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Top drivers gearing up for Easter Monday meet

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

THE TENSE rivalry between the country's top circuit-racing drivers is set to intensify when they clash in what is being described as one of the most competitive line-ups over the last three years.

Such is the anticipation that diehard motorsport fans are expected to turn out in droves at the meet on Easter Monday, April 5, at Dover Raceway, St Ann. The first race is schedule to get under way at noon.

"This meet promises to be more competitive because most of the top drivers have upgraded their cars. Summerbell's car is much better prepared, Doug Gore has gotten a new engine plus, his brother, Matthew, has returned, so we anticipate nail-biting finishes," said Hilary Jardine, president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC).

Peter 'Bull' Thomspon and Allan Chen have teamed up and are now a formidable team with the former confirming that Chen has been practising with the blue and white RX7 Mazda. He also said Chen could be the man behind the wheel when they face the starter in the Thundersport events.

Ready and eager for action

Last year's champion driver, Chris Campbell, is ready and eager for action. He has sent a message, warning Summerbell and Gore (Doug) that neither will be spared.

Others to watch out for are Teddy Burton, Chippy Addison, Peter Jaggan, Brian Foster, Steven Bansie and Gary Williams.

While much has not been said over the past two meets, the veteran Peter Rae has also upgraded his RX7 Mazda and could be the man to upset the apple cart.

In preparation for what is expected to be a bumper crowd, the JRDC has provided 500 additional seating, plus they have acquired more land for parking.

There will also be two VIP tents, one near the tower and the other in the paddock area.