Tuesday, February 28, 2017
VIDEO: Summerbell tops speed clash at DoverBY KESI ASHER
THOUSANDS came out to the Carnival of Speed Easter Monday race meet at the Dover Raceway in St Ann to witness the muscle and might of the Doug Gore-driven Audi TT DTM against the reliable Total-sponsored Mitsubishi Evolution 8 driven by David Summerbell Jr.
This match-up was one not to be missed, as this was Gore's much-anticipated debut in the ATL-sponsored Audi against track record-holder Summerbell Jr who despite the power of the DTM race car, maintained his position as "King" David, placing first in all his races.
"I had a great day; we were at our best considering the competition coming from Doug.
"I want to recognise my sponsors Total and my crew Garnette Johnson, Steven Gunter, Carl Gardener, Horatio Brown and the entire crew who supported me.
The Thundersport 2 race was the highlight of the day, with the heated Summerbell vs Gore rivalry taking full shape in what was undoubtedly the showdown of the day.
Going neck and neck for the entire race, with both Gore and Summerbell taking turns in the lead, spectators were frantic with anticipation.
This was a race of chance as both drivers gambled with the choice of tyres, given the rainy conditions on the day. Summerbell opted for slicks, while Gore chose rain tyres.
Had the conditions remained wet, Gore would have had the advantage, but as the track dried, David got the upper hand. The tyres on the Boom Energy Drink Audi became slippery and began to disintegrate, causing a major handicap for Gore.
With a final overtake and some intuitive driving, Summerbell Jr finished first, Gore second and Peter Rae third.
Summerbell Jr believes the Petcom-sponsored Audi is a magnificent car and Gore just needs some time in it.
"I think he needs a lot of feed time in the car. The Audi is completely opposite to the Evolution, which he has been driving for about 10 years," said Summerbell Jr.
Though finishing second, Gore's handling of the technologically advanced Audi was impressive and he showed great promise for bigger things to come, once he masters the very fast WATA-marked Audi around the corner- riddled Dover track.
The fast-paced driving required precision and skill to keep ahead of the track, and despite the teething pains of racing an entirely new car, Gore held his own.
"I had to get the jitters out of my system, especially with the jumping of the start, and I had to get the feel of the car. I came in second in the first race and the car was okay. I got some new tyres from Chris Campbell and the car felt really good.
"On the convoy run in the second MP4 race I told the guys on the radio I would go for it, and as I was about to go for it, Summerbell Jr tapped me on the side; anything like that just upset the car completely and it swerved onto the grass. Overall though it was a pretty good day," said Gore.
Staunch Dover supporter, Minister of Transport and Works Mike Henry was on hand and was confident about Gore's development in the Audi.
"My observations as a former driver is that it is important that a driver gets accustomed to his car. It will only improve once you're accustomed to the car...
"The person on pole moved well into position at the start of the race and Doug balanced his position with the car, but they are both great drivers," said Henry.
Henry, whose ministry contributed an overhead walking bridge at the track, was also pleased with the re-entry of ATL to motorsports and encouraged persons to be safe on the road.
Meanwhile, Christopher Campbell was out in full force and entered the ring fully equipped with his Fruta-sponsored BMW M3.
Campbell was a force to contend with, and though starting at the back of the grid in the first Modified Production 4 race due to powerless transponder, he ended the race in fifth position.
Alan Chen, past meet champion, lived up to expectations in the May Pen Ice Mazda RX7 as he held firm throughout his races and finished third behind Sumerbell Jr and Gore in the MP4 race 1.
Despite previous handling issues with the Mazda, Chen was on fire as he held firm against Peter "Zoom Zoom" Rae around the curves and turns of the track and blasted his way through in fine style.
"It was good; the handling issues are getting better. I'm still having a boost problem though and the tyres were running low. With just one set, I had to preserve them. I maintained momentum and turned down the power on the car so it was even more controllable," said Chen.
Team Brown's Town dominated the Bracket 37 race 2 with Nigel Edwards placing first in his Liquid Nitro VW GTI, Jerome Jones in a Speed Zone Auto VW Rabbit second and Troye Riley placing third in a Santastic Cable Honda CRX.
Troye Riley's driving was superb as he also copped first place in race 1, ahead of Raymond Donaldson and Sheldon Morgan.
The father and son combination of Kyle Gregg and 2010 JMMC Rally Champion Gary Gregg were on form in their races, with Kyle taking top spot in both Modified Production 2 races.
Similarly, Gary Gregg dominated both Modified Production 1 races with first-place finishes. The father and son team copped first and second place in the Thundersport 1 race, with the younger Gregg in front.
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