CMRC Dover Raceway, Jamaica Meet…Jeffrey aiming to dominate regional rivals
Mindful of the fact that Guyana has not won the Regional title since 2010, Group 4 driver Kevin Jeffrey speaking with Kaieteur Sport via telephone yesterday said he is going to the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) season opener in Jamaica with a clear intention to dominate his rivals.
Jeffrey, who along with the veteran Andrew King will be spearheading a strong contingent to the Meet scheduled to be staged on May 26, at Dover Raceway in Jamaica said he understands the burden of success will ultimately rest on the shoulders of him and King, but it was a load that they are willing to undertake as Guyana search for regional glory after a three-year drought.
The easy going speedster informed that his Mitsubishi Evolution VIII machine is in prime condition and even though he is aware that the sport of Motor Racing is a highly unpredictable one, testing has gone well and apart from a few niggles, they’ve been able to rectify all the major problems.
“I can say without contradiction that this is the first time that I will be competing in a Meet overseas where I’ve felt confident with myself and the performance of the car,” Jeffrey mentioned.
He disclosed that a lot of time and effort has gone into preparations and it is simply for those reasons that a large degree of optimism is being felt. According to him, the team had an opportunity to get in some valuable seat time and do testing on Monday and they all left satisfied with the car’s performance.
Quizzed on what if any particular problem is affecting the car presently, Jeffrey responded in the negative, except to say that the head gasket problem that surfaced during the last Race Meet has been corrected, while an alternator hitch will be remedied in Jamaica since a new one has been ordered and is expected to arrive in Jamaica in time for the Meet.
“I know fully well that the flag of Guyana and the hopes of Guyanese motor racing fans will rest on me and Andrew and that is why we’ve decided to take our preparations seriously.”
Jeffrey added that there is no room for complacency and even though no one could accurately predict the outcome on the day, being adequately prepared could ease a lot of burden and concern.
He, however, had one little setback in his physical preparations, having suffered a fall while cycling through the village of Mahaica on Monday which caused some injuries to his hands, but reckoned that he should be fine to resume his fitness regimen, before departure on May 22.
The local racing ace extended thanks to his team of mechanics that include Brian Ten-Pow, Rajiv Rajram, Ramesh Baldeo, Andre Abdool, Leon Persaud and John Seabra along with his sponsors.
According to information received, the other members of the team include Afraz Allie, Syed Hassan who will compete in the Group 2B Class and John Joseph and Harold Hopkinson in the Group 2A Category.
It was also revealed that current Group 4 champion Mark Vieira will miss the trip, while defending Super Bike champion Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira will be absent as well.
The defending Caribbean champion is Jamaican David Summerbell Jr. and he along with fellow racers from Jamaica, Barbados and the Cayman Islands are expected to participate.
The machines were anticipated to depart Guyana yesterday for Jamaica.