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Exciting Climax to Drag Challenge 5

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMNeville Graham

When starter Verdane Wallace pressed the button to send off the last two cars for Drag Challenge #5, the sun had long dipped in the horizon, but the fading light could not dim the bright excitement on the Vernamfield track in Clarendon. Sunday, December 11, 2016 will forever go down as the day that all classes in the drag challenge were represented and all except one hotly contested and a new Jamaica land speed record.

One hundred and fifty-five supremely prepped cars went to the line. Each driver held nothing back as he planted a right foot that threatened to bore a hole in the floor.

When the smoke cleared and the roar of the engine became a satisfied grunt, Adrian McLymont in the 'Crawford' Ford Mustang laid down a blinding 7.898 seconds on the quarter mile at a top speed of 179.99mph. This means the Crawford is the fastest machine without wings ever in Jamaica. McLymont had finally managed to put all the estimated 1200 horsepower to the 33x161/2 Mickey Thompson slicks (Soft compound tyres) using up a little more than a gallon of race fuel in the short space of time.

In other action, the cars were fast all day and then some with many breaking out of their classes. Probably the most celebrated highlight was when sub-10 king Asafa Powell exchanged spikes for driving shoes to qualify handsomely for the 11 second class in his Nissan Skyline GTR. However, in the elimination rounds Powell's lead foot kicked out a blistering 10.78 seconds down the quarter mile to thereafter confine him to the spectator stands since his car was too fast for its class.

In the eight second class, Bryn Morgan in his Dragster Rail slapped away Alejandro Dieguez Toyota Corolla in a time of 8.008 seconds at a top speed of 158.33mph.

neville.graham@gleanerjm.com