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Two Sundays of racing

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Two cars go head to head at Vernamfield.
Part of the audience at a previous Vernamfield, Clarendon, drag racing meet.
Cars line up for the start at Dover Raceway, St Ann, where the JRDC Emancipation Day meets were previously held. BELOW: Two cars go head-to-head at Vernamfield.
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With back-to-back weekends of racing, motor sport aficianodos will not be short of their rush of choice in the immediate pre-holiday and holiday period.

Today, the action is at Vernamfield in Clarendon, where the drag racers will hurtle down the track two at a time in an effort to record their fastest time in the different time brackets. Then next week, the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) will host its annual Emancipation Day race meet at the JamWest in Westmoreland - a departure from the accustomed Dover Raceway, St Ann, venue.

The Vernamfield meet, titled the NestlÈ Suppligen Challenge #3, is slated to see close to 100 drivers competing. Not only does this handsomely top the previous highest number of about 75 competitors, but there will also be a Cayman contingent in attendance. The three, Trevor Mohammed, Jodi Jervis, and Donald Francis, will be pitting their machines and mettle against their Jamaican counterparts in what is shaping up to be an exciting encounter.

Next Sunday, the JRDC will also be on race meet number three, and unlike previous meets where there has been qualifying on one day and the races determining final placements the next, it will be a one-day affair. In order to get the full programme in, the days of racing start at 8 a.m. to get in eight hours of action until the 4 p.m. shut-off.

There will be 13 races, including four for bikers, on the improved track.

Organisers of both meets have emphasised the need for safety and encouraged persons who attend not to speed going to or leaving the race venues.

- M.C.