Glenroy Sinclair, Staff Reporter
IT WAS business as usual on the local circuit this year for David Summerbell Jr.
In addition to dominating some of the race meets at the Dover Raceway in St. Ann, the 36-year-old driver finished third in the Rally Jamaica 2005 event, to cap another solid year.
By virtue of his consistent performances in the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) organised events and at Dover, Summerbell is easily Jamaica's top motor racing personality for 2005.
While Gary Gregg may have dominated the dexterity, sprint and rally series of the JMMC events, Summerbell also participated in those events, but got the edge with his fantastic performances on the circuit racing scene.
"I want to say a big thank you to the Motor Sales Service Crew and all my sponsors who assisted me," said a smiling Summerbell.
Interestingly, his third place finish in this year's stages rally, came exactly a year after his father's death.
Among his other achievements this year are second place finishes in the JMMC Digicel/Kirdex Tarmac Stages rally and the JMMC Tru Juice Bog Walk Gravel Stages rally.
A father of two, the multi-talented driver has won the Caribbean Champion Driver title, plus the Driver of the Year award at Dover on many occasion.
The former Campion College student got hooked to the sport at age 14 when he began racing go-karts. Two years later he began racing motor bikes, before following in his father's footsteps as a race driver.
He plans to continue racing next season, but at the same time would like to coach and help developed some of the country's young talent.