Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Doug 'Hollywood' Gore and Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae registered the two fastest lap times during qualifying sessions at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, yesterday, setting the stage for an epic battle on the track today, with David Summerbell, Chris Campbell and Jeffrey Panton, in the Modified Production 4 and Thundersport II Classes.
"The guys are flying. Doug (Gore) was one-tenth of second, from smashing the track record and Peter (Rae) was right behind him," president of the Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC), Christopher 'Teach' McFarlane, told The Gleaner yesterday.
Following yesterday's qualifying, the track will begin buzzing with excitement today at 9 a.m.
"The competition tun up," was how McFarlane described what he witnessed on the track yesterday.
Reports reaching The Gleaner are that both Summerbell and Campbell were looking good during qualifying yesterday. While none of the top drivers have decided to make predictions this time around, all eyes are expected to be glued to the Mitsubishi Evolution, driven by Jeffrey Panton.
He has not raced at Dover in more than a decade, but is undoubtedly one of the best drivers in the Caribbean. The former St George's College student is regarded as one of the most successful rally drivers in the region and once his car is in top shape, then there is no doubt that he will be aiming for a podium finish.
Last December, he won the Rally Jamaica event for the seventh time. The St Andrew based businessman has a motorsport career spanning over two decades.
Among the other drivers expected to square off are last year's cham-pion Sebastian Rae, Kyle Gregg, Alan Chen, Andre Anderson, Natasha Chang, the Bayley brothers, Robert and George, Guy Fraser, Matthew Gore, Nigel Edwards and Troy Riley.
The JRDC has summoned top-flight reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji to cool things down when the tension begins to mount this afternoon.
"Yes, he has been confirmed. Sizzla and his entourage will be performing at approximately 2:30 p.m.," the JRDC president assured.