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Stewart lauds new JRDC head

Friday, February 01, 2013    

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"IT is time for us to grow the motor-racing sport in Jamaica," said Adam Stewart, CEO of ATL Automotive in applauding the appointment of Christopher 'Teach' McFarlane as president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC).

An avid motor racing enthusiast, Stewart said it is heartening and encouraging to see the baton being passed along to a true race-car driver.

"He knows what it is like to be out there on the track competing. He knows what it is like to win. But, more importantly, he knows the challenges faced by competitors, perhaps, more than anyone else associated with the sport in other forms. We hope that his years of experience will manifest in his leadership of the club which will see him raising the bar as it relates the level of professionalism amidst a fiercely competitive sport at the highest level," he said.

Stewart said it is time to harness the immense growth potential that lies in the sport.

"When ATL Automotive brought the Audi TT to Jamaica; that car driven by Doug Gore helped to change the motoring sport by pushing other drivers to improve the quality of the cars on the track, increasing the level of competitiveness and also giving fans something greater to look forward to between Dover's two biggest rivals," he added.

The Audi TT has not been on the track since an accident at the Dover Race Meet in May 2012.

"We know that fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the car and its driver Doug Gore, because they have been sorely missed. We allowed Doug to tease them with the Audi S5 in the B45 class at the Heroes of Speed Meet at Dover in October. Exciting times lie ahead as we bring the TT back into action, and we will start with JamWest in Westmoreland next month," he said.

Stewart said his company will continue to demonstrate its commitment to the development of the sport.

"Last year, we added Jamaica's most technically advanced Honda Civic to our racing line-up, and Natasha Chang did us proud by ending the season on a high note with a win in the MP1 class. We are doing our part as an automotive dealer by putting the best cars on the track. The onus is now on the JRDC to play its role by encouraging and maintaining a high level of professionalism as we grow the motor-racing sport in this country," he said.

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