Strong turnout for Vernamfield drag meet
The second-highest-ever number of drag racers - 154 - descended on Vernamfield, Clarendon, last Sunday for the NDRC Drag Challenge #4. Highlights of the meet included the close going of the Super Street 15; pedal to metal action in Pro Street 13 and the duel to the death of Pro Race 9.
In the Street 16 Left Lane, Davin Virgo continued his dominance of the class in his Toyota Hiace bus, winning in 16.336 seconds over Kenroy Richards in his Honda Logo in 16.709 seconds.
Marcelle Coomarsingh in his low-slung Suzuki Samurai won a close race in the Super Street 15 with a time of 15.653 seconds over Damion Spence in his Toyota Levin, who did 15.53 seconds. In the Pro Street 13, there was a pedal to metal, ding-dong battle between Stanley Powell in a Toyota Starlet and Noel Rhone in a Lancer Evolution 3. In the end only, thee-tenths of a second separated the two, Powell winning in 13.434 seconds over Rhone, with 13.724 seconds.
The battle of the Subarus in Pro Modified 11 saw Ian Galbraith (11.796 secs) putting on nearly a full second over Peter Matthews (12.747secs). There was also the battle of the Civics in Pro Modified 10. Kenneth Timoll in an all motor 2.4 L trouncing Xavia Murray in 10.708 seconds, Timoll left Murray dead at the start line, after which Murray could only limp home in 31.416 seconds.
Probably the biggest, most anticipated race of the day was the Pro Race 9. Jody Jervis in his R33 Nissan Skyline had been laying down merciless times all day, decimating all before him. In the process he had set and broken the track record for six-cylinder rear-wheel drive cars twice.
Excitement reached fever pitch as the cars roared and snorted at the start line. Jervis blasted away on the green light, leaving for dead Craig Lue in his much feared Mitsubishi Evolution. At just over the half-way mark the R32 was going full blast when it produced a telltale white cloud of smoke, leaving Craig Lue to hold his nerve for a famous win,
In the end it was Craig Lue (9.948secs) from Jody Jervis (10.274secs).
The full results are:
Street 16 Left Lane
Winner: Davin Virgo, 16.336sec @ 76.76mph
Runner-up: Kenroy Richards, 16.709sec @ 83.65mph
Super Street 15
Winner: Marcelle Coomarsingh 15.653sec @ 90.72mph
Runner-up: Damion Spence, 15.530sec @ 87.26mph
Superior Parts 14
Winner: Markland McFarlane, 14.153sec @ 106.68mph
Runner-up: Joseph Montaque, 14.332sec @ 91.18mph
Pro Street 13
Winner: Stanley Powell, 13.434sec @ 108.27mph
Runner-up: Noel Rhone, 13.724sec @ 96.38mph
Auto King 12
Winner: Junior Mclean, 12.132sec @ 118.04mph
Runner-up: Andrew Morgan, 14.331sec @ 113.29 mph
Pro Modified 11
Winner: Ian Galbraith, 11.796sec @ 84.22mph
Runner-up: Peter Matthews, 12.747sec @ 126.76mph
Pro Modified 10
Winner: Kenneth Timoll, 10.708sec @ 129.87mph
Runner-up: Xavia Murray, 31.416 @33.69mph
Pro Race 9
Winner: Craig Lue, 9.948sec @ 161.92mph
Runner-up: Jody Jervis, 10.274sec @115.62mph
Pro Race 8
Winner: Adrian McLymont, 8.741sec @ 158.84mph
Runner-up: Bryn Morgan, 33.946sec @ 22.55mph