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Rally Jamaica soldiers on

Rory Daley

Friday, November 08, 2013

RALLY Jamaica 2013, the second largest rally event in the Caribbean, is experiencing a bumpy ride ahead of its November 29 to December 1 run dates.

“Things have not been as smooth as I’d like, but we have a rally to put on,” said event organiser Lawrence Henriques of Rallysport Promotions Limited.

Joel Jackson will attempt to capture his first ever National Rally title

Henriques is facing challenges attracting the sponsorship. Rally Jamaica was recently bolstered by its inclusion as the final round of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’s (FIA) North American Central American (NACAM) Rally Championship. And given the potential for large-scale international exposure, the overall response has been less than expected. He chalks it up partly to the difficult financial climate.

So far, Rally Jamaica will see a large contingent of overseas teams, five from Trinidad, two from Barbados, and eight NACAM regulars including the series leader Ricardo Trivino. And for the first time, foreign competitors may outnumber locals.

Up to press time, only seven entries were confirmed including the driver leading the local rally championship Joel Jackson.

Rally Jamaican 2012 winner Jeffrey Panton is also on that list.

Among other difficulties arising is construction on one of the signature stages, Lydford.

“The airstrip has been removed in preparation for construction related to the Highway 2000 project and we’ve had to adjust the route,” explained Henriques.

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Jamaica Gleaner Heroes of Speed story

A frenetic showdown between Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore and David ‘The King’ Summerbell is expected in the final circuit race meet of the year, the Heroes of Speed event at Dover Raceway, St Ann, on October 21.

“The track record will be mine,” a very confident Gore told Automotives on Friday. “The car (Audi TT) is in perfect shape, ready and raring to go,” chuckled Gore, who stressed that because of the current tyre rules at Dover, he will be contesting only two races – the first MP4 and the Thundersport events.

He believes that Summerbell will be able to match strides with the Audi only if he gets back a sequential gearbox for the Total/Stewart’s Auto sponsored Mitsubishi Evolution 8.

However, an unusually reserved Summerbell, laughing aloud, repeatedly said his aim for the October 21, Heroes’ Day assignment, is to erase the existing track record. “We have acquired some extra parts for the car, which we will be testing soon. We are looking forward to the clash with the Audi. We want to establish a new record,” argued Summerbell.

President of the Jamaica Race Drivers’ Club, Norman Minott, said he is expecting some fierce battles on the track. These are not only between Summerbell and Gore, but there will also be clashes involving Charles Chen, Kyle Gregg, Kawesi Golding, Andre Anderson, Tarik Minott, Natasha Chang, Chris Campbell, Matthew Gore and Peter Rae in several classes.

There are reports that Charles Chen’s car is much faster than before and Tarik Minott has got a brand new engine, while Chris Campbell and Mathew Gore’s cars are ready and could provide some serious competition for the veteran Peter Rae.

However, Rae is not overly disturbed. “We are sorting out the ‘Zoom Zoom’ and it will be a force to reckon with. So whosoever want to come and test it, let them come,” Rae warned. His Mazda RX7 has been one of the top cars for several race meets.

Addressing the tyre rule over which some drivers have expressed concerns, Minott stressed that it will be the same as for the last meet. However, he promised that his team will be reviewing the rule, with a view to implementing some cost-cutting measures.

CMRC leg off

Minott explained that an internal dispute within the Barbados Motoring Club has led to the cancellation of the second leg of the CMRC championship.

Jamaica is currently leading in the CMRC championship.

According to Minott, Doug Gore and several other top drivers, with the exception of Summerbell, have confirmed their participation for the third and final leg, slated for Guyana in November.

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Tru Juice Rallysprint

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PRESS RELEASE: DRC AutoDex Championship Round No. 4

September 4, 2012

Re:  DRC AutoDex Championship Round No. 4

It is with great disappointment that we announce the postponement of the DRC AutoDex Championship Round No. 4, which was to be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Palisadoes International Raceway.  We have been having difficulties in securing corporate support for this event. This shortfall in financing, combined with the possibility of inclement weather on the weekend further threatening the viability of the event, has left us with no option but to postpone.

We would like to thank Chad-ad Distributors, Hawkeye Security, Ranger Security, Azans, the Jamaica Karting Association and for their support.  We would also like to thank our competitors from the last events who were anxiously awaiting this round of competition and those competitors from Western Jamaica who had expressed a sincere interest in entering this event.  We are deeply disappointed for any inconvenience caused.

We look forward to your continued support as we shall be hosting a motor sport extravaganza, the Tru Juice DRC RallySprint 2013 on September 22, 2013 in Bog Walk St. Catherine.  We will keep you advised as to the new date of the postponed AutoDex once this is confirmed with the JMMC.

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Rally Jamaica press release #2

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