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Action returns to raceway on Monday

Friday, August 03, 2018

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DOVER Raceway in St Ann will once again roar back to life with Monday's Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC)/Total Lubricants Independence of Speed meet.

The penultimate outing, will however, be missing one of the island's top drivers in Doug “Hollywood” Gore.

Gore is serving a one-meet ban after being reprimanded and fined US$1,000 by Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) for an incident at the 2018 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship Round 2 in Trinidad and Tobago on June 24.

According to the JMMC, Gore threatened another racer and “assaulted his vehicle” at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway in the twin-island republic. Gore will also have to complete two of five mandatory community service projects before he can be allowed to race in October.

“We will be ready for October as I need to be able to race to show my sponsors that the KIA is good, can win, and we'll aim for the championship next year,” Gore told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

He was unwilling to speak about the incident.

Monique Gibbs, JRDC director, said the meet promises to be an exciting one for racers and spectators.

“In Thundersport, even though we're not having Gore, Andre Anderson Jr will be there to take on the radicals being driven by Kyle Gregg and David Summerbell Jr. Peter Rae is also coming out to excite, so it's going to be awesome car racing,” she said.

The director said she expects all the other classes to step up to the plate.

“This is where every championship point really matters,” she said.

Gibbs said young guns Matthew Lee, Demar Lee, Allan Gordon in the Improved Production class are expected to flex their muscles against veterans like Sebastien Rae. In Modified Production, William Myers, who has been the class standard, is expected to bring the fight to Nicholas Barnes, Ian Wright and Peter Jaggon. In the motorcycle segment, the battle between Kyle Reynolds and Linton Martin should also continue to excite.

Defending champion Kyle Gregg said he has all intentions of retaining his title and staving off the challenge of David Summerbell Jr.

“All is well with the car. We have done what we could do to lighten the car. I don't think Doug would have been competitive even if he was to race this meet, as he still needs seat time,” Gregg said.

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