Sep
09
2012
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Summer Jamaican Motorsports review

The hot summer months brought sizzling action to race tracks across the island as competitors were at full steam in the disciplines of karting, circuit and dexterity in the months of July and August.

Dexterity

Rounds 5 and 6 of the Automotive Performance Centre sponsored national dexterity championship took place on July 8 and August 25 respectively. The first, dubbed “Driftmasters”, was held in the cool hills of Manchester at Master Block Factory in Knockpatrick, where a block making factory was transformed into a drifter’s playpen. Cleve “Cutta Hype” Ottey triumphed with the fastest time in his rear wheel drive, turbo-charged Toyota Starlet, whipping the crowd into a frenzy every time he changed to 2nd gear and shot over the hill unto the skidpad, all the time holding the car in a controlled slide!

Detailed report here: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-Cutta–is-king_11931137

Maurice “Wurl Boss” Whittingham was finally beaten into 2nd place by Ottey, with Jamar Kinkaid in 3rd place. Tony Fu won the front wheel drive with limited slip differential class in his Team Challenger Toyota Corolla GT, Matthew Isaacs won the rear wheel drive class in his VW Bug, Richard Chan in the Excel Electronic Security Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV won the 4 wheel drive class and Kirkland Billings in a Nissan Sunny won the front wheel drive class.

The series then moved west for Slidelife, Gymkhana Reloaded, round 6 of the competition, staged at ATL Bogue City Centre in Montego Bay. On a Saturday night that saw the country spared the worst from Hurricane Isaac, the inclement weather still had some effect on the attendance, but bode well for the wetting of the course. Kingston resident Christopher “Teach” McFarlane took the spotlight at this event with a sweep of the top positions: fastest overall, fastest 2 wheel drive, fastest front wheel drive with limited slip differential and fastest in the championship run.

Whittingham took back the top position from Ottey in the Rear Wheel Drive with Limited Slip Differential class at this event, where Ottey slipped to third behind Kinkaid, as the St. Elizabeth youngster moved up a notch in the standings. Jordan Powell drove the ATL Unbeatable VW Polo to the win of the front wheel drive class, with Joel Jackson in the Jetcon Corporation  Mazda Demio 2nd and Kirk Excell in a Nissan Sunny 3rd in class. Following MacFarlane in the FWD with LSD class were Team Mad Dem Racing’s Ameer Johnson in a Toyota Corolla Levin and MacFarlane’s Stewart’s Auto Sales teammate and mechanic Courtney Wilson who shared the rally prepared Mitsubishi Lancer GT with his mentor.

Complete report here: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Slip–Sliding-Fun_12382342

Whittingham continues to lead the overall dexterity championship points standings, with 4 more events to go.

Karting.

The Jamaica Karting Association also had two meets in the summer months. The first on July 15 and the second on August 19. Both events continued in the successful trend of the association that has seen close competition across several classes. Members of the Homestead Karting Club competed at the July meet and thoroughly enjoyed the Jamaican experience. Thomas Issa placed 2nd in the US Grand Nationals in the Rotax Jr class and has thus qualified to compete in the World Finals in Portugal in November. Notably also Justin Sirgany placed 2nd in the Rotax Micro class as Jamaican Karters gain prominence on the world stage.

See detailed reports here:

July: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/great-action-at-karting-meet_11988688

August: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Karting-action-heats-up_12336970

Circuit

The Jamaica Race Drivers Club moved its Independence meet forward to clear any possible clashes with the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations across the island, and held a one day meet on July 29. Traditionally the smallest meet of the year, the size of the crowd did not detract from the close competition on the track, as fierce battles raged all day between competitors Kyle Gregg and Alan Chen, Tarik Minott and Gary Barrett, Heath Causewell, George Bayley and Andre Anderson

Detailed report here: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Total-Summerbell-Racing-takes-Dover-Independence-of-Speed-

Upcoming events

The JMMC Annual General Meeting & Elections will be held on Saturday September 15, 2012 at the Liguanea Club, Knutsford Blvd, Kingston 5 starting at 6p.m. Nominations for officers to form the next Executive Committee for the JMMC to hold office for 2013-2014 are now open. ONLY PAID UP MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO make Nominations and/or to be nominated for positions to the new committee. Nominations will remain open until Saturday September 15, 2012, until the closing of nominations as called by the meeting Chairman. Nominations are to be submitted in writing to the JMMC office at Tank Weld Equipment Building, Ferry Industrial Terrace, Mandela Hwy, Kingston 20 or send in via email addressed to Ms. Nicole Thompson at jamotoringclub@gmail.com. Emails with nomination should read in the subject line “Nomination JMMC Board 2012-2014”. You can also send in your nominations via fax to 934-1288.

The current chairman would like the new executive to be comprised of individuals representing the entire spectrum of motorsport in the island, and as such would like to see motorsports stakeholders join the JMMC and indeed be nominated forand elected to positions on the new committee, to ensure fairness and equity for each genre of the sport. As such, one or two representatives each from karting, circuit, drag, rally, sprint and dexterity are sought to move the ASN into the next term, as motorsport gains momentum through the combined effort of enterprising individuals dedicated to its growth.

Meet #7 for the Jamaica Karting Association is scheduled for Sunday, September 16.

For more information visit www.iriekart.com.jm or their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/jamaicakarting

The National Sprint Series will journey to the fabled Vernamfield Airfield on September 30 for Overdrive/Vernamfield Rebirth, meet #5 in the six event series. Series sponsor The Automotive Performance Centre in its mandate to spread motorsports across the island will stage a joint meet with a reorganized drag racing fraternity to revive the historic facility that has been the scene of many motoring achievements over the years. Championship Tarmac sprint action will take place starting at 10am intermittently with properly coordinated ¼ mile drag racing between the sprint runs. A fast circuit track will be laid out that will bring out the best in circuit cars prepared for Dover Raceway, as this event is a good test of car setup ahead of the Heroes Day meet.  Expect to see a massive amount of cars turn out for this event as Dover regulars as well as rally/sprint contenders grace the high speed circuit and the tyre wrenching, fire belching high horsepower monsters come out to play thereafter. Admission is $1,000 and gates open at 8am.

Assistance for this meet has been gained from Tank Weld Equipments, Team Mobay Racing & Tragedy Entertainment.

For more information on motorsports in Jamaica, call Ms. Nicole Thompson at 934-1288,  Email the club at jamotoringclub@gmail.com or visit the club’s website at www.jamaicamotorsports.com or visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/JMMC/178228662233660?bookmark_t=page.

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Nov
24
2011
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December 2011 events preview

Text by Dean Corrodus

This will be a December to remember for Jamaican motor racing fans, as the 2011 season comes to a close, there is a flurry of activity on the local scene that’s reflective of a sucessful year and indicative of an even wider reaching 2012 season.

An examination of the event flyers for the 7 events slated to be held between November 27 and December 27 shows that Jamaican motorsports entertaiment is probably at an all time high. On Sunday, Novemeber 28, Jamwest Raceway located in Old Hope, Westmoreland, Jamaica’s only purpose built drag racing facility, will be the venue for “Rise of the Machines 4”, the 5th and final drag racing event of the year. It doesn’t stop there however, as the track owner Ian Gordon has been busy carving out a circuit track on the property, which has already been marled and rolled to form a rallycross racer’s dream circuit, incorporating the ½ mile drag strip with a wide, fast circuit track that is sure to see thrilling battles when complete.

The event starts with qualifying on Saturday, November 26, with alias’ such as Bad Oil, Damage, Puffy, Alpine, Buju and Likkles slated to be on track for a final tire burning showdown on the 1320.

For further information, contact Winsor Young at 817-9657 or visit the venue’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/9297141774/

That same evening, in the normally quiet, cool hills of Manchester at Master Block factory in Kirkpatrick, drifters and spinners will be in their elemenmt as the thrid annual ‘Drifting invasion” takes over, with names such as Marcus Barnes, Mark Thompson, Ian Wright, Sanjay and Randall Singh, Jamar Kinkead and Cleve “Cutta Hype” Ottey entertain the expected thousands.
For further information contact Patrick Thompson at 450-1893.

The Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s (JMMC) signature event, Petcom Rally Jamaica 2011, is next on the calendar, runnng from Friday December 2 to Sunday, December 4. The 20th anniversary event starts of with the ceremonial start in front of VMBS on Knutsford Blvd in the capital city’s business district at 6 pm on Friday, and moves out to the spectator friendly Tru Juice stages in Bog Walk for a day in the orange groves (for special stages in Bybrook and New Works) on Saturday morning, starting at 8 am at the Petcom Service Station in Angels, St Catherine.
On Sunday morning, action gets underway at 7:30am from the Tank Weld Service Yard in Michelton, Bog Walk, and will use the short Bybrook stage, the famous Wakefield “watersplash” stage and from there head back closer to Kingston for the Bernard Lodge canefield stage at approximately 1:30pm before culminating at 4:00pm on the waterfront of downtown Kingston for the Festival of Speed super special stage, which will have the added attraction of 20 circuit racing cars normally seen at Dover raceway racing on the newly repaved roads closed off to form a circuit track! The prizegiving ceremony closes the series of events on Monday, December 5th at the Knutsford Court Hotel, which is the official rally headquarters.
For further information contact Larry Henriques at 382-4219 or visit www.rallyjamaica.com or the event’s Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/events/145921732167375/.

The popular “Slippery Wen Wet” Ultimate Car exhibition show and dexterity returns to Pines Plaza in Junction, St. Elizabeth on December 11, when the JMMC host the 4th dexterity test event of the season, with the “Winter Motolympics” being the star attraction billed for the day. That event starts at 2pm and will see keen competition in the rear wheel drive class between several drivers vying for championship points, however they may be upstaged by the 4×1 relay exhibition or the basketball shoot out, as Team Pro X Racers, Team Western and Team Performance go head to head for the top prizes.

For further information contact Kingsley Scott at 402-0107 or 773-0395 or visit the event’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/175719225845537/


Come Sunday, December 18, its St. Mary’s turn to sample the motorsports exhibition showcase, as the new Buccaneer Jerk Centre in Llandrumney just outside of Port Maria will be the venue for  “Bikers Burn Out”, a family fun day and night event, with bike stunt riders such as Pugu, Gichie, Cutta, Mad Dog and Oraine taking two wheeled excitement to the fans. Rallysport star and 3 time National drivers champion Richard Rerrie in his Subaru Impreza WRX will also be performing along with Cleve “Cutta Hype” Ottey in his turbocharged rear wheel drive Toyota Starlet, Maurice “Mad Dem” Whittingham in his rear wheel drive Starlet and crowd favorite Ian Wright in “the Big Red Truck”, a Toyota Tacoma pickup. The event is set to cater to the entire family and has kiddies attractions and a bounce-about, with dirt bikes, remote control cars and helicopters performing. The event starts at 10 am.

For further information, call Michael Dawson at 402-5897 or visit the event’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/109551852492488/

On December 26, the action moves to may Pen, Clarendon, for the Square Memorial, when Monk and family of “Excuse Me” truck fame stage “Drifting in May Pen” at the Regency Strip near Mineral Heights Commercial Blvd. gates open at 8am and some of the attractions include freestyle drifting exhibition and a sneak peak at “Truckshow 2012”, which has proven to be extremely popular. The event is hosted by Reggae Rodgers and there will be an after party at Regency Plaza.
Come see the famous truck “EXCUSE ME” and other Crazy Show Trucks in Jamaica!!!!
Featuring Jamaica’s greatest Drifters:
Richie Rerrie, Cutta Hype, Alan Chen, Christopher Rickman, Randal Singh, Scott Racing crew, Gowayne Gordon, Haymans,
Mad Antz Racing, Sav Crew, , St Bess Crew, Manchester Crew, Clarendon Crew and cars from all over Jamaica.

For further information, contact Christopher Rickman at 351-4524 or visit the event’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/140318966076181/

If all of that wasn’t already enough, the JMMC is slated to cap off the year on December 27 with the 5th and final Dexterity test at Whitter Village in Ironshore, Montego Bay. Organized by Team Mad Dem Racing President and CEO Maurice Whittingham and the Team MBMC Executives, the much anticipated event should be another step in taking the motorsports entertainment package right across Jamaica in 2011, with a view to continuing the momentum into the new year.
For further information contact Maurice Whittingham at 862-2745 or 572-2779.

Written by jmmcsecretariat in: Upcoming Events | Tags: , , , , , ,

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