Gore down, but not out

Friday, April 06, 2018

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THE much-heralded return of Douglas “Hollywood” Gore to circuit racing suffered a huge blow as his new Kia Rio racing car suffered catastrophic engine failure during pre-event testing at Dover Raceway in St Ann on Sunday.

“It's one of the worst feelings that a race car driver can experience. Not only was I disappointed, but to have disappointed my fans and sponsors added to the situation, as these are the people that push you to race in the first place,” Gore told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

The engine is on its way back to its European builders for a full rebuild. However, Gore admitted that the rush to get the car ready was partly the overall cause for the failure.

“We had rushed to get the car here in time for the Kia launch (on March 10) and then spent the rest of the time trying to get it to work,” he said.

He said the car showed its prowess in a straight line once it hit the track, but kept pulling to the left under braking. It was this that caused him to spin, breaking a rim which then allowed a hot rotor to make contact with the dry grass underneath it. The result was a small fire that caused what the team thought was cosmetic damage.

“We were able to determine that the rear alignment was out by 10 degrees,” he said.

With the problem now solved, Gore took the Kia out for what he felt was a lap that confirmed his faith in the racing car.

“I said to myself this car is going to be really fast. My data logger was showing speeds of up to 130mph,” he said.

The next lap, the timing and accessory belts snapped. It was later discovered they'd been damaged by the fire.

“I'm not going to rush for JamWest. We sent the engine and data with it back to builders. Whenever it gets back the team and I will take the time out for proper testing.”

— Rory Daley

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