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Ja's fastest meet on street

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMGlenroy Sinclair
Doug 'Hollywood' Gore
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses beside the timing board showing the new World Record after he won the Men's 200m final during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Children in Usain Bolt Foundation T-Shirts unveil the gold-coloured Nissan GT-R which was handed over to Usaun Bolt at the UWI, Mona, Bowl in May 2013.
Doug Gore completes a victory lap after winning yet another race at Dover Raceway, St Ann.
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When they greeted each other at the Bacchanal Carnival Road March in Kingston last Sunday, race car driver Doug 'Hollywood' Gore quickly noted that the outstanding commonality between himself and multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt is speed.

"Shortly after greeting him, somebody came and took a photo. Then I said to the person, 'This is the fastest man on two feet and the fastest Jamaican on four wheels'," the high-spirited Gore told Automotives last Thursday.

And while Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, will be conditioning him to go even faster at the athletics World Championship in Beijing, China, August, Gore will be preparing his Audi TT to erase the lap record when he returns to Dover Raceway in St Ann this summer.

"Oh, Lord! It is going to be faster than before. The lap record a go bruck again!" an excited Gore chuckled.

He said the dismantled car is at his Montego Bay, St James, office, awaiting parts to arrive from the Czech Republic.

"When completed, it is going to look like a 2015 Audi TT," said Gore, who strongly believes that a number of persons had given up on him and never believed he would have returned to circuit racing so quickly.

This was after his car crashed into a wall at the Jamwest Speedway, Old Hope, Westmoreland, in February, while preparations were being made for the first leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship.

PARTS HARD TO SOURCE

"The braking system in the car was being tested when the car got out of control and headed straight into a wall at Jamwest. It got a very violent hit. The entire front was damaged," said Gore.

The parts for his 2003 Audi TT were hard to source.

"We had to contact the owner of a similar car in the Czech Republic, who then used his car to build moulds for the Audi. This is how we were able to get the parts. The new-look car will see the air now coming through the front bumper and exiting through the back lights. This should make the car much faster," Gore explained.