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RC final a success

Friday, September 01, 2017

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The JAMROCK Remote Control Car Club's (JRRCCC) third annual Caribbean Invitational meet at Sovereign on the Boulevard in St Andrew recently was a success, according to club president Denise Clarke.

“The meet went very well this year. The weather held up, so that was very good for us and the competition was very high as well, which the club always welcomes to allow us to test ourselves locally. There was a very good turnout, a very good event, a success,” she told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Last year the final was rained out. However, this year wasn't without incident.

“We unfortunately didn't have enough entries for the 1:8 scale All-wheel drive Open class, and due to the fact that the airline that used to have direct flights from Kingston to Curacao no longer does so, the expense for us to go there, and them to come here to compete, was too much for this year,” she said.

There still was an international contingent consisting of five entries: one each from the United States and Cayman Islands, and three from Trinidad & Tobago; and the remaining three classes, 1:10 scale Nitro Sedan, 1:8 scale Nitro GT and 1:10 scale Electric Touring, were very competitive for all involved.

Jamaica brought home victory in two of the classes as Lascelles Ellis and Michael Clarke won 1:10 scale Nitro Sedan and 1:10 scale Electric Touring, respectively. Andy Debique from Trinidad & Tobago halted Jamaica's clean sweep of the top spots, holding off Douglas Grey for 1:8 scale Nitro honours.

For Debique, this was his second time in Jamaica for the Caribbean Invitational, having raced in 2015.

“I'm enjoying it. It was fun, really, really good. The excitement, the competition, the camaraderie that's what keeps me coming back,” Debique said.

He said the RC scene in Trinidad & Tobago is similar to that of Jamaica, but without a permanent track.

Clarke said the JRRCCC is already looking ahead to 2018.

“We've always asked the various competitors, coming from their various locations, especially the United States, what their thoughts are and how they think our racing is. They've given us some constructive criticisms and so we will follow through with them to improve our racing experience,” she said.

— Rory Daley

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