Dirt Splurt on Sunday

Observer writer

Friday, September 28, 2018

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DEXERITY series Asphalt Assault heads to the Tru-Juice Orchards in Bog Walk, St Catherine, on Sunday. The event, dubbed Dirt Splurt, will be hosted by TeamStreetz Jamaica.

“We're expecting a strong turnout like all our previous events this year,” Christopher James of TeamStreetz Jamaica told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

James said that despite the inclement weather over the past few weeks, which would have impacted the gravel surface of the venue, everything has been prepared.

“Patrons should expect some excitement,” he said.

With TeamStreetz Jamaica assuming the reins to run the dexterity series from the Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) from December 2017, they have managed to revive what was considered a dying genre and have been upgrading their organisational skills to cope with the growth. Sunday's event will be the fourth for the year and TeamStreetz's fifth event ever.

James said lessons learnt will carry over to Asphalt Assault: Dirt Splurt on Sunday, beginning with their new timing gear. At the last event they premiered the use of electronic timing equipment which facilitated a faster processing of competitors' times and offered a higher degree of accuracy.

“The electronic timing means we no longer have to wait for the calculation from hand timing, making things move faster. And given how close some of the competitors are, hand timing just can't give us the real difference in lap times we need.”

Dexterities thrive on the show up and race mode of operation. However, TeamStreetz Jamaica have made a significant change to ensure their events run smoothly by splitting the classes into amateurs and professionals.

“This way the amateur drivers can compare their times against the professionals, but then can get out of their car and watch the excitement of the professionals,” James explained.

The prize fund has been adjusted. Instead of $50,000 and four Falken tyres for the overall winner, it will now be $20,000 and the tyres for the overall winner, with second place getting $10,000.

Joel Jackson won the last event held at Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston in July. He is one of several drivers taking the challenge on Sunday.

“I'll be driving my Subaru Impressa STI road car because of the dirt surface; the four-wheel drive will serve me better than the Nissan Silva that I used at the last event,” he said.

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