Richard Stewart Memorial Rally Jamaica set for Nov 26-27
DESPITE LOSING its international tag, the Richard Stewart Memorial Rally Jamaica remains highly anticipated and is expected to be very competitive when the engines get started on November 26-27 at the TruJuice property in Bog Walk, St Catherine.
The Rally Jamaica motor racing event was originally scheduled to be the final leg of the FIANACAM regional but that was withdrawn due to challenges.
“We had some problems and challenges in staging the FIANACAM final leg here this year. We are back to just a local event,” Lawrence Henriques, organiser of Rally Jamaica, disclosed during the event’s launch yesterday at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
“However, we are hoping to again have a competitive meet mainly among some top local drivers,” he also said.
With regards to the staging of the event at Tru-Juice, Henriques assured that all is in place.
“We ran two events there this year, so we know what to do,” he shared.
This was my grandpa’s favourite event, so it is good that it is named in his memory. This is a sport that brings people together. I want to see the event expanded.
The event is expected to have some of Jamaica’s best drivers competing for main honours, among them are last year’s JN8 Class champions Joel Jackson and Dmitri Dawkins.
“We won the JN8 class last year, so with that being the top one this year, it will be difficult. However, we have a good chance,” Jackson told The Gleaner.
He also had special praises for sponsors Jetcon Cars and P and L Racing for backing his team.
Timothy Stewart, brand sales manager, Suzuki Division of Stewart’s Auto Sales Limited, was happy that the rally was named in memory of his late grandfather.
“This was my grandpa’s favourite event, so it is good that it is named in his memory. This is a sport that brings people together. I want to see the event expanded,” added Stewart, who will be a competitor at the Rally Jamaica.