Vaz takes Asphalt Assault

Observer writer

Friday, March 09, 2018

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TEAM Streetz Jamaica is celebrating the successful staging of their first dexterity event 2018, Asphalt Assault: Dirt Splurt at the Tru-Juice Orchards in Bog Walk, St Catherine, on Sunday.

The event also marks their second attempt at hosting a dexterity.

“We are very pleased with the results. The feedback from everyone has been great so far. The competitors loved it; from the course, the feel and vibe, to how the event was run,” Christopher James of Team Streetz told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

With one of the largest driver turnouts in recent dexterity history, 26, James is already looking to shoot past that number for the May 5 staging back to where it all began for Asphalt Assault last year — the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston.

“Several drivers didn't make it for one reason or another, and there are those that don't want to put their cars on gravel. The May 5 event will be back on tarmac, albeit wet, and will be held at night,” James said.

He also hinted that the event would be transformed from more than just a dexterity.

“We're trying to get the right sponsorship as we want it to be a car show as well with an after-party.”

Asphalt Assault: Dirt Splurt started slow as drivers tried to figure out the course and came to terms with the two-car run method Team Streetz employed. By the second set of runs the majority of the drivers appeared comfortable and began to push, leading to some thrilling moments. Helping keep things even more interesting was the wide variety of vehicles that took part.

For most of the day, it was an unlikely battle between two very disparate competitors, rookie Lee Vaz and veteran Joel Jackson. Vaz driving a rear-wheel drive prepped race car, his father's Toyota Starlet, found himself having to stay ahead of Jackson driving a front-wheel drive Nissan Micra.

“The competition was very close all day, within .5 of a second. And up to the very last double lapper the pressure was on from Joel, Thomas Hall and my dad Ricky,” he said.

Vaz would turn in the best time in the final run of the day.

“It went as well as we expected it could in that car,” Jackson said of his second-place finish.

Both men complimented the organisers.

Sean, Joel's younger brother sharing the same Nissan, was third fastest, followed by Darren Givens and Dimitri Dawkins.




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