May 29, 2013 Sports
Jamaica Observer – The Jamaican team marvelled the thousands that gathered at Dover Raceway on Sunday to earn valuable points in the first leg of the Seaboard Marine Rubis Caribbean Motor Racing Champions (CMRC).
Douglas Gore, in his unbeatable Audi TT, dominated both CMRC Group Four races, and beat his rivals in the Grand Finale Thundersport 2 race. Gore belted the ATL/Petcom-sponsored Audi through the chicane, after accepting a challenge from Barbados’ Douglas Maloney to start from the back of the Thundersport 2 race.
Maloney was hot on Gore’s heels in his fire-breathing Audi A4 Quattro, but Gore showed the might of his Audi TT by passing all the drivers to grab the chequered flag. It was Audi versus Audi as the Bajan hounded Gore, but could manage only second in what can be described as the clash of the Titans. Andre Anderson placed third.
“The car has been unbeatable since its arrival on the island. I’m so glad for all the support from the fans this year and for all the sponsors coming back on board 100 per cent. It feels good to give Jamaica maximum points for the CMRC,” said Gore.
Guyanese Kevin Jeffery, who was driving Gore’s former Mitsubishi Evolution, was second in the CMRC Race 3, with Maloney securing third place. Suriname and Cayman also contested the CMRC races.
In his Total/Andersons Auto Parts-sponsored Mitsubishi Mivec, driving sensation Andre Anderson put pedal to the metal and secured three first-placed and two third-placed finishes, including the CMRC Group Four races. Anderson suffered a broken rear suspension in the second CMRC race and his Mivec was thrown into nearby bushes as it spun out of control.
“I am okay and we were able to rectify the suspension. I did what I came to do in the CMRC races and helped to contribute points to team Jamaica. The wins in the other races were like icing on the cake, so it was a good day,” said Anderson, who won Meet Champion for the April 2013 meet.
Anderson showcased some very impressive racing and despite being hunted by the pack, put the Mivec to work and had a very successful day. His Team Total partner Kyle Gregg, in a Total Honda Civic, also gained valuable points for Jamaica with wins in all three CMRC Group Two races, alongside compatriot Sebastian Rae, driving his Firestick Mitsubishi Mivec, also winning races.
Alan Chen, Kyle’s arch-rival, was very competitive on race day and grabbed the chequered flag for the indomitable Thundersport 1 race, in his Allied Toyota Starlet. Chen also earned points for Jamaica by placing second in one of the CMRC Group Two race. Natasha Chang suffered engine problem during the qualifying day and her Honda Civic was ruled out of the CMRC.
David Summerbell Summerbell Jr’s Total Mitsubishi Evolution 8 also suffered mechanical problems on race day and after placing first in the Modified Production race 4, spun out of control on the track, which rendered the car incapable of completing the race day.
On his return to motorcycle racing, after missing a few meets, Stefan Chin was victorious in all Motorcycle A races contested, with Robert McDonald and Dennis Chin Quee placing second and third, respectively.
In Motorcycle B action, Caswell Lewis, the rider who was flung from his motorcycle, won race one and his nemesis Jason ‘Ratty’ Campbell won race two. Lewis placed second in race two behind Campbell. Caswell is now recovering nicely at home after being treated at hospital after the accident.
“It’s good to be back after so long. As a rider I just want to thank Adam Stewart and ATL for use of the helicopter because it could have been anyone of us motorcyclists who had the accident and I’m really grateful that the assistance was offered by Mr Stewart,” said Stefan Chin.
Rhon Gayle also experienced victory as he stamped his mark in the Bracket 38 race, ahead of Brian Shor and former MP Othneil Lawerence. Lawrence, however, put his foot down and grabbed the chequered flag in race number two. Ocran David and Dwight Spence were winners in the Bracket 45T and Bracket 45N races, respectively.
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