Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Circuit racing in Jamaica will be conducted under different rules for the next three seasons.
Outgoing president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Norman Minott revealed that a new set of rules has been finalised that will change the current weight and class structure of circuit racing in Jamaica.
The rules, he said, were recently finalised by the Technical Regulations Committee (TRC) and have been accepted by the JRDC executive.
"It has been accepted and now being published and people now have been given notice that these rules are the ones that they will be running under for 2014, '15, and '16," Minott said. "So people have now been getting their cars in gear to accommodate that."
While not divulging many details of what the rule changes are, Minott conceded that not everyone is happy with them.
"Some people are upset. You know what happens when you bring in new rules, some people may not like it was much as others."
He explained that some people might think they have to put a lot of weight in their cars in order to remain in a particular class or alternatively, they may have to move up a class.
"And I guess some people would prefer not having to move up," he said. "Some people might have to build new engines or make substantial changes to their existing engines. Once you ask people to do that sort of thing, you will get some resistance but the rules, as recommended by the TRC, seem to make sense to me. I think the rules are fair all-round and should improve the sport, make it more competitive and assist with the development of circuit racing in Jamaica."
As it relates to the tyre rule that caused a rift between past president Christopher McFarlane and Doug Gore's team last season, Minott said there has been a relaxation of that rule in that regard. Gore had wanted to use fresh sets of tyres for Modified Production Class qualifying and for each Modified Production race. He also wanted the same for each Thundersport race.
Currently, the rule allows for drivers to use four tyres for races in the Modified Production Class and an additional four for Thundersport races.
"Doug was worried about his tyres going off during a race. I am not sure we will ever be able to totally satisfy him in that regard, but I would suggest that he should be comfortable with the rules."
Minott said these changes and the natural appeal of motor racing will keep the crowds coming out to racing next season onwards.