Samantha Summerbell selected for young driver training program

Academy Americas Selection Event

Drivers from 12 countries across the Americas are set to take part in their regional selection event for the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy.

This year’s Academy involves a series of five qualifying events in regions across the world to give as many drivers as possible the opportunity to participate. This fourth event will be hosted by Organizacion Mexicana Del Deporte Automovilistico Internacional (OMDAI) on 14-17 October at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla.

Each FIA National Sporting Authority (ASN) in the region was asked to put forward their nomination, which was then assessed by the FIA Institute. To qualify, drivers had to meet a set of minimum criteria, as well as having demonstrated strong performance in competition so far.

On the final shortlist for this event are some of the top young drivers in motor racing and rallying across the Americas, including competitors from the US Pro Mazda Championship, European F3 Open and Protyre Formula Renault.

OMDAI president Jose Abed said: “We look forward to welcoming the 12 talented drivers that are coming from all over the American continent. OMDAI, with the help of its Young Driver School, has brought together the best trainers and specialists, so each driver will benefit from the highest standard of assessment and training.”

The event will produce one guaranteed winner to go forward to the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy. A further three drivers will be selected using a wildcard system, making a total of eight participants in the final Academy group.

Over three days the drivers will undergo exercises designed to evaluate fitness, driving performance, media techniques, teamwork and psychology. The winner will receive a place on the Academy’s fully-funded training programme, which aims to help drivers develop their motor sport careers, whilst increasing safety skills and actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.

The FIA Institute has shortlisted the following drivers for the Americas Selection Event:

Al-Mutawaa BRAZIL

Edson Martins Coelho Junior, 18
Current championship:
Mercedes-Benz Grand Challenge

Al-Mutawaa CHILE

Rodrigo Caballero Alcayaga, 22
Current championship:
Cross Country Rally Chile


Juan Diego Piedrahita (TBC), 21
Current championship:
Pro Mazda Championship


Mauricio Hernandez, 18
Current championship:
Costa Rican Karting Championship

Al-Mutawaa CUBA

Orlando Valderrama, 18
Current Championship:
Cuban National Karting Championship


Michael Tejeda, 18
Current Championship:
Dominican Republic ROTAX MAX Sr. Championship


Andres Saravia Minondo, 22
Current Championship:
European F3 Open


Tito Alfonso Leoni, 22
Current Championship:
Honduras National Auto Cross Championship

Al-Mutawaa JAMAICA

Samantha Summerbell, 17
Current Championship:
Jamaican Modified Production Championship

Al-Mutawaa MEXICO

Jorge Cevallos, 19
Current Championship:
Protyre Formula Renault UK


Skylar Robinson, 17
Current Championship:
BRSCC Avon Tyres FF1600 Triple Crown


Diego Ferreira, 19
Current Championship:
Pro Mazda Championship

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McFarlane heads JRDC

Rory Daley

Friday, February 01, 2013

CHRISTOPHER ‘Teach’ McFarlane was elected president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) at its annual general meeting at the Liguanea Club, St Andrew, on Tuesday.

McFarlane takes over the organisation’s reins from Captain Marck Carey, who has held the position since December 2011.

McFARLANE… I want to improve spectator, competitor and sponsor participation. (Photos: File)

“I was nominated. I accepted and ran unopposed,” McFarlane told Auto.

The JRDC is responsible for circuit racing, primarily at Dover Raceway.

McFarlance, who is no stranger to motorsport, unveiled a 10-point plan to build on the foundation left by the previous executives.

“The first six are improvements. I want to improve spectator, competitor, and sponsor participation. We must strive to increase communication in all areas of the club and with our external partners,” he said.

He also wants to see talent within circuit racing get boosted through previously unused channels.

“The Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) has the option to bring FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) professional training to the island and we’d like to exploit that to raise the level of our hardworking marshals,” he said.

With JamWest Raceway in Westmoreland now ready for its first full season of racing, McFarlane sees this as a chance for drivers to move ahead as well.

“I’d like to change the image of the club from primarily promoting Dover events to one more of developing drivers and the sport in general.”

Christopher McFarlane driving his Mitsubishi Lancer in a recent competition

McFarlane plans to put forward mechanisms to lower costs to teams while increasing competitiveness.

The 2013 JRDC executives include: Norman Minott, vice-president; Don Thompson, treasurer; Monique Gibbs executive secretary; Cressmore White, Silbourne Clarke, Raymond Donaldson, Captain Marck Carey.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/McFarlane-heads-JRDC_13529249#ixzz2JexotZ9b

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J’cans Receive Regional Awards

From the Jamaica Gleaner

J’cans Receive Top Regional Awards

Published: Sunday | January 27, 2013 0 Comments

Jamaica Automobile Association head Earl Jarrett (left), Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club president Peter Clarke (second left), go-karter Joshua Sirgany (second right), and Dover’s 2012 champion Sebastian Rae (right), at the FIA Americas’ Award ceremony in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, January 19. -Contributed
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

A section of the large crowd which gathered at the five-star Rio Hotel, Panama City, Panama, last weekend, reportedly erupted into loud cheers when three Jamaicans were announced as winners at the prestigious FIA Americas’ Award.

Dover’s champion driver Sebastian Rae, head of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) Earl Jarrett, and 12-year-old Joshua Sirgany, Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) Driver of the Year, were recognised by affiliates of the Federation of International Automobiles (FIA) for their major achievements in 2012. Jarrett was honoured in the Mobility category.

The ceremony was held on Saturday, January 19.

“It’s wonderful. It’s a great honour to receive this award and to represent Jamaica at the international level. It has motivated me to try and win it again next year,” said young Sirgany.

His parents, Ricky and Tina Sirgany, said they got goose pimples when Joshua got up to receive his award. “It was a great feeling of accomplishment,” Ricky described the moment.

He said at least one country has since extended an invitation to his son to compete in their domestic events. “Venezuela has since invited Joshua to come and compete in the Easykart series, which begins next month. Lack of sponsorship might impact us, because we have plans for him to continue competing at the Florida Winter Tours,” Ricky said.

excellent experience

Rae believes the occasion may open new doors, not only for him, but for other Jamaican drivers. “It was an excellent experience and an honour to be among the top drivers in the Americas. This has motivated me to continue to strive as I proudly represent my country. I’m grateful to my supporters, sponsors, family, friends, and all those who have helped to make this grand achievement possible,” Rae said.

Peter Clarke, president of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club, which is the local affiliate of the FIA, is a happy man. “It was an honour to see Jamaicans being recognised at this prestigious award. Locally, it will now enhance more collaboration between the JAA and motorsport,” Clarke said.

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FIA President on visit to Jamaica

President of the world governing body of motorsport the Federation International le’ Automobile (FIA), Jean Todt, is currently in Jamaica along with a top level delegation comprising regional vice presidents of the FIA including Mr. Jose Abed of Mexico.

Mr. Todt and his party arrived last night by private jet as a guest of the Jamaica Automobile Association, FIA representatives in Jamaica for mobility, and along with the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club, FIA representatives in Jamaica for motorsports, was hosted at a breakfast meeting this morning at the Pegasus along with various stakeholders in jamaican motorsports.

Addressing the gathering were Minister of State in the Ministry of Toursim and Entertainment Hon. Damian Crawford M.P., Mr. John Lynch, Director of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourist Board and Dean Corrodus, Chairman of the JMMC.

Attendees included event host Earl Jarrett, Chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association, Duane Ellis, General manager of the JAA who chaired the function, Neil Williams, president of the Jamaica Karting Association, Gary Gregg, 2004/2005 National drivers champion and successful circuit competitor, Peter Rae (successful circuit driver), Peter Moodie Jr (2011 Jamaica Karting Association champion driver and former circuit, sprint, dexterity and rally competitor), Hilary Jardine OD, JP,( immediate past president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club), Errol Anderson (immediate past chairman of the Jamaica Milennium Motoring Club), Winsor Young, (Operations manager in charge of track operations, Jamwest Enterprises) and other stakeholders and club executives from the motorsports fraternity.

The delegation is scheduled to meet with the Governor General of Jamaica Hon. Dr. Patrick Allen, the Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, pay a visit to the Usain Bolt track at UTECH, have lunch with Road Safety stakeholders at the Mona visitor’s lodge before passing by the Palisadoes International raceway before their departure this afternoon for the Dominican Republic, one of six stops on their Caribbean tour.


June Jamaican Motorsports roundup

Two major historic achievements were recorded in the annals of Jamaican Motorsports for June 2012, when Jamaica’s second dedicated circuit racing facility at Jamwest Speedway in Old Hope, Westmoreland, had its first exhibition circuit event coupled with the third meet on the drag racing calendar on June 24, in addition to the first sanctioned championship event at the new Farmville track at Thetford Great House in Church Pen, Bushy Park, St. Catherine on June 17. The annual renewal of the Raynor King Memorial Rally on June 24 rounded out the activities for June.

Sprint championship

Thetford Great House (left) and view of the track

Round 4 of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s national sprint championship took place at the Farmville track at Thetford Great House in Church Pen, near Bushy Park, St. Catherine on Sunday, June 17. The event was extensively advertised using TVJ, Irie Social (Asafa Powell’s social media promotions company), the electronic media, thousands of colorful flyers distributed on motorcades and promotions at all preceding motorsports events. Regrettably, inclement weather was to affect his event, as after months of drought, mother nature provided soothing rain for a parched land on the day of the event, rendering what was billed as “Dirtmasters” into what was more accurately described as “Mudmasters”. Nevertheless, the nineteen competitors that took to the course in a variety of vehicles ranging from a 175cc dirt bike to a 2000cc turbocharged 4wd Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution certainly made the most of it.

King, Powell and Gore

Spencer Whittingham was crowned “The Dirtmaster” by virtue of his blistering fastest overall time of 1 minute 24.84 seconds set on his third run which also gave him the win of the JN8 class. The JA2 class was won by Daryl King, the JA3 class by Dean Corrodus, JA4 by Thomas Hall, the quad races by Lenin Thompson and the bike races were a clean sweep for Kyle Reynolds.

Full report here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/dean-a-g-corrodus/dirt-masters-jmmc-sprint-4-report/10151809642795332

Circuit & Drag

The Jamwest Speedway in Old Hope, Westmoreland was abuzz with excitement on June 23 and 24. On the drag racing scene, American Stanley Albritton powered Dean Shaw’s 1,500 horsepower, methanol fed, supercharged V8 Chevrolet Camaro down the quarter mile to beat Bryn Morgan’s turbo charged V8 rail dragster for the win of the 8 second class.

Albritton (left) and Morgan

Other class winners were:

9 sec: Damian Allen -Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III

10 sec: Kenrick Baker -Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III

11 sec: Herbie Edwards -Nissan Pulsar GTiR

12 sec: Kevin Archer -Toyota Corolla Levin

13 sec: Andrew Palmer- Honda Integra

14 sec: Overton Grant -Honda Integra

15 sec: Christopher Sukhu -Honda CRX

16 sec: Darin Virgo -Toyota Hiace Super Custom

Powell (left) and Clarke

Jordan Powell (R & B Auto Parts Toyota Glanza) and Ricardo Clarke (Big Rat Auto Toyota Corolla) took the inaugural wins of the two exhibition circuit races that were held. Competitors Peter “Zoom Zoom” Rae (Peter Rae Motorsports Mazda RX7), Dean “Duct Tape” Corrodus (Automotive Performance Centre Ltd Honda Civic Type R), Dean Shaw and Dieter Wilson (Amsoil Prochallenge trucks), Richard Chan (R&B Auto Toyota Corolla FX), Saeed Mohammed (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III), Peter James (Big Rat Auto Toyota Corolla) and Vivian Mitchell (MAD/Innovative Auto Parts Honda Civic Type R) were the first drivers to officialally test the new 1.8 mile circuit, and along with Douglas “Hollywood” Gore who drove his daily driven Audi A4 Coupe as the pace car, all gave rave reviews of the high speed track. Chief Steward and Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) scrutineer Rajendra Jadusingh also gave the track the thumbs up as safety features outlined by the Competition Sub Committee of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club were implemented to bring the track up to the specified safety requirements before its first official use. Since then, Marck Carey, president of the JRDC has visited the track and reports that television and photographs do not do the venue justice, as he was thoroughly impressed with the facilities, which include four large, covered spectator stands, restrooms that look like they came from a north coast resort, expanded parking areas, new admission booths and additional food vending areas.

Peter Rae’s Mazda RX7, ¼ mile dragstrip and Damian Allen’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on the launch pad.

Jamwest Speedway


The Raynor King Memorial Rally that had been rescheduled from Mothers Day, May 13, was run on June 24 using a single stage location in Lydford, St. Ann. Richard Rerrie/Winston Dawson driving the Leroy’s Auto Glass/Scott’s Auto/Petcom/Advance Performance Parts  Subaru Impreza WRX Sti won the event in a time of 25 minutes 20.709 seconds ahead of Matthew Gore/Raymond Farquharson in the Summer Flex/Tragedy Entertainment Toyota Starlet (26:57.460) and Macklin and Dominique Peterkin in the Valvoline/Kinn’s Auto Subaru Impreza WQRX Sti Spec C (27:07.590).


Gore/Farquharson (left) and Peterkin/Peterkin.

Of the nine cars that started the event, seven were classified as finishers, with the teams of Thomas Hall/Dmitre Dawkins (Toyota Starlet) and Peter Jaggon/Victor Handal (Jaggon’s Gases/IGL Subaru Impeza WRX) rounding out the top 5.

Upcoming events:

Driftmasters, the fifth event in the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s National Dexterity championship, takes place on Sunday, July 8 at Masterblock factory in Knockpatrick, Manchester, starting at noon.

Multiple dexterity champion Maurice “Wurl Boss” Whittingham, Cleve “Cutta Hype” Ottey, Dennis “Krossbreed” Bicarie, Kingsley “Soljie” Scott and Ian “Big Red Truck” Wright to name a few will be competing for trophies and championship points in five categories.

The sprint event (Overdrive, JMMC Sprint #5) originally scheduled for July 15 has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 16.

The Jamaica Race Drivers Club will stage the third event in the 2012 circuit racing championship dubbed “Summer Heat” on July 28/29. Action will be seen in several categories including Bracket 45, 38, 32 and 27 as well as Modified Production classes 1 to 4 and Thundersport classes 1 and 2.

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