High stakes at Heroes of Speed

High stakes at Heroes of Speed

Written by Editor

Topics: Auto Racing, Sports

Jamaica Race Drivers’ Club (JRDC) president Hilary Jardine has declared that the upcoming “Heroes of Speed” event on October 17 (Heroes’ Day) will be one of the most exciting race meets ever staged, and with good reason. The intense rivalry between ace drivers David Summerbell Jr. and Doug Gore will again take centre stage, as both men have something to prove and will be going all out on the track.

David and Doug shake hands ahead of Heroes of Speed 2011

Doug Gore famously upset Summerbell at the last race meet in August (Independence of Speed), taking the Dover track record in the process, and is keen on proving that this was no flash in the pan. Gore clearly has his sights set on ushering in the age of Audi domination en route to establishing his own personal “Hollywood” dynasty at Dover.

But what’s a king without a crown? Summerbell is hungry to regain his place at the top of the hill and, by his own admission, is more motivated than ever. He also wants the track record back and will be looking to restore the Mitsubishi Evolution status quo when he gets behind the wheel at Dover.

Chris “Bossie” Campbell

The two top racers have been busy harvesting more speed from their rides, but if Chris Campbell has his way, the Heroes of Speed race meet will not be a two-man race. According to the Shell October Events Preview by Dean Corrodus, the fuel delivery and suspension issues that afflicted Campbell’s BMW M3 have been sorted out and he has reportedly attained 143mph at the end of the front straight even with wheel-spin, faster than any other car known or recorded at that point.

Adding to the plot at Heroes of Speed is Kyle “Speedy” Greg’s march towards capturing the overall driving title. Race car driver and Dover broadcast commentator Michelle Laidlaw is also set to make her debut as the first female motor bike racer at Dover.

L-R: David Summerbell Jr., Michelle Laidlaw and Doug Gore

Jason Flynn (left), President of the Jamaica Circuit Bike Association, chats with Hilary Jardine (right), President of the Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC).

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