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Day Of Hat-Tricks

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer

Friday, August 11, 2017

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IT was day of hat-tricks at Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Total Lubricants Independence of Speed at Dover Raceway in St Ann on Monday.

Kyle Gregg, Fraser McConnell, Colin Daley Jr, Gary Barrett and Charles Phillipps all registered three wins each in the Thundersport, MP2, MP1, MP3, and Bracket 35, respectively.

Biker Kai Watson won all three Motorcycle Class B races.

“The event met all expectations competition-wise and we were especially happy about the turnout. Right now, we're just looking foward to moving with all this momentum for the Heroes' Day meet,” said Monique Gibbs, JRDC president.

In the battle of the Radicals, Gregg got the better of his rival David Summerbell Jr.

“It feels good as it's been a while since I've won all three races of the day,” Gregg told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

He admitted the wins didn't come easily, especially the last race when Summerbell Jr — in his recently purchased Radical SR8 — passed him, forcing a dogfight to regain the lead.

“They were definitely the hardest races I've ever had at Dover. Each race, myself and David was separated by barely a car length,” he explained.

Gregg said he never underestimated Summerbell Jr's SR8.

“I knew David would be fast because the SR8, even though it has 300 cc less displacement than my Radical RXC, it's some 500 pounds lighter,” he said.

Beyond the closeness of the battle, it was made even more exciting by the lap times being achieved by both men, especially Summerbell Jr as he was still in the familiarisation process with the Radical SR8.

“I was a little disappointed in not winning the last race of the day,” he told Auto.

“It's a completely different experience to the Evolution. You're smaller and lower so it makes everything look bigger. I'm looking at the tyres of the regular race cars next to me,” he continued.

Other than the occasional bit of debris bouncing off his helmet due to the car's open cockpit design, he had nothing but praise for it.

“It's so reliable, doing 10,500 rpm all day with no effort, like a little sewing machine,” Summerbell Jr added.

For the rest of the day races were close. Kyle Reynolds took two Motorcycle Class A races with the third going to Pedroli Gianmaria. Leroy Spence and Ricardo Campbell won a Bracket 45N race each. Nigel Wilmot and Patrick Patterson did the same in Bracket 45T. It was double victory for Brian Shor in Bracket 29 as Nicholas Barnes won the third race. Phillipps had a clean sweep too in Bracket 35, as Robin Sutherland took two races in Bracket 39.

The young guns fight in the Modified Production classes was just as exciting. McConnell came out ahead of his MP2 rival William Myers. Newcomer Daley Jr made an instant impact against the MP1 class veterans, putting on a clean sweep of his three outings, as well as Barrett in the MP3 category.

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