Doug Gore dethrones Summerbell at Dover

Doug Gore dethrones Summerbell at Dover

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Topics: Auto Racing, Sports

“The king is dead!” declared Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore in a television interview moments after claiming his second victory of the day and breaking the Dover Raceway track record at the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Independence of Speed two-day meet, which ended on August 7. An expression of sheer pleasure was etched on his face, his eyes dancing with delight after finally breaking arch-rival ‘King’ David Summerbell Jr.’s virtual monopoly on the sport.

Gore pushed his much-vaunted Audi TT-R DTM to its full potential while demonstrating his considerable progress in handling the machine. Fierce wheel to wheel action in the first MP3-MP4 (Modified Production) race saw Gore’s Audi and Summerbell’s Mitsubishi Evolution VIII (TA1) making contact near the chicane, resulting in an incident that left the Evo VIII with a busted lower control arm and the Audi with minor carbon fibre damage. Summerbell did not finish that race, and Gore battled to 4th place in a race won by Andre Anderson.

The Total team had the Evo up and running for the second MP3-MP4 race, but Gore managed to hold off a late charge by Summerbell to earn an impressive victory. Even more impressive was Gore’s victory in the Thundersport event, in which he erased Summerbell’s 2009 track record of 1:18.4 by posting 1:18.114. Gore’s triumph at this meet represents a major blow to the dominance and air of invincibility of Summerbell, the five-time Caribbean Motor Racing Champion. The on-the-track incident and braking issues may have affected Summerbell, but take nothing away from Doug Gore and the ATL Automotive Racing team, who finally had their day at Dover.

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