Injured motorcyclist still in hospital
Gore will race only in Ja for rest of year
Glenroy Sinclair, Gleaner Writer
More than two weeks after being flung from his motorcycle during the Emancipation Day meet at Dover Raceway, St Ann, Renaldo Colquhoun is still hospitalised. Colquhoun's relatives are unsure when he is likely to be released.
"The doctors said he had a bruise on his brain. He is still weak in the body, but is conscious and talking. Based on what we have seen so far, he has improved significantly," Renaldo's sister, Maverlee Colquhoun, told Automotives on Friday.
A policeman by profession Colquhoun, according to reports, ended up in the bushes while negotiating Corner One of the challenging course. He was rushed to the St Ann's Bay Hospital, where he spent several days before being transferred to a Kingston hospital.
When contacted on Friday, president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), Charles Chen, said the club stands ready to assist in any way it can with Colquhoun's medical expenses.
Looking back at the meet overall, Chen said the event met the organisers' expectations, despite financial challenges.
"There is no money. People are in a saving and expense-cutting mood now. So when we amended some of the rules in relation to the competitors, the gesture was to reduce the cost of racing," Chen said.
He further argued that the general financial situation has limited the JRDC's ability to market and move the sport forward. The organisation therefore has to be finding creative ways to partner with sponsors, a strategy which Chen said worked at the last race meet.
Doug Gore, one of the Jamaican motorsport crowd favourites, has cancelled all overseas engagements and will be racing at home for the rest of the year. This is at the request of his sponsors and it could have a positive spin-off on circuit racing.
"I will be competing at the Dover October meet and later on at JamWest," said Gore, who dominated the Thundersport II Class at the Emancipation Day race meet.
This means that Jamaica's chances of retaining its Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) may be reduced. Another top driver, David Summerbell, will be taking part only in the Jamaican leg of the CMRC, scheduled for next February.
Summerbell apologised to his fans for the mechanical challenges he faced at his most recent outing, which prevented him from challenging Gore as he had wanted. "But there will be no apology in October," said Summerbell.
Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae, who also had mechanical problems, has given his word that he will return with a bang. "I want to bring the curtain down with zooming display of action," said Rae.