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Peter Rae ends barren spell

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM
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Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

Veteran claims double at 'Heroes of Speed' meet

With time running out and his rivals closing in for the kill, Peter Rae, competing on a flat tyre in the latter stages, breathed a sigh of relief immediately after crossing the finishing line first.

"When I looked up and saw the starter with the chequered flag, I said, 'thank God',"

Commented Rae.

For the past five years, he has not visited the winner's enclosure and, at Monday's 'Heroes of Speed' race meet, the lanky and well-built Rae not only shrugged off his lean spell, but produced two fantastic starts to complete a fine double at Dover Raceway, St Ann.

One of the longest competing and experienced circuit-racing driver at the track, Rae capitalised on mechanical faults suffered by David Summerbell to grab the chequered flag in the final of the Modified Production 4 and Thundersport II events.

Summerbell misses out

"It is good to close out the year like this," said Rae, who is now preparing for the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship in Guyana next month.

Because of his mechanical deficiencies, Summerbell missed out on winning the 2012 Driver of the Year title, which was won by Peter's nephew, Sebastien Rae.

"It's great to have back Peter (Rae) in the winner's enclosure again. It is really fantastic," said Summerbell, who also congratulated Sebastien Rae.

Apart from the usual spills and thrills, the highlight of the meet was centred around the performance of Kyle Gregg, who established a new track record, as well as Heath Causewell, who was superb.

The two lone female competitors, Samantha Summerbell and Natasha Chang, had a good day, likewise Charles Chen, motorcyclist Andre Norman and Doug Gore, who dominated the IP45 Class with his Audi S5.