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Conditions were perfect for record - Gore

Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Doug Gore delivered a resounding climax to the 2014 circuit racing season at the Heroes of Drift and Speed at Dover, St Ann, over the Heroes Day weekend, winning all three Thundersport races and setting a new track record to boot.

The veteran driver and his Audi DTM excited the crowds for the final meet of the year and word is that 'Hollywood', as Gore is popularly known, may have done enough to attract a brand-new sponsor for next season.

Gore's outstanding weekend began on Sunday when he set a blistering record of 1:17.019, shattering the previous mark held by his greatest rival, David Summerbell Jr, by half a second.

Gore said everything came together for the record to happen.

"We thought the track record was always there, but to run a record, all things have to be right; the track conditions, the overseas competitors putting lots of rubber on the track, making the track gummy, and a good rain the day before taking off all the old dirt," he said. "We also made changes to the alignment this meet, and the teams said go for it!"

Word on the ground is that, because of Gore's continued impressive performances with the Audi DTM - that has been involved in some epic battles with Summerbell's Total-sponsored Evolution 8 - has been catching the eye of potential sponsors. Gore declined to comment on news of a new sponsor coming on board to join Wisynco - through their 'Bigga' and 'Boom' brands, Amsoil Racing, Sandals Resorts and Sherwin Williams Paints.

Name still a mystery

"It is a gas sponsor," was all he would offer, saying it was too early to say.

The Gleaner spoke with Oral Ashley, marketing manager of Rubis, the newest fuel company in Jamaica, who declined to confirm that the company was considering sponsoring Gore's Audi for next season.

"We are currently looking at a number of properties," was the most he offered.

Meanwhile, Gore has been warned not to get to comfortable with the new track record, as Summerbell is looking to take it back soon.

"Congratulations to Doug, but I would tell him not to relax because we are going to come for it. We are going to look and see what happens between now and the beginning of the season, and see where we go from here in terms of what classes we run and set a plan for 2015," he said. "Maybe it will be Thundersport, and then Doug will have to worry."