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Jamwest crash decision imminent - Gibbs

Published:Saturday | May 27, 2017 | 5:00 AMRachid Parchment
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Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC) president Monique Gibbs has said that investigations into the crash between Doug Gore and David Summerbell Jr at the Jamwest Motor Speedway in Westmoreland last Sunday are ongoing and a decision will be made soon.

The crash had taken place in the final event of the day, in the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship moments after the race's rolling start.

Gibbs said that the investigation is being conducted by officials independent of the JRDC.

"The decision is actually being made by the stewards," she said. "They are concurrently doing their checks and they will keep us abreast as to the outcome. They are from the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club."

Gibbs had previously said that there are certain possible causes for the crash being explored, in order for a ruling and sanctions to be passed down. However she would not be drawn on whether starting the race at a lower point on the track would have prevented the crash, as was previously suggested by Summerbell Jr.

"It is a craft of things. If the start wasn't done properly; if the race should have been restarted or regridded; if someone picks the start, they are pushed back in terms of position, but because the race had not yet started, we have to do the requisite checks before we can apply any penalties," she said.

"We expect the decision to be made within a few days."

The incident saw Gore being hospitalised but he was released a day later and said that it was the worst crash he had experienced in over 20 years in the sport.

Gore, the defending CMRC champion, also went on to say that his season is essentially over, as his Audi TT DTM race car had been written off.