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Strong finale for the Streetz

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer

Friday, December 14, 2018

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AFTER six events and a year of Asphalt Assault dexterity series, organisers Team Streetz Jamaica are looking towards an even stronger 2019.

Their ambitions are based on a strong season finale held at the Advanced Driver Training Centre, Lakes Pen in St Catherine last Sunday.

“It was an exceptional event with a very strong turnout of 37 entries and a very strong spectator turnout despite competing activities like the Jamaica Auto Auction,” Christopher James of Team Streetz told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

In December of 2017, the Christian-based motorsports club decided to try their hand at organising events and was able to secure running the defunct dexterity series, then handled by the Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC). Since then, they've managed to revive what was considered a dead genre on this side of the island.

“Taking up the dexterity series confirmed what I've always suspected; there are a lot of real drivers out there who want to drive their cars and develop their skills,” he said.

James added that the key to their success has been teamwork, a passion for motorsports and the ability to learn from each event. For 2019, Team Streetz plans to continue on the same path of bigger and better dexterities.

“We want to build on the club challenge to have more clubs and groups take part. The Subaru Owners' Club of Jamaica has already committed to sponsoring its members for the 2019 season. We'd love to see more groups taking driver development of their members seriously.”

Last Sunday's Asphalt Assault saw a significant switch in venue.

“The feedback so far from everyone is that it was a spectacular event. Drivers loved the blend of surfaces and spectators loved the ding-dong competition all day, especially the rookie Darren Givans battling the veteran Christopher 'Teach' McFarlane for the fastest of the day.”

At the close of the event, it was McFarlane visiting from Barbados after securing his fourth consecutive Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Autocross Championship.

“It was fantastic to win. It really closes off a great year of competition in Barbados with a solid and dominant win back home against some of our top drivers.”

McFarlane said he had no plans to continue to compete locally as his presence at the event was simply a matter of his busy work schedule placing him in the island at the time of the dexterity.


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