Richard Ste­wart Me­mo­rial Rally Ja­maica set for Nov 26-27

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer marc.stamp@glean­erjm.com

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.

BEST DRIV­ERS

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.

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