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.
The annual general meeting of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association will be held today at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston. Start time is 5 p.m.President Dr Warren Blake and his executive will oversee the country’s track and field for another four years as at the closing date for nominations for executive positions two weeks ago, there was no challenge to Blake’s slate of candidates.Long-time general secretary, Charlemont High principal Garth Gayle, announced that only one slate had been nominated.Gayle strongly supported Blake in his recent interview with The Gleaner, stating that the current president had done very well during his time in charge.”My president has done a great job over the years as Jamaica has had its best performances under his stewardship in track and field. At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2012, the country was second overall of 212 federations while at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro it was another great performance by Jamaican athletes,” said Gayle when asked why no one was willing to challenge Blake for the presidency.While a majority of the present executive members are expected to remain, there could be changes among the vice-presidents. Second vice-president Ian Forbes, the only successful candidate on the slate that challenged Blake four years ago, is tipped to move up to first vice-president replacing Dave Myrie, who is not expected to seek re-election.
1 Patrick Vieira has been appointed head coach of Manchester City’s sister club New York City FC.The former Arsenal star has signed a three-year contract with the MLS side and will officially take up the role on January 1.Vieira has departed his post as head of the elite development squad at Manchester City as he prepares to take on his first managerial job.He had been in the position since June 2013, while he previously served City as their football development executive for two years.Vieira will replace Jason Kreis at the helm of New York City FC and takes over a star-studded squad, which includes Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa.The 39-year-old will travel to New York on Tuesday to meet his playing squad and to hold talks with sporting director Claudio Reyna and goalkeeping coach Rob Vartughian.“I am delighted to take up the role of Head Coach of New York City FC,” said Vieira.“To work with this squad, with Claudio Reyna and Rob Vartughian and the fantastic support team that is in place is an exciting prospect for any coach. “I would also like to thank everyone at Manchester City and most of all Brian Marwood, my coaching and support team and of course the wonderful young men who make up the Elite Development Squad, for all of their support and commitment and for making my time here so stimulating and enjoyable. “They are good footballers and good people and I know that they will continue to go from strength to strength in their careers.” Patrick Vieira