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Dover Raceway heats up today

Observer writer

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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CIRCUIT-RACING season begins on Easter Monday with Carnival of Speed scheduled for Dover Raceway in St Ann.

Event organisers Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) are upbeat ahead of the meet.

“We expect the meet to exceed the expectations of all our stakeholders. First and foremost, we expect to put on an exciting and entertaining day of racing for the motorsports fans. We hope that the weather will be kind to us so that the racing enthusiast, will come out in great numbers to support their favourite competitors,” Peter McConnell, JRDC chairman, told the Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

McConnell said the club is focused on enhancing the racing product.

“We are working hard to ensure that we put on a well-organised event for our competitors. We are focusing on track and paddock preparations along with racing operations to ensure that we have a smooth and efficient day of racing. The JRDC also wants to ensure that our sponsors get good value for money,” he said.

The race schedule sees 14 races across the various classes: Improved Production (IP); Super Street (SS); Modified Production (MP); Thundersport (TS); and the Motorcycles. The day will close with the combined MP and TS classes.

“Preparations are in high gear and we looking forward to Easter Monday,” McConnell said.

The racer to watch this season is 2018 circuit-racing champion Kyle Gregg. He is eyeing another successful season. Last year, Gregg not only took the champion title, in his TS2 class he was the champion driver for the October final meet.

He said he is delighted that his sponsorship contract was renewed GB Energy/Texaco earlier this month.

“I'm very grateful for the contract extension. We have been very successful together. This year marks their 100 year anniversary in Jamaica, so I need to win everything for them,” said Gregg.

Gregg will be behind the wheels of his Radical RXC. He remains unfazed by the competition.

“The plan is the same as last year, defend the title for the third year in a row,” he said.

William Myers is racer who will not make it easy for Gregg for his championship bid.

Myer's story mirrors that of Gregg, as at 18 he made the transition from go-karting to circuit racing. After becoming the dominant force in MP2, he's ready to make the jump to the big leagues behind the wheel of a Radical SR3 in TS2.

“From all that I have learnt from karting and from racing the (Honda) Civic, it has definitely built the foundation for me to drive and understand this car. This Radical has a lot more grip and is very nimble and it definitely feels like I am driving a big go-kart,” Myers explained.

The driver has already been making waves on social media after posting testing videos and teasing that he's already turning in lap times very close to Gregg's 1:16.10 all-time lap record.

Also wanting a shot at wrestling the Dover Raceway title away from Gregg is the Dwight Lue-led Lueboyz Racing. Having made their name in drag-racing circles, the team has moved to circuit racing and is set to fly their own Radical SR8 into the island in time for Monday's meet.

“We are hoping to get this car off by Thursday, so we can star testing Friday to see how to dial in suspension and handling. We just want the car to be reliable. Even a podium on Monday would make us happy,” said Lue.

Lue's car will be driven by Trinidadian Kristian Boodosingh.

Doug “Hollywood” Gore is hoping his KIA Rio race car, which was sent to Europe for fine-tuning, will be back in time for Monday's race meet.

“There has been plenty of changes to the car, including it being more aero(dynamic). It will be at the track on Friday, ready for testing with three specialists out of Europe to deal with the engine tuning and suspension,” said Gore.

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