Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
David Summerbell Jr once again demonstrated why he is rated as the region's top circuit racing driver.
Starting at the back of the pack twice, he drove his heart out and produced a late burst to cement his fifth lien on the Seaboard Marine-sponsored Caribbean Motor Racing Championship Trophy, which concluded in Guyana on the weekend.
The former Campion College schoolboy, who started the third and final leg of the series with a comfortable lead, earned some vital points from his third- and fourth-place finishes. He took the chequered flag in one of the races, but was later disqualified for making a wrong turn after crossing the finishing line.
According to Summerbell Jr, he was penalised for something they claimed he did long after the race was finished.
"I was stunned after the event because I made the correct turn and got stuck in some sand. It is the first time I have ever seen anything like this. Their rule clearly states that if you continue straight ahead after crossing the finishing then you will be disqualified. I did the correct thing according to the rule," said Summerbell Jr.
The event, which concluded on the weekend at the South Dakota track, Guyana, saw Jamaica making a clean sweep of the major regional titles.
"We won the regional championship title as a nation, I won the drivers' championship, while Sebastien Rae won the Group Two regional title, and his uncle, Peter Rae, had the fastest lap time of the day. Plus, Sebastien's mechanic, Robert Samms, was named the mechanic of the meet," boasted Summerbell.
According to Summerbell, all the achievements could not have come at a better time, as the country continues to celebrate its 50th year of Independence.
"It was a fantastic weekend for our country. It could never have come at a better time, when we are celebrating our 50th year of Independence," said Summerbell, who returned to the island on Tuesday.
Affectionately called 'King David' by his many fans, the Total Lubricant-sponsored driver of the Mitsubishi Evolution 8 said he was pleased with his performance and the way his car performed.
"What started out as a tough year at Dover for us ended on a good and positive note for us," said Summerbell.