The cham­pi­onship re­sults for the 2016 rac­ing se­ries are:

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held it and, com­ing down to the first cor­ner at the end of the brak­ing zone, the two cars touched slightly,” Gore re­ported.

The pre-race driz­zle turned to a shower as Gore was now in his el­e­ment. Sum­mer­bell dropped out at cor­ner 3 with brak­ing prob­lems, gift­ing Gore the lead, with Speedy Gregg seething in sec­ond. Rae was nurs­ing worn tyres back in third.

Things came to boil af­ter the race as Gregg com­plained that Gore’s tac­tics were “to­tally un­called for dirty driv­ing”. He was not in a mood to lis­ten to any ex­pla­na­tion. “We got into a huge ar­gu­ment af­ter the race, a very heated one” Gregg said. The po­lice in­ter­vened to pre­vent the two from com­ing to blows.

Gore tried hard to ex­plain him­self, but tem­pers flared. “I said to him that I didn’t do it on pur­pose,” Gore said, ex­plain­ing that things es­ca­lated.

TEM­PERS COOLED

By Fri­day, tem­pers had cooled, with Gore hold­ing out the hand of friend­ship in the face of a protest lodged by the Gregg camp. “I wrote back an apol­ogy to his Dad, say­ing that a lot of things that were said should not have been said and that we all should just get along since we are rac­ing side by side in very high­pow­ered ve­hi­cles,” Gore of­fered.

What­ever hap­pens, it will not stop Gore from be­ing crowned Thun­der­sport 2 Cham­pion for Kyle Gregg lead­ing Doug Gore in a pre­vi­ous race at the Dover Race­way, St Ann. 2016. He copped two wins and a third place on the day, which was enough to place him at the top of the heap with 108 points. “Win­ning the Thun­der­sport Cham­pi­onship was a lot nicer for me. It is no more a two-car bat­tle; there are now three cars that can win at any time on any given day. It was very nice Mo­tor­cy­cle Class A - Mo­tor­cy­cle Class B - Bracket 45N - Bracket 45T - Bracket 39 - Bracket 35 - Bracket 29 - Im­proved Prod. - Mod­i­fied Prod. Class1 - Mod­i­fied Prod.Class 2 - Thun­der­sport Class 1 - Thun­der­sport Class 2 - Se­ries Driver Cham­pion - Se­ries Rider Cham­pion - Kyle Reynolds (108 points) Mario Woon (81 points) Cory Wal­ters (48 points) Pa­trick Patterson (52 points) Ce­cil Mun­roe (42 points) Brian Shor (116 points) Fraser McCon­nell (124 points) Gary Bar­rett (74 points) Ni­cholas Barnes (92 points) Wil­liam My­ers (82 points) Joslyn Craw­ford (14 points) Doug Gore (108 points) Fraser McCon­nell (124 points) Kyle Reynolds (108 points) to pull out that win, es­pe­cially tak­ing two out of three,” Gore said.

Fraser ‘Frazz’ McCon­nell ducked out of classes at board­ing school in Canada to se­cure the over­all driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship with 124 points. The 2015 cham­pion swept his ri­vals with a hat­trick of class vic­to­ries, se­cur­ing him the 2016 Dover Cir­cuit Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship. This means Frazz has cre­ated his­tory be­yond his young years by be­com­ing the first back-to-back driv­ing cham­pion at Dover.

EC­STATIC

“Last year it felt ec­static, es­pe­cially since we weren’t ex­pected to win, and com­ing back this year with a com­pletely new car and ev­ery­thing and to win again we just can’t de­scribe the feel­ing,” an over­joyed McCon­nell said.

He came into the meet know­ing that there was lit­tle to no room for er­ror. McCon­nell said he had ev­ery race planned and man­aged to qual­ify on pole to give him a shot at max­i­mum points for the day.

As ex­pected, the ‘Young Guns’ of Fraser McCon­nell, Ni­cholas Barnes and Wil­liam My­ers put on a strong show. Barnes and My­ers won the Mod­i­fied Pro­duc­tion 1 and 2 cat­e­gories re­spec­tively.

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Doug ‘Hol­ly­wood’ Gore

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