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Worst crash of my career - Gore

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2017 | 5:00 AMDania Bogle
Emergency personnel lifting Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore into the back of an ambulance, while fans look on at the Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park in Westmoreland on Sunday.
Doug Gore's mangled Audi TT DMT after his crash with rival David Summerbell in the Group Four event of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at the Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park in Westmoreland on Sunday.
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Doug Gore has said he would be out for the rest of the season after a crash with David Summerbell Jr at the Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park in Westmoreland on Sunday.

Gore told The Gleaner that he was released from hospital yesterday morning after doctors gave him the all-clear following the crash, which wrote off his Audi TT DTM and Summerbell's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII race cars.

"I'm very, very, sore and feeling pains all over. Otherwise, I'm just glad to be here after such a violent crash. It could have been a lot worse. It's probably the worst I've had in my 20-odd years of racing, and I've had my share," Gore said.

"I just need a little bed rest and I will be fine," he added.

The crash happened at the start of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) Group 4 event, the feature race of the day. Gore, the defending CMRC Driver's champion, was looking to secure a win for Jamaica, to take the country title from Guyana.

Summerbell sought to explain the accident which happened shortly after the start of the race, as he, Gore, and Kyle Gregg were jostling for position.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

 

"We came on to the straight, and as we came onto the straight, Kyle (Gregg) accelerated. There was a big space between Doug and Kyle, and I took the opportunity to go through. When I got through, halfway past, he (Gore) evidently had planned to close the door, but I don't think he realised how quickly I had gone through," Summerbell said.

"It's a racing accident. It may have been alleviated if the starter may have been starting the races lower down. The rest of the field hadn't come round onto the straight, and to tell the truth, this was every race today (Sunday)," he said.

Meanwhile, Gore said that with his car out of commission, there was very little likelihood of his racing again this season.

"My car looks like it is written off. If we do decide to repair it, it couldn't be done in Jamaica. We would have to send away to Germany," he said.

Three marshals, two of which received leg injuries, and another a head injury in the crash, were also released from hospital yesterday.