Summerbell runs Dover

Despite the challenging
situation the island nation of Jamaica is presently undergoing, the Jamaica
Race Driver’s Club pulled off a successful first leg of the Caribbean Motor
Racing Championship titled “Caribbean Invasion 2010.”

A massive crowd turned out
on Monday May 24 to witness some of the most powerful circuit racing cars in
the English-speaking Caribbean grace the 1.6 mile track. The man of the meet
was undoubtedly Jamaican David Summerbell who put his best foot forward in the
defense of his 2009 Caribbean Motor Racing Championship. Behind the wheel of
his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 Summerbell captured pole position, winning
four races and finishing second in a thrilling, seven lap finale.

Mark Maloney of Barbados
driving the Mazda RX3 put up the best challenge to the Jamaican contingent when
he posted the second fastest qualifying time of 1 min. 22.588 secs. However he
was run out of first place on more than one occasion by Summerbell. As for the
other competing countries, Guyana’s Kevin Jeffrey drove his Mitsubishi Lancer
Evolution 8 to third place in one race. Countryman Mark Vieira ran his Mazda
RX8 to a podium finish after a challenging weekend in Jamaica.

The only Cayman Islands
driver of note was Gary “Rambo” Barrett. Behind the wheel of a 1999 Honda Civic
Type R, Rambo placed second in one race and eighth in another. Tedroy Burton,
who drives a Honda Civic sponsored by Cayman companies Murray’s Auto
Development, Uncle Clem’s Meats and Superior Auto Parts won one race and came
third in another.

Among the more notable
Jamaican drivers was Team Mobay Racing’s Douglas “Hollywood” Gore (who had
switched cars to his Evolution 5, when his other car, the Lancer Evolution 10,
had developed clutch problems). Peter Rae in his RX-7 was also in contention in
most races. Special mention goes to Kyle Gregg (son of rally legend Gary Gregg)
in the Honda Civic who secured pole position in two classes and won three
races. He came third on the last lap of one race after leading from the start
and suffering a flat tire.

A new track record was set for motorcycles when Canadian
resident Kevin Graham powered his Yamaha R6 to a time of one minute and 22.935
seconds. Graham won two races with Guyana’s Stephen Vieira taking his Suzuki
GSX R600 to a win. Jamaican Dwight Smart won three races on his 2007 Kawasaki
Ninja.

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