'Hollywood' Gore steals show at Dover
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
After Monday's display before over 4,000 patrons at the Dover Raceway in St Ann, tall Montegonian, Doug 'Hollywood' Gore, demonstrated again why he is rated among the country's top circuit racing drivers.
Celebrating his return to Dover with his Audi TT, Gore registered a hat-trick of wins.
However, he would later lose one of the races in the 'Stewards' Room', following a protest that he had breached the tyre rules while competing in the second Modified Production Class 4 event.
"Yes, Doug Gore was disqualified for breaching the tyre rules in the second MP4 race. The tyres that he used gave him a distinct advantage over everybody who followed the rules," president of the Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC), Christopher McFarlane, told The Gleaner yesterday.
The race was eventually awarded to Heath Causewell, with Jeffrey Panton and Captain Mark Carey finishing second and third, respectively.
Contacted yesterday, Gore said he has no intention of appealing the Stewarts' decision.
"I blame myself, I should have looked at what the guys were doing. They (crew members) did not do it the right way," said Gore, who is now claiming bragging rights that his Audi is now in an unbeatable state.
"I'm back," shouted Gore, responding to roaring applause from the hundreds of fans during a trackside interview with McFarlane, who also performed the role of commentator.
The interview was done shortly after he took the chequered flag in one of the Modified Production Class 4 events, at the Shell/Helix Carnival of Speed meet.
The Audi was making a return, following an accident on the track last year. The car was badly damaged then and was transported overseas for major repairs in Germany.
Gore's archrival David Summerbell had a challenging day and was unable to deliver the goods. Despite the challenges, Summerbell displayed a never-say-die attitude, giving it his all.
"It was a difficult weekend for us. The car lost the turbo in the second MP4 race. It was unfortunate, but we will be back, stronger and better for the next race meet," said Summerbell.
McFarlane, the newly elected JRDC president summed up the meet in one word, "success".
Top-flight reggae artiste, Sizzla Kalonji, had the crowd screaming their heads off, as he entertained them in a 20-minute show.
Among the other drivers who shared in the spotlight were Natasha Chang, Alan Chen, Kyle Gregg, Peter Rae, Jeffrey Panton, Sebastian Rae, Guy Fraser, André Anderson and Peter Jaggon.