Jamaica Gleaner

DOVER LOCK-OUT ... Ac­tion taken over un­paid fees

- Glen­roy Sin­clair As­sign­ment Co­or­di­na­tor

A‘NO Tres­pass­ing’ sign has been placed on the gate that leads to the en­trances of Dover Race­way, St Ann. It is a clear in­di­ca­tion that cir­cuit rac­ing at the is­land’s renowned mo­tor sport fa­cil­ity has been sus­pended un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Au­to­mo­tives has been told that the is­sue of the rental and sale of the more than 60-acre prop­erty has resur­faced, this time re­sult­ing in the trustee in bank­ruptcy af­fix­ing the sign to the en­trances due to the non-pay­ment of out­stand­ing fees.

It is a move that has af­fected the Ja­maica Race Driv­ers’ Club (JRDC) neg­a­tively. The group has long been pro­mot­ing cir­cuit rac­ing at the anti-clock­wise, 1.6mile track.

“I don’t know how much money is ow­ing, but we will be meet­ing with the trustee in bank­ruptcy Mon­day af­ter­noon (to­mor­row) to get some more de­tails,” Ju­nior Lin­coln, one of the found­ing own­ers of the Dover

Race­way, told Au­to­mo­tives on Fri­day.

A phi­lan­thropist, who was re­cently com­mended by the Bri­tish Royal Fam­ily for his pi­o­neer­ing work and con­tri­bu­tion to ef­forts to re­lieve hunger world­wide, Lin­coln coowns the fa­cil­ity with Richard ‘Dickie’ Craw­ford and the late Al­fred Chen, now rep­re­sented by his widow Keisha Chen and chil­dren. Prior to the death of Chen in 2000, con­tro­versy arose over the run­ning of the track, and the mat­ter was taken be­fore the courts.

“I was the one who took Al­fred (Chen) to court,” said Lin­coln, who has been in­sist­ing that the prop­erty must be sold so he can re­trieve the money he in­vested. “There is a lot of money ow­ing on the prop­erty and we just want to put it up for sale now be­cause I need my money,” de­manded Lin­coln. He said he would love to see cir­cuit rac­ing con­tinue at Dover be­cause that was the pur­pose for which it was built.

When con­tacted on Fri­day, pres­i­dent of the JRDC, Charles Chen, con­firmed that the club is in ar­rears with pay­ments on the rental and lease of Dover. “Yes, we are in ar­rears, but we are cur­rently in dis­cus­sion with the trustee in bank­ruptcy, and un­til that is com­pleted, there is noth­ing much I can say,” Chen said.

Still, some driv­ers are al­ready look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Dover for the He­roes Week­end race meet in Oc­to­ber af­ter the In­de­pen­dence meet was held at Jamwest Speed­way, West­more­land, last week­end.

Doug Gore re­turned in style at that meet, dom­i­nat­ing with his new-look Audi TT. How­ever, his long-time ri­val, David Sum­mer­bell, is al­ready look­ing to­wards ex­act­ing some vengeance. “He drew first blood, but I will be back,” said Sum­mer­bell, who ex­plained that his Mit­subishi Evo­lu­tion 8 had lost power through­out the meet, so he was un­able to chal­lenge Gore ef­fec­tively.

Another com­peti­tor, Peter Rae, has al­ready be­gun pre­par­ing to ef­fect re­pairs to his Mazda RX-7’s en­gine in an ef­fort to stop the un­beat­able-look­ing Gore. “This will all de­pend on where the next race meet will be held,” said Rae.

Look­ing back at last week’s meet, Gore, re­fer­ring to him­self, said: “‘Hol­ly­wood’ is back. The Jamwest track com­ple­ments this car, but I know it will be a lit­tle tougher at Dover. The thing, though, is that the im­prove­ment done to the car was ex­cel­lent, and it does not mat­ter if the next meet is at Dover or Jamwest, we are look­ing for­ward to it,” said Gore.

 ?? FILE ?? Track of­fi­cials at work at
Dover Race­way, St Ann, on April 6, 2015.
FILE Track of­fi­cials at work at Dover Race­way, St Ann, on April 6, 2015.
 ?? FILE PHOTOS ?? Part of the crowd at a Dover Race­way meet in Run­away Bay, St Ann, on Sun­day, May 26, 2013.
FILE PHOTOS Part of the crowd at a Dover Race­way meet in Run­away Bay, St Ann, on Sun­day, May 26, 2013.
 ??  ?? Doug ‘Hol­ly­wood’ Gore
Doug ‘Hol­ly­wood’ Gore
 ??  ?? David Sum­mer­bell
David Sum­mer­bell
 ??  ?? Ju­nior Lin­coln
Ju­nior Lin­coln
 ??  ?? Charles Chen
Charles Chen
 ??  ?? Peter Rae
Peter Rae

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