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Independence of Speed will be hot

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Dover raceway in St Ann is to be the stage for electrifying racing this weekend at the Jamaica race Drivers Club (JRDC) Total Lubricant Independence of Speed coming up on Sunday, August 7.

The battle for the driver's championship is expected to be intense.

Perennial contender Doug Gore recently had the engine of his Audi TT DTM rebuilt which enabled him to restore the estimated 80 horsepower he had lost through wear and tear. The rebuilt power block served him well recently in Trinidad where he won all three races contested there.

Meanwhile, Gore's fierce rival, David Summerbell, has reportedly installed a brand new engine in his Evolution. Summerbell's former Total teammate Kyle Gregg, now with Texaco, is also ensuring his readiness by flying in mechanics to tune his Radical RXC racing car that has made him more than a threat to the afore-mentioned big guns in a race for the title that Gore said is too close to call.


Each driver won one race at the last race meet on Labour Day at the Jamwest Speedway in Westmoreland and the return 'home' promises to be just as thrilling.

"Kyle has made this a legitimate three-horse race," said Heath Causewell vice-president of the JRDC. "But really there are about six cars that are not that far from each other," he added.

The Thundersport races ,however, will make up only a portion of the Independence Day meet that will feature 15 races.

Causewell also expects keen competition in the lower classes MP (Modified Production) 1 and MP2 where emerging stars like Fraser McConnell and Williams Myers continue to hone their considerable driving skills.

In addition to the action on the track, spectators will also benefit from a special bar being set up that Causewell believes will make patrons feel more at home. The Ribbiz Ultra Lounge, he said, will also be setting up a VIP area on the roof of the pit from where they will be serving food and drinks at reasonable prices.

"We are` encouraging people to come and hang out at what will be a great family-oriented affair," Causewell said.