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Racing fraternity pays tribute to 'Sinco'

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 6:00 AMShayne Fairman
David Summerbell reflects on the life of Glenroy Sinclair.

Having begun a decades-long career passionately reporting on local motorsport, it was only fitting that journalist Glenroy Wayne Sinclair received emotional tributes at the Jamaica Karting Association Meet No. 4, held at the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track in Kingston yesterday.

It was more than a moment's silence, usually given to fallen sportsmen, as the news of Sinclair's passing was announced for racers, supporters, and local fraternity members to hear.

'Sinco', as he was affectionately known by colleagues and peers, suffered a suspected heart attack, collapsing while at work Friday afternoon. He was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital by his colleagues where he succumbed early Saturday morning.

President of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), Monique Gibbs, says she knew him for almost 10 years.

"He has always been a keen contributor to motorsport; his memory will live on with us. We at JRDC give our condolences to his family, and to his friends, and we will ensure his memory will live on," Gibbs said.

Meanwhile, a cast of Jamaica's veteran drivers sent out emotional tributes, including David Summerbell, who shared recollections of his time with Sinclair.

"To me, it's probably the largest loss to motorsport from a journalistic point of view. He loved the sport and really wanted to see the sport grow," a tearful Summerbell told The Gleaner.

He added: "I became friends with Glenroy many years ago. He actually came on a rally with me, and we lost him halfway. Even though we won the race, he wouldn't come back on another," the veteran driver recalled.

He added: "We definitely owe him a debt of gratitude."

Peter Rae called the loss "very sad".

"I have known Glenroy from the early days of Dover Racing, and we developed a very close relationship. I was just about to approach him on the Reggae Racers Voyage to Trinidad and Tobago, where we (Jamaican drivers) take part in the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships. It was a great shock to have learnt of his passing," Rae said.

Doug Gore said he would miss Sinclair's interesting and insightful stories in The Gleaner.

"He would always keep in touch, always come to watch us compete or even just come to hail me up. He will be dearly missed," Rae said.

Mike Simmons said he knew Sinclair for almost 25 years, and described him as "a great guy".

"He contributed 100 per cent to the Jamaican Karting Association. I always asked him why he doesn't drive, because he loved the sport so much," Simmons stressed.

Sinclair died just short of his 50th birthday.

He reported on topics like crime for more than 20 years, general elections, hurricanes, industrial affairs, and sports, and was later promoted to assignment coordinator at The Gleaner.

shayne.fairman@gleanerjm.com