries the prestigious Jaguar, Range Rover and Land Rover marques. The popular night time event started in this western city in 2006 makes a welcome return, and top competitors such as Cleve “Cutta Hype” Ottey, Maurice Whittingham from Team Mad Dem and the sibling pair of Randall “Rambo”  and Sanjay Singh are set to thrill the audience.

The action moves further west on Sunday, October 2, when Young’s Service Centre stages “Rise of the Machines 3”, Jamaica vs. Cayman drag race meet at Jamwest Speedway, Old Hope, Little London, Westmoreland. Racing will take place in several bracket classes ranging from 8 to 16 seconds on the purpose built ¼ mile drag strip.

One week later on Sunday October 9, the Montego Bay Motoring Club is scheduled to host the 5th sprint in the JMMC National Sprint championship at Moreland Raceway in St. James. The venue has seen scorching action in the past with overall and class honors contested keenly by drivers from Team Mobay Racing, RMS and Team Challenger. A favorite of drivers and a dusty spectacle for patrons, Moreland holds a challenge that only the brave and skilled face down for top honors at this venue.

The go kart event slated for the 9th of October has been cancelled due to low entry levels, but Jamaican karters have been active abroad and at the recent Pan American Rotax Championship, held at New Castle Motor Sports Park Indianapolis on September 25, the Reggae Karters put in great performances, with some top class lap times and positions in the heat races, pre-finals and finals!

Top of the starting lineup was Justin Sirgany (Micro Max) with a solid 2nd in the final, followed by Thomas Issa (Junior Rotax) 3rd, Colin Daley 5th, Mathew Williams 9th and William Myers 14th.

Joshua Sirgany in the Mini Max class placed 11th.

The reggae karters put up strong battles, but unfortunately due to slipery conditions on the weekend that saw a down pour which started on Saturday and continued through Sunday causing a very slick track, those of lesser experience were at a disadvantage.

On race day, Justin went off in the first lap and could not continue! Thomas was punted off in corner 2 and started dead last, with another off track excursion bringing his day to a premature end, while Colin Daley fought his way to a credible 4th place followed by Mathew Williams 7th and William Myers 17th out of a 28 karts.

Big teams with big budgets were on hand to demonstrate their prowess in capturing the various titles and places at the World Rotax Finals in Abu Dabi in November.

All in all the reggae karters made their presence known and gained a wealth of experience particularly in the art of wet weather driving!

The Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) overall and class champion drivers will be determined at the “Heroes of Speed” Race meet to be held at Dover Raceway on Sunday October 16 (qualifying) and Monday 17 (race day). Young Kyle “Speedy” Gregg (BD Gregg & Bros/Konig Wheels/Hero Tyres/MAD/NG Racing Honda Civic) is in a good position to cop the overall as well as two class titles, but the bragging rights for overall fastest lap time should be an intense tussle between current holder Douglas “Hollywood” Gore in his ATL Automotive Racing/Boom /Wata /Petcom Audi TT DTM racecar and former holder David “The King” Summerbell in his Total/Cariburst/Motorcraft Batteries /Stack Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8.

Expect good performances from Chris Campbell in the repaired Fruta sponsored BMW M3 after fuel delivery and suspension issues that plagued the car at previous meets have been identified and addressed, with Chris attaining a reported 143mph at the end of the front straight even with wheel-spin, faster than any other car known or recorded to have achieved at that point! Peter “Bull” Thompson has been at the track testing his revamped May Pen Ice Mazda RX7 and reports reaching this writer suggest that the power delivery and handling problems have all been sorted and the car is performing very well, with only a brake issue to be remedied before the big weekend.

Written by jmmcsecretariat in: NEWSLETTER,Notice Board,Upcoming Events |

Revised calendar

Revised calendar for the remainder of the year:
Changes highlighted in red.

04 –
11 – JKA 8
18 –
25 –

1 – JMMC Dexterity 3, ATL Plaza, Bogue City Centre, Montego Bay. Completed
02 – Jamwest, Rise of the Machines 3. Completed
09 – JKA 9 Cancelled

09 JMMC/MBMC Sprint 5 Gravel, Moreland Raceway, St. James Completed
16, 17 – JRDC Heroes of Speed Meet, Dover Raceway, St Ann. Completed
23 – JMMC Rally 3 Completed
30 –

06 – JMMC Sprint 6 Gravel, Palm Springs Raceway, Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth
13 – JKA 10
20 –
27 – Jamwest

02/04 – JMMC Rally Jamaica Gravel
11 – JMMC Dexterity 4, Pines Plaza, Junction, St. Elizabeth
27 – JMMC Dexterity 5, Whitter Village Shopping Centre, Ironshore, Montego Bay, St. James

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The Shell Report Sept. 2011

Watching the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this morning and listening to some of the reports and statements being made worldwide about Sebastian Vettel’s dominance of the 2011 season driving his Reb Bull Racing RB7 and the potential for Vettel to wrap up the championship if he scores a podium finish at the next grand prix, simply brought to mind what another talented young driver is in the midst of accomplishing right here in Jamaican motorsports.

Racing dominance
For those who haven’t been attendant at circuit, sprint or rally racing events on our fair isle since the start of 2011, ensure that the next few rounds of the Jamaican Sprint championship, the Rally championship and the final round of the national Circuit Racing championship at Dover on Heroes Day in October don’t miss you. If you attend, you will be on hand to witness history in the making, when second generation racer Kyle “Speedy” Gregg adds to his list of championships attained this season. Having already assumed an unassailable lead in the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Modified Production Class 2 championship and Thundersport 1 classes with a perfect score of 51 points in each category at the wheel of his Seaboard Marine/BD Gregg & Bros/Konig Wheels /Hero Tyres Honda Civic SiR, he also leads in the overall driver’s championship with 102 points over 2nd placed David Summerbell on 76 points and 3rd placed Douglas Gore on 75 points, as well as the National Driver’s championship of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club, contested in tarmac and dirt sprints and rallies.

Teamwork and preparation
To quote Louis Pasteur’s famous phrase: “chance (fortune) favors the prepared mind”.  To say that he was fortunate in winning his debut rally event: the Raynor King Memorial Stages rally run late in August, may be disputable, but saying that he and his team were prepared, is undeniable. From last position at the end of the first special stage to the top of the podium not only in his class but in the overall standings at the end of the day, guided by experienced co-driver Michael Fennel Jr., was a reminder of the oft repeated but seldom adhered lesson to all, “to finish first, first you must finish!” While his faster compatriots fell victim to their own speed or the lack of the preparation or capabilities of their cars to endure the event, young Gregg splashed his way through the mud puddles like a child at play to cop the win of the rain affected event. He now has 670 points in the overall driver’s championship, 180 points ahead of second placed Maurice Whittingham who won the championship in 2007 and is one of two competitors, the other being defending champion Matthew Gore, who were keen on acquiring the massive trophy a second time. The teams that are charged with the task of getting the two Honda Civics that Kyle campaigns ready for the tracks are renowned for their attention to detail and meticulous methods of preparation. Murrays Auto Development in Mandeville (Xavia Murray) in the engine and electronic management department and New Generation Racing (Peter Moodie Jr.) in the chassis, brake and suspension department are two of the building blocks on which the strong foundation for his success has been laid.

Beating the best.
I have already labeled Gregg the “Crown Prince of Jamaican motorsport for 2011,” as if, or when he secures the circuit racing and rally sport titles, he may be the first person to do so in the same year. Some say watching Vettel secure pole position then add another and another race win to his list of accomplishments is boring and makes them uninterested in watching Formula 1 races, but not I. I like to see how far someone can push the envelope, when the competition becomes themselves and their own mind and body…like doing repeated laps on the same track  in Gran Turismo on the Playstation game console when a youngster, spending hours trying to beat the “ghost” of your previous best lap. That level of dominance, discipline, preparation, fortune (or luck) elevates the competitor to a whole new level rarely achieved. Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Loeb are both seven time world champions in Formula 1 and World Rallying respectively and have set many records along the way. Watching them in action certainly was/is not a chore, as watching David Summerbell in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII aka TA1 trying to achieve a lap record two years ago when no one else was remotely close in lap times to him wasn’t a chore either, but a nail biting, holding your breath in case you miss anything, sweat producing experience.

The road to success.
Now being prepared to take advantage of good fortune doesn’t come easy…or cheaply, in terms of time, talent, effort or money. I remember watching Kyle accompany his father to tarmac races at Vernamfield and Ironshore many years ago and seeing him stand up to drive the Toyota Hiace service vehicle as he was too short for his feet to reach the pedals if he were seated. From then I had said he would be a force to be reckoned with when he came of age (and size!), much as how Chris-John Addison, our 11 year old drifter, son of Christopher ‘Chippy” Addison, will be when he “grows up”. There are three young drivers that I have repeatedly said will leave the competition in the dust in their respective classes of racing. All three came up through the ranks doing several years of go karting. All three have a solid family structure around them with attendant fathers experienced in motorsports on several levels. All three fathers have a similar, dedicated and thorough approach to racing, and last but not least, all three have fathers and structures surrounding them that afford them the ability to make the most of the opportunities that present themselves…in other words, they also have the cash to care. The three I speak of are Andre Anderson, Joel Jackson and of course Kyle Gregg. I have watched these three youngsters display talent above and beyond the normal fare. I have witnessed the thorough preparation of their race teams. I have watched while their fathers and other family members offer the solid base of family support that many in our society call for as the solution to the degradation evident in that structure the world over. I have seen the grace and refreshing deportment exhibited by them in a society devoid of young, gentlemanly role models.

A bright future
That each of the three have suddenly become the stars on the track in 2010 and 2011 is not surprising. The writing was on the wall. As the Good Book says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
These three young men have been trained in the right and proper way for motorsports success.
These three are fine examples of what it takes to succeed at the highest levels not only on the track, but in the race that is life itself.
A solid family base of support
A studied approach
Dedication to the task at hand
Stick-to-it-ive-ness (remember Kyle at Lydford, not the fastest, but in the end, the best)
The realization and expression of the God given talent and skills embedded in each of us.

Shoot for the stars
I salute these three young Jamaicans who are setting records on a different kind of track than those in the world headlines in athletics. The mission of the governing bodies and “powers that be” in motorsports now is to provide the structure necessary for their talents to shine on a regional and then the world stage, blazing the way in a similar manner to that of the likes of Bolt, Powell, Blake, Campbell-Brown and Fraser-Pryce…a feat of which we can all be proud.

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Bayslide, JMMC Dexterity #3, Saturday, October 1 @ 8p.m.

The Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club in association with ATL Automotive and The Automotive Performance Centre Ltd., brings racing excitement back to the resort city of Montego Bay withBAYSLIDE, the 3rd round of the National Dexterity championship at Bogue City Centre  ATL Plaza, on Saturday, October 1, starting at 8 pm.

See a thrilling display of talent and skill when Cleve “Cutta Hype” Ottey, Maurice “Whitty” Whittingham, Sanjay and Randall Singh, Marcus Barnes, Scott, Schoolaz, Chippy and others take to the track in a test of handling, concentration and speed or enter to test your skills against the pros!

Gates open at 6 pm. Admission $800 adults, children under 12 $300.

Competitor entry fee $1,500 for race license holders and $2,150.00 all others.

Ferry Industrial Terrace
10 Argyle Road, Kingston 10
Tel-(876)934-1288 / 322-5314. E-Mail: JMC@KASNET.COM,