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'Drifters' to rumble Sunday

BY JARMILA JACKSON Observer writer

Friday, February 22, 2013    

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THE 'drifting' craze continues this Sunday at Tyre Warehouse's Champion of Champions at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, St James.

The event is the second in the 2013 Bay Speed Gymkhana series, and promises a day of wild entertainment. Action is set to begin at 2:00 pm.

The competition will see stunt drivers settling scores on an obstacle course with flashy 180- and 360-degree spins for cash prizes and bragging rights. The day's activities will consist of a 4x1 relay, during which teams will go toe-to-toe on the course, a championship run, a shootout challenge, a rookie face-off, and a freestyle competition.

Thrill-seeking drifter and winner of last month's installment Cleve 'Cutta Hype' Ottey says while he's ready to put on an exciting show, he may be taking things a little easier this time around.

"I'll be putting up a challenge as usual, but I'm going to be a little bit more cautious around those curve walls because I used up the last of my spare parts at the last event. They're a little difficult to get," Ottey told Auto.

Known for competing in his turbo-charged Toyota Starlet, Ottey took top honours in the championship run last month. Despite a broken axle and losing a wheel after hitting a kurb wall, he replaced them and went on to win the competition.

Also gunning for the top spot is Ian Wright, who traded in his rear-wheel-drive Toyota Tacoma pickup — popularly known as The Big Red Truck — for a 1986 Toyota Corolla last year.

"I'll be coming with guns blazing. I'm making some changes to the vehicle, but nothing major just yet. My car is a street car, so it's a little heavier than some of the other rear-wheel-drive cars, but it's still very competitive so I know I can beat them," Wright bragged.

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