Rae, Summerbell go for experience
Drivers lead J'can CRMC charge
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Combined, Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae and David Summerbell have dedicated at least 70 years to circuit racing in Jamaica and the region. It is that wealth of experience that the nation will be relying on to successfully invade the South Dakota race track, Guyana, when the third leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CRMC) gets under way next Sunday.
"I made my debut in motor racing in 1968, while competing at a motor cross event in Sligoville, St Catherine. I have competed in Cuba, the United States, the United Kingdom, and across the region. I have a wealth of track experience - from rallying to circuit racing," said Rae. His aim at the Guyana meet is to position himself favourably in the Group 4 Class, so that when the final leg of the series is run in Jamaica, he would have realistic shot at the 2014 title.
The driver's sponsors, DHL and Epping, have ensured that his Mazda RX-7 is in good shape and ready for the battle. The Reggae Racers will be flown, Guyana courtesy of Fly Jamaica, while the cars were facilitated by Seaboard Marine.
Already a champion
Rae, the driver who has been competing longest at the Dover Raceway, has been to at least six regional championships in his 45 years of motor sport. He will be supported by his younger colleague, 45 year-old businessman David Summerbell, who has spent the last 25 years supporting every aspect of the sport.
"It's an impressive-looking line-up, and I am going there to test the car to see what we need to do come next year," said Summerbell.
He stressed that Total Lubricant haD ensured that his Mitsubishi Evolution 8 is already fast, plus the South Dakota track is also very fast - but challenging.
"It is going to be very tough for us because this is a fast track with five corners with some top-class drivers," said Summerbell.
While Jamaica is far behind on points to win the regional title, the focus will be on the champion driver's title. Barbados' Mark Maloney, with his Mazda RX-3, Mark Vieira, Kevin Jeffrey, and veteran Andrew King (who will lead Guyana's team) are in the hunt. But the man all eyes will be glued to is Kristian Jeffrey, the son of Mark Vieira. Reports are that he is in top form and could easily destroy the opposition.