MOTORSPORTS:(SUB DECK) Gore rips competition with super fast Audi at Emancipation meetPaul ClarkeGleaner WriterWESTERN BUREAU:Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore was back to his supreme best at Sunday’s Emancipation of Speed racemeet at Jamwest Speedway in Negril.He blew away all challenges in the three Thundersport Two Championship races – with his Audi DTM in tip-top shape – making the respective trips look like a stroll on a windy Sunday afternoon.Gore was pleased with the performance of his purpose built race car. He also had glowing words for the track, while looking forward to breaking the record.”The track and this car complements well. When we rebuilt the car after the last crash we knew we would have to come to Jamwest and this car would be very fast, especially with all the aerodynamics built into it,” Gore said.”Cornering with this car is great at high speed. It is built for the speed. The improvements done to the car makes it really better than before,” he added.Gore was in a no-nonsense mood from the onset, posting 1:07.28 in qualifying, a full three seconds faster than nemesis David Summerbell Jr. in his Evolution Eight.Summerbell logged 1:10.03 seconds, with Chris Campbell third in 1:11.45 seconds.Summerbell was not at his best as he had to contend with low power output from his car, which only made him good enough for three fourth place finishes behind Gore in the Thundersport Two events.Summerbell told The Gleaner that while he was happy to have gotten some points towards his TS2 championship title chase, he was frustrated, because he could not really challenge his competitors owing to the problems with his car.No Summerbell, no problem for Gore and he let loose in his first race of the meet, taking the chequered flag in 1:08.73 seconds. Campbell, racing his power-packed BMW M3, grabbed second place in 1:10.25. Heath Ca swell was third in his Subaru Impreza, timed at 1:12.73 seconds and Summerbell a disappointing fourth in 1:12.46.Gore was equally devastating in the second Thundersport Two race, thrilling the fans to once again take the flag ahead of Campbell in a smart 1:08.64 seconds. Campbell returned a time of 1:10.41, with Peter Rae copping third place in his Mazda RX7.As expected, Gore ripped to threads the other aspirants in the third Thundersport race, posting 1:08.73 to take the chequered flag. Again, Campbell had to settle for second in 1:10.25, with Causwell in third and Summerbell fourth.”Jamwest is a great location and if we had the full complement that raced at Dover here it would make it more interesting. This track is world class. I have a fast car and it’s just eating up the track. I am happy with the results,” Gore said.Alan Chen and Jordan Powell shared honours in TS1. Akeel Shorter and Dean Shaw bagged the Modified Production Two top places in the two races. Jordan Powell took all three Modified Production One races, Gary Barrett won all three IP races, Dean Corrodus took the two completed B14 races, while Andrew Delapenha, Samantha Summerbell and Fraser McConnell battled for top honours in the B18 races. Delapenha took all three, while Summerbell bagged two second place finishes and McConnell had one second place finish. Brian Shorter ran away with all three B23 races.Nine bikers graced the track in MCA and MCB race categories. MCA had three winners in Kyle Reynolds, Halquin Rodney and David Bell, with Richards getting two wins. Linton Martin copped all four MCB races after battling Andre Richards and Xavier Osbourne in some close encounters.
0Shares0000Isco and Aleksandr Golovin have been standout performers for their countries in Russia © AFP/File / Franck FIFE, Pierre-Philippe MARCOUMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Hosts Russia must rebound quickly for Sunday’s World Cup last 16 clash with Spain, the 2010 champions who have slipped under the radar after a tumultuous start to the tournament.Resounding wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt elevated expectations for Stanislav Cherchesov’s side before they were dealt a dose of reality in a 3-0 loss to Uruguay. Dismissed as no-hopers little over a fortnight ago, Russia will try to get back onboard a wave of national euphoria and pull off what striker Artem Dzyuba called a “minor miracle”.They make their first World Cup knockout stage appearance in the post-Soviet era as the ultimate underdogs.While Russia arrived at the finals winless in eight months before finding some badly-needed form, one of their better results in that period came in a 3-3 draw with Spain last November.For Sergei Ignashevich, one of three holdovers from the Russia side that lost to Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2008, there are no secrets about their upcoming opponents.“Spain plays the same style as in previous years,” said the 38-year-old defender.“Spanish defenders play very high leaving spaces that a counter-attacking team can use. This is probably their only weak spot if they have any.”Russia will return to the Luzhniki Stadium, having played their opening match at the iconic venue, and will lean on fervent support to go in search of a famous win.“The fact that the game will be at Luzhniki Stadium with almost 80,000 people supporting us is probably the only good consequence from the fact we finished second in our group,” said Ignashevich.Midfielder Alan Dzagoev has rejoined the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury, but Igor Smolnikov is suspended following his red card against Uruguay.– Errors proving costly –Spain have not lost a match since Euro 2016, although they have looked far from convincing after the chaos that saw coach Julen Lopetegui sacked before their first game.They needed a last-gasp equaliser from Iago Aspas in a 2-2 draw with Morocco to pip Portugal to top spot in Group B, and are battling to fix a leaky defence.“We have to get better, we haven’t produced our best football,” said Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.“The most important thing for us is to set up well for the Russia game. We’re not playing 11 Russians, we’re up against thousands of Russians in a full stadium.”Despite a centre-back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, Spain have conceded five goals in three games with goalkeeper David de Gea looking a shadow of his usual self.No team in recent memory that has gone on to lift the trophy has conceded more than four goals, a statistic not lost on right-back Dani Carvajal.“We’ve got to cut down on the defensive mistakes,” said Carvajal. “We’ve made it far too easy for opponents to score against us, which they’ve done more because of our errors than their brilliance.”Fernando Hierro, the former Spain defender who took over from Lopetegui, hammered home that same point after the Morocco game.He must hope the message belatedly gets through in time for their encounter with the tournament’s joint-second highest scorers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)