Drivers gear up for B'dos meet
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Jamaica's circuit- racing team will leave the island this Wednesday for the second leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) which gets under way in Barbados next Saturday.
Speaking with Automotives, team manager and president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Hilary Jardine said the team is in high spirits and raring to go.
"I am very confident we are going to do well. The Barbados track is narrow and our drivers will have to concentrate more on handling the cars, rather than speed," Jardine said.
The Jamaican contingent includes the man of the moment, David Summerbell, who will be driving his Total-sponsored Mitsubishi Evolution VIII. Summerbell gave a grand performance at the recent Emancipation Day race meet at the Dover Raceway, St Ann. He leads the four-wheel drive class on 30 points and needs to win at least three more races to cement his lien on the CMRC title.
Summerbell will be supported by Montego Bay businessman Doug Gore, who will be driving an Evolution V, along with Peter Rae in his RX7 Mazda.
Rae currently leads the two-wheel drive class on 26 points. The team is completed with Harlquin Rodney, the lone motor cyclist.
In the meantime, a Guyana Chronicle Online report said Guyana and Barbados have released the names of the drivers and riders who will be representing the countries at the two-day event.Veteran driver Andrew King, Paul Vieira, Kevin Jeffrey and Shawn King will be Guyana's representatives while Barbados will turn to their record holders Stuart Williams and Roger Mayers, along with brothers Mark and Doug Maloney.
The report further said in the super bike category, Canada-based speedster Kevin Graham will form alliance with Guyana's 'Valentino Rossi' Stephen Vieira, Maurice Meneze and Kamadeo Rajkumar, as they will attempt to take Barbados by storm.
Mean-while, Guyana for the first time leads the country's standing after a good showing in the first round at Dover Raceway.The points-scoring system in the CMRC has been revamped.
It now sees drivers scoring 10 points within the two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive category for a win; eight for second place; six for third; and, a point going to drivers down to eighth place.
The change in format, the release stated, will affect the outcome of one Caribbean Champion. The driver who scores the highest number of points from the three rounds (Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana) will be adjudged the overall winner.
'I am very confident we are going to do well. The Barbados track is narrow and our drivers will have to concentrate more on handling the cars, rather than speed,' Jardine said.