From motorsports writer Dean Corrodus
Photos by Shane & Omar Munroe
To say that racing at Dover is exciting is to do it an injustice. From the excitement of testing and tuning in the rain in the days preceding the two day Caribbean Motor Racing Championship Round 1 held on May 24 & 25, to the thrills and spills, the impressive lap times, a new lap record being set, the Minister of Sport and Culture flying in to the event with President of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club Hilary Jardine on board with his broken foot in an army helicopter that landed on the track, the Lime key mound on the infield, the beautiful young ladies promoting various sponsor’s items, the variety of mouth watering dishes, the music, the sun…….Dover raceway was certainly the place to be, but if you couldn’t make it, the event was streamed live on the internet for a worldwide audience on the Jamaica Race Drivers Club website at www.jrdc.org.
Left to right: Minister of Sport & Culture Hon. Olivia Grange with JRDC President Hilary Jardine;
Mark Maloney, David Summerbell & Douglas Gore and a section of the crowd.
David Summerbell of Jamaica driving his Motor Sales & Service Ltd/Flow/AMS Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII triumphed in emphatic fashion on the weekend, not only bettering his own track record, but also winning the three Caribbean Motor Racing Championship races to lead the 2009 charge with a maximum 30 points. Defending champion Stuart Maloney of Barbados in his Automotive Art Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI finished in second place in two of the races and fourth in another to emerge in second place overall, with brother Mark Maloney in third place in race one driving the Red Bull Mazda RX3, a crowd favorite and again arguably the sweetest sounding car on the track, going through its close ratio sequential gearbox while spitting huge sheets of flame from its side exit exhaust. Mark was to finish 2nd in the 2nd CMRC race and 5th in the final race with a punctured tyre.
L –R: Stuart Maloney, Mark Maloney & Christopher Campbell.
In the build up to the races there was a lot of speculation as to the times and records expected to be broken, but in the end it was “King” David who retained his crown on home turf, with the 2007 champion Douglas “Hollywood” Gore suffering multiple problems, and another Doug, Maloney of Barbados this time and father of Stuart and Mark, also suffering engine damage in practice before the event. The Jamaican team was rounded out by Chris Campbell in the Campbell’s Wholesale Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV, who finished 6th in race 1 and 3rd in race 3, with Jamaica’s Peter “Bull” Thompson in his E10 Mazda RX7 turbo fourth in both the first and second CMRC race.
In the very competitive IP races, it was Neil Gore driving the Motor Sales & Service Ltd/Slam Condoms/ Sherwin Williams Paints/ Guardian Asset Management/Boomerang Tyre Sales/Spinal Cord Foundation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X who won race 1 in the IP27 class, followed by team mate Guy Fraser in the Team Mobay Racing/ Guardian Asset Management Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI and Maurice Whittingham in the Maurice’s gas & Appliances/Montego Bay Motoring Club Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II, while in race 2 it was Gary Williams in the newly repainted black and white Team Mobay Racing/Slowboy Racing/Sunoco Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI who crossed the finish line first ahead of Gore and Teddy Burton in the MAD/Uncle Clem’s Meats Honda Civic turbo.
Class IP33 saw Gary Barrett from the Cayman Islands driving his Honda Civic take 1st place, with Glenford Bowla in the D&B Auto repairs/Track Price Plus BMW M3 in 2nd and Dwayne Rowe in the Crawle Industrial Garage turbo-charged Toyota Starlet in 3rd. In race 2 it was Alan Chen driving the Allied Construction /A1 Equipment/ Sexy Princess turbocharged Toyota Corolla SR5 who crossed the finish line first ahead of Dean Corrodus in the Team Mobay Racing/Kumho Tyres/Automotive Performance Centre/Horse P Racing Honda Civic Type R after an entertaining and close race-long battle, with Horse P racing’s Christopher “Orange” Wright shadowing them for third.
In IP37, Brian Foster in the Horse P Racing/Vector Engineering/Sherwin Williams Paints/Ultra 2000 Honda Civic came out on top in race 1, followed by Nigel Edwards in the turbo-charged Speed Zone Auto VW Golf GTi and Dean Corrodus in the Kumho Tyres/Performance Centre Honda Civic Type R in third, having started from the back and crossed the finish line first, but was demoted to third place by a breakout penalty. The same was to happen to Corrodus again in the second race, as a charge from last place on the grid again netted him a breakout penalty having crossed the line first. The race win was taken by Rohan Clarke of Team Xpress racing in his Nissan Pulsar with Nigel Edwards again in 2nd place and Challenger Auto Service Centre’s Ivan Lee in 3rd in a Toyota Corolla SR5.
In the Modified Production classes, Maurice Whittingham in the Maurice’s Gas & Appliances/ Montego Bay Motoring Club Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II won race 1 followed by Peter Rae in the A&A Vulcanizing/Rae Tech Auto Mazda RX7 and David Anderson in the Quik Money Cash Transfer/Hilton Kingston Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI in 3rd place. In race 2 the lone finisher was Peter Rae.
The MP 2 class saw Alan Chen lead Teddy Burton and Dean Corrodus across the line, while in the second race it was Chen again closely followed by Burton and Kris Bowla in the D&B Auto Repairs BMW M3 who finished on the podium after the race was red flagged due to an accident involving a number of cars at the entrance to the pit lane. Chen was awarded overall champion of the race meet at the awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Tuesday evening.
Defending MP1 class champion and 2008 Overall Dover circuit racing champion Gary Barrett stamped his authority immediately in the first MP1 class race, taking the win from Brian Foster (Horse P racing/Vector Engineering/Sherwin Williams paints Honda Civic) and Noel Golding Jr. driving a Geo Metro.
In race 2 it was debutant Kyle Gregg in the BD Gregg Honda Civic that had a maiden victory, with Gary Barrett and Brian Foster in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The IP45 class for street cars was the domain of defending champion Raymond Donaldson in the HS Energy/ Team Myzery Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII, taking victory in race 1 over Chressmore “Bolt” White in the Autosource Mitsubishi Lancer Station Wagon and Kirk Diaz in the Anderson Auto/Auto Source Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII. Race 2 was much the same for Donaldson, with Diaz 2nd and Nigel Thomas third in the Wilson’s Hardware/Angelo’s Customs Auto Mitsubishi Lancer to make it an all Mitsubishi affair in the class.
L-R: Chen, Rodney and Blake.
In the two wheeled department, champion rider Stephan Chin rode away with the victory in the three motorcycle races run on his Holey Bulla sponsored Honda CBR 600RR machine, with Adrian Blake on Greased Lightning Products Honda RR 2nd in race 1 and 3rd in race 3. Halquin Rodney on the Cabotine Boutique/All Signs/Wheels Used Parts “Money Bike” placed 2nd in races 2 and 3, while the other podium finisher was Brook Miller on the VP Race Fuels/Bridgestone/ Mix 96.9 FM Suzuki 650 who was 3rd in race 2.
Chris Campbell scored his maiden victory at Dover Raceway in the Thundersport Race 1, driving the Campbell’s Wholesale Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV, with Gary Williams and Doug Gore in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Campbell has shown great potential since his debut last year and it was only a matter of time before he secured his first win.
Round 2 of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships will take place at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on August and the third and final round will be flagged off at the South Dakota Circuit in Guyana in November. Look to see the Guyanese team join the fray after having missed round one of the championship due to mechanical maladies as well as top Barbadian driver Roger Mayers in a potent Ford Focus circuit car that currently holds the lap record in Barbados.
For further information, call Daneisha Morgan at the Jamaica Race Driver’s Club office at 924-JRDC or visit the club’s website at www.jrdc.org.
Below are photos from the Dover Caribbean Invasion race meet. The event was organized by The Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC). The highlights of the event included the first leg of the Caribbean Circuit Racing Championship. David Summerbell was the star of the day as he took top honours in the CCRC races. For photos from qualifying and practice please click here.