JRDC Carnival of Speed report

By: Nicola Williams; Edited by Dean Corrodus.
Photos: Shane Munroe, Omar Munroe, Marlon Chin, Donovan Montaque, Michael Samuels, Nicola Williams.

The day dawned bright and clear following  qualifying the previous day, the tension in the air was tangible. Three camps at the track were filled with an expectancy of the outcome of the day. The pits were a buzz of activity, crews putting on the final touches to the car and making the last minute changes to extract the best performance from their rides, so they could win and of course please the huge crowd. The hillside filled quickly and people started to settle into their spots from as early as 7.00 am, in order to have the best vantage point to watch their driver of choice. Later on in the day the hillside would erupt many times with screams of delight as the cars made their way swiftly around the track.

The meet commenced with the usual opening ceremony and grand fanfare and homage being paid to Jamaica “Land we love” by the singing of the National Anthem, with photographers scrambling around to ensure they got the best shots of the competitors and their cars. The cars were resplendent in bright and vibrant colored liveries, and as each car made their way down the grid there was a roar approval for the crowd favorites, with the loudest roars afforded the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution TA1 of David Summerbell, the Audi TT DTM of Doug Gore and the dark horse- the Evolution powered BMW M3 driven by Christopher Campbell.
The bikers were also there in their numbers, a crowd favorite at Dover, who in the recent years have returned to Dover and made a name for themselves once again. They had three exciting races in two classes for the day; the triumphant winner of the first race was Greg Cross in his Suzuki GSXR, followed by Andre Norman in his Honda RR.

Greg Cross                                   Andre Norman                                    Randy Dyer

Randy Dyer and Richard Lyn of the B class dominated the 1st and 2nd place of the day, with Randy in his colorful bike and even more unusual helmet had the crowd cheering him on all day.
The car races were long anticipated and in the street class Bracket 45 Turbo, Ramon Watson in his Nissan won the first race with Neilon Barnett taking second place in his Toyota Starlet. The B45 race is divided into two classes, turbo and naturally aspirated, both equally exciting as the drivers eeked out every ounce of power from their street cars whilst remaining in their bracket of one minute and forty five seconds. It is an excellent way for persons who are interested in starting in racing to do so at Dover.  In the Naturally Aspirated class race 1,  Chressmore White and Kayde Walker dominated driving a Mitsubishi FTO and a Honda Integra respectively.

Race two for B45 turbo class was taken by Don Thompson in his Subaru STi and Ramon Watson in his Nissan being demoted to 2nd place with Patrick Ricketts in a turbo-charged Nissan AD wagon in third. Kayde Walker, Jermaine James and Chressmore White held all the NA cars at bay and walked away with the podium positions.

George Bayley in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution walked away with the number 1 spot for both B27 races, doing his fastest lap of 1.27.69 in lap three of race 1– he was followed by Charles Maxwell in another Mitsubishi who did 1.27.71 and Jaleel Handal in third. In the second race Bailey was followed by Handal in his newly remodeled Subaru Impreza WRX Sti while Charles Chen in a Mitsubishi Lanver Evolution VIII was third.

First place in both Bracket 31 races belonged to Sebastian Rae in the JAA sponsored yellow Mitsubishi Mirage followed closely in Race 1 by Tarik Minott in the very popular Suzuki Ignis and Vivian Mitchell in his red and white Honda Civic in 3rd. In race 2, 2nd place went to Mitchell while Don Gilbert 3rd in a Suzuki Swift was 3rd.

Bracket 37 race 1 was won by Team Browns Town’s Tazmanian Motorsports prepared Honda CRX of Troye Riley with veteran Raymond Donaldson in his colorful Evolution 4 placing second and Sheldon Morgan in a Mitsubishi Mirage RS in third. German Engineered Team Brown’s Town Racing VW’s took first and second place in the rain affected race 2, piloted by Nigel Edwards and Jerome Jones, with Riley making it a clean sweep for the St. Ann based team in third.

The father and son duo of Gary and Kyle Gregg took the number one titles in the Modified Production class 1 and 2 with son Kyle, driving the more powerful and more modified of the two cars in MP2, having a clean sweep of the top step of the podium in both races, as his dad Gary was to do in MP1 as well. Sebastian Rae was 2nd in MP2 for both races and Joslyn Crawford 3rd in both in his beautifully restored Ford Escort with all kinds of exotic goodies under the bonnet.

Joslyn Crawford

The long anticipated Modified Production 4 race, the crowd was silent and holding their breath as David “the King” Summerbell, who was in pole position, lined up beside Doug “Hollywood” Gore in his Audi TT- DTM who was second on the grid. The battle was on….the “king” moved swiftly to the head of the pack and dominated the race in a blisteringly fast time of 1.19.67, not quite the record for Dover but very close, maintaining the lead throughout the race. Unfortunately the dark horse in the form of Christopher “Bossie” Campbell had issues during qualifying and started at the back of the grid but managed to fight his way through the traffic and ended up in fifth place. He later developed more issues and retired for the day.

David Summerbell (left) and Doug Gore.

Alan Chen claimed the third place in his fire breathing Mazda RX7 formerly driven by Bull Thompson; it is definitely felt that the next meet will prove more exciting as the competition gets closer and closer when the foreigners join the melee…

Christopher “Bossie” Campbell  & Alan Chen

The Modified Production 3 race is run concurrently with the MP 4 race and Dean Shaw in his Pro-Challenge Truck which ran 1.29 and kept up the pace throughout the race with Gary Barrett, running a turbocharged Honda Civic in 2nd with Troye Riley finishing 3rd. In MP4 race 2 it was again Summerbell in 1st place with Gore spinning off in corner 1 and retiring, with Chen and Peter Rae both in fire belching Mazda RX7s in a close 2nd and third place crossing the line together. Andre Anderson was 1st in MP3 in his Anderson’s Auto Parts built Mitsubishi Mirage RS followed by Charles Chen and Teddy Burton in his turbocharged Honda Civic out of the Mandeville based MAD Racing stable.

The last race of the day was the Thundersport race with two classes running concurrently. Class II again saw the battle of the Gore piloted Audi TT and the Total sponsored Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution known as TA1. What ensued was a nail biting,  on the edge race, the passes between the two big juice cars was fierce and frequent. Doug held his own for some of the race however his tyre choice saw him losing grip and the “King” held on to his throne firmly. A hugely exciting race which had the crowd roaring and screaming the name of their “driva”…
Kyle Gregg scored his biggest payday to date in winning the class I category, with father Gary in 2nd and fellow MAD Racing Honda driver Vivian “Mitchie” Mitchell in 3rd to make it a clean sweep of the podium places for the Xavia Murray tuned Hondas.

The King still reigns!!
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Hot new wheels for Dover 2011


Friday, April 01, 2011

ON Easter Monday, April 25, the 2011 the Dover racing series will begin with a bang as the big guns roll out spruced-up machines and the addition of the highly anticipated inaugural Modified Production 4 racing class.

The indomitable Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore has broken new ground in circuit racing in Jamaica, arming himself with an F1-formulated 2003 Audi TT DTM Race car, to match gears with arch rival David Summerbell ,Jr and his championship-winning Evolution 8, in what many pundits deem the epic showdown.

Gore and his Audi-manufactured racecar comes loaded with an arsenal of modern specifications, although packaged in a 2003 shell.

The paddle shifter on the steering wheel will sharpen Gore’s driving technique, with less energy being used to change gears. “I will no longer change the gears in a conventional fashion, I will actually be doing it from the steering wheel” he explained.

This Newbury Championship car will marvel at Dover, as its carbon fibre exterior will make it easier for Gore to bullet ahead of the field.

Driven by the likes of Red Bull Audi racer Peter Terting, Gore went all-out to commandeer this vehicle for battle, from the Audi racing team.

“I had several different options as to which car to buy, but I know I wanted an Audi for sure and the wow factor of buying an Audi factory race car is what attracted the ATL team. I realised that the car out of Italy, which had won many championships, was definitely the one for me. This car is for the circuit and that’s how I’ve always wanted it,” Gore beamed.

As Gore parks his former four-wheel drive turbo Evolution 5 and shifts into a rear-wheel drive naturally-aspirated vehicle, he will nonetheless have to forego some of the technologically advanced specifications on the Audi, such as the exotic carbon fibre brakes.

These are not allowed on the Dover Circuit so Gore will have to opt for the more conventional steel carbon brakes. But not to worry, Gore will drive in comfort at the Easter Monday Dover race meet, as the racing seats were carved specifically for his body.

“They made the seats specially for me by pouring a chemical concoction in a plastic on which I was seated, to form foam, from which the artist carved the seat around my body formation,” he told Auto.

“The international drivers all use this technology; the key is to be as comfortable in the car as possible so movement is limited, you become one with the car and you’re fastened better, especially when you’re cornering.”

With all the muscle and might behind the Audi that has dominated Europe, the “unknown” factor must be calculated when racing at Dover, and Gore is coming with a fully equipped German team to prepare for the unknown.

“It’s gonna be interesting to see how the car will perform on our track with the hill-and-gully sections and the chicane,” he said. “The Germans from Audi will be in the island before and at the meet to prepare the car for testing and for repairs on race day.

“It’s nervous times for the entire team, because we don’t know what this car can do at Dover. We’ve spent a lot of time and money and we can only hope that it will be what everybody says it will be, and you know I always try to give my best.”

Gore and his ATL-sponsored team will officially launch the car and unveil its beauty at the ATL Autohaus headquarters in Monetgo Bay next week Saturday.

Although the chassis and suspension on Gore’s 4 litre V8 Audi were designed from F1 specifications, “King” David Summerbell, Jr is in wait-and-see mode, as, like Gore, he too believes the unknown factor of such a remarkable car can play out either way.

“I really think Doug’s car is like bringing a gun to a knife fight, so we are putting on our bullet-proof vest. There is a lot of anticipation on everybody’s part to see how his car runs. On any normal track, there wouldn’t be any comparison, but at Dover it can go either way.”

Summerbell, Jr the defending Dover Champion and track record holder at one minute and 18 seconds, believes firmly in the old Jamaican adage ‘new broom sweep clean but old broom know the corners’.

“Dover is a special track and it’s kind of like home ground for me, but we will see what happens. We haven’t done anything new to the car, just ensuring that everything we have is in tip-top condition. We’ve done a lot of major work in terms of fine-tuning, but nothing major in terms of performance.”

While remaining confident in his proven performance, Summerbell, Jr is taking no chances and will be drawing an extra gear to fight fire with fire on race day.

“We plan to drive harder as we’ve never run it at its full potential, but first and foremost, is to keep the car reliable, which it always has been. Another comparison I would make with Doug’s car would be the David & Goliath situation, and we all know how that went,” Summerbell, Jr laughed.

Also debuting a mean machine is 2009 Dover Champion, Christopher Campbell, who was noticeably absent from the circuit in 2010, due to mechanical problems with his Evolution 4. Campbell will be back in action for the very exciting 2011 season with a BMW M3. “Can’t say much about the car right now due to certain obligations, but you can rest assured it will perform on race day,” said Campbell.

The pairing of Alan Chen with Peter “Bull” Thompson’s RX7 will be relatively new, although this car is not new to the circuit, after Chen did not complete the races entered with the Mazda RX7 in 2010.

“We had some handling issues and the power was too aggressive. I started two races at the last meet but I didn’t complete them. The car actually crashed, but this year I plan to complete the races. We did some testing at the track recently and it went pretty well so we’re gonna fine-tune it to get ready for race day,” Chen told Auto.

So, with all the hectic behind-the-scenes activities, prepare for the unexpected this Easter Monday as the first racemeet gets underway in the Dover series.

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JMMC 2010 Fees structure

2010 Fee Structure

Please be advised of the following fee structure and associated costs effective January 1, 2010.


JMMC Membership: $3,700.00


Competition Licenses:

Provisional:                             $3,500.00

National:                                $4,500.00

International ‘C’ Seed:                        $6,800.00

Kid Kart:                                  $2,000.00

JKA Junior:                              $2,500.00

JKA Senior Provisional:           $3,500.00

One day license:                     $650.00

License reprint                 $500.00


§  JKA Kid, JKA Junior & JKA Senior Provisional license are valid for Karting ONLY.

§  A JMMC Provisional license is valid for Drivers in Dexterities and Sprints only and Rookie drivers in Circuit can only complete their first year on a JMMC Provisional license.

§  A JMMC National license is the minimum license requirement for all Drivers in Sprints, Rallies & Circuit events except in the case of a Rookie as above. To be considered eligible to drive in Rallies a competitor must have safely and successfully completed 3 Speed events (A Dexterity is not a speed event)


Event Sanction fee:

Karting, Drags, Circuit, Sprints, Rallies:          $25,000.00

Dexterities:                                                      $15,000.00


Event Entry fees:

Dexterities:                  $1,500.00

Sprints:                        $3,000.00

Local Rallies:               $10,000.00 (this doesn’t apply to Rally Jamaica)


Insurance for events may be subject to change based on requirements from Insurers however for the moment the fees are as follows:

Dexterities & Sprints: $12,500.00 + GCT

Local Rallies:               $1,500.00 + GCT per competitor

Drag Events:                $40,000.00 + GCT


Timing Equipment rental:

TIMER AC4 (ONLY): $6,000.00

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JMMC 2010 Events schedule

THe 2010 Events calendar has been updated.  Please click on the link to see activities for the year or go to our Events page.

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