One of the ultimate dreams of every motorsport fan is to take a lap around the circuit with a professional driver. Few ever get to realise this dream, but come tomorrow, one lucky fan will get the opportunity of a lifetime to drive in a rally car with reigning champion Jeffrey Panton ahead of Rally Jamaica 2013 in Bog Walk, courtesy of The Gleaner Company.
"We have a lot of racing fans in Jamaica and our Automotives section does very well due to this. That's why we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to team one lucky fan with one of Jamaica's finest racecar drivers for the experience of a lifetime," said Terri-Karelle Reid, brand manager for The Gleaner Online.
To enter the competition, fans simply need to 'like' The Gleaner's Facebook page, click on the #RallyUpJA app and sign up, then get as many friends as possible to sign up. Entrants must ensure that their friends state who they are rallying for. The person who amasses the most support will win. Entries close at 6:00 pm today.
CHAMPION RACER WILLING
"We're very happy that when we brought the idea to Jeffrey Panton, he was not only receptive, but enthusiastic and willing to give of his time to expose the winner to a process that is rarely seen by outsiders," added Reid.
Panton is indeed looking forward to sharing this experience with the winner.
"We are excited to be able to have a member of the general public experience the thrill of a ride in a Ford World Rally Car, the most advanced rally car in the Caribbean today. [It is] a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is sure to be remembered for years to come," he said.
Panton goes into the 2013 staging of Rally Jamaica with an eye on retaining his crown, following his record seventh title last year.