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Gore, Summerbell Jr on the mend

BY BRIAN BONITTO
Associate Editor —
Auto & Entertainment
bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

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TOP-TIER racing car drivers Doug “Hollywood” Gore and David Summerbell Jr are recuperating at home following Sunday's horrific crash at the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Invasion race meet held at Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park in Westmoreland last Sunday.The meet was the opening round of the 2017 Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC).

“My number five left vertebra has been fractured. Coming out of the X-rays, apparently it was damaged before and the accident just aggravated it again... The instructions from my doctor was to take it easy and allow things to heal... I'll need a couple of weeks. It's very uncomfortable at nights,” Gore told Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine yesterday.

According to Gore, his Audi TT DTM has been totalled.

“It was badly damaged... quite extensive. No way that can be repaired here; it has to go back to Europe. Hopefully I'll get it back for Easter next year,” said Gore.

Gore's counterpart, Summerbell Jr said “he's blessed beyond words” to have walked away from the crash.

“I'm having some back and neck pains, but I'm doing well,” he said.

Summerbell Jr said he's hoping he'll be okay enough for Sunday's karting meet at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston.

“I'm hoping I'll feel we enough to take on that on Sunday... But I'll wait and see,” he said.

Summerbell Jr is president of the Jamaica Karting Association.

As for his Mitusubishi Lancer Evolution VIII, he said it's quite banged up.

“It's pretty bad. Every corner is damaged. We haven't gotten an opportunity to access the extent of the damage as my chief mechanic Ian Webb is off the island. So we've cleaned it up and await his return,” Summerbell Jr added.

Sunday's crash took place at the start of the CMRC group 4 event, which was the meet's feature event. Gore is the defending CMRC Driver Champion.

According to reports, Gore, Summerbell Jr and Kyle Gregg were vying for the lead. Summerbell Jr attempted to pass between Gregg and Gore. However, he and Gore collided, sending both cars into the barrier wall.

Three marshals at the event were also hurt in the accident. They were released from hospital on Monday.

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