Details


Author Topic: 5 car Team Rally Jamaica off to compete in Rally Trinidad 2019  (Read 261 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline toyracer

  • Moderator
  • Extreme Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 13705
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Ten Jamaicans comprising five rally teams leave this week to compete in the 2019 Rally Trinidad being run from April 5th to 7th. Friday 5th will be official start with two stages at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Joel Jackson and co-driver Dmitri Dawkins, past winners of Rally Jamaica, will compete in Group A as they step up in a class in order to increase their chances of the overall win of the rally.

The pairings of Kyle Gregg & Marcia Dawes, Lee Vaz & Andrew Grahame and Timothy Stewart & Stephen Gunter will all compete in the Group N class.

Bobby Marshal and co-driver Michelle Laidlaw compete in the Two-Wheel-Drive class.

JMMC wish them good luck for a safe and successful event.

Pictured: Left, from top: Joel Jackson, Dmitri Dawkins, Marcia Dawes, Kyle Gregg. Right, from top: Timothy Stewart, Stephen Gunter, Andrew Grahame, Lee Vaz. Middle: Michelle Laidlaw, Bobby Marshal

« Last Edit: April 1, 2019, 10:54:52 AM by toyracer »
https://www.facebook.com/NDRCSeries
Facebook, Instagram, twitter: @ndrcseries

Offline Nismodfy

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 2219
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: 5 car Team Rally Jamaica off to compete in Rally Trinidad 2019
« Reply #1 on: April 1, 2019, 06:47:45 PM »
TVJ Sports: Jamaica Team to Participate in T&T Rally - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnDw8YCWGJc

Offline Nismodfy

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 2219
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: 5 car Team Rally Jamaica off to compete in Rally Trinidad 2019
« Reply #2 on: April 2, 2019, 12:05:16 AM »
Ja to invade Trinidad
Jamaica Observer — Rory Daley


FIVE Jamaican rally crews will head to Rally Trinidad next week to compete in the event scheduled for April 5 — 7.

The announcement was make at a press launch held last Wednesday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

The contingent — consisting of Kyle Gregg, Marcia Dawes, Timothy Stewart, Stephen Gunter, Joel Jackson, Dimitri Dawkins, Lee Vaz, Andrew Graham, Bobby Marshall, and Michelle Laidlaw — is being facilitated by the efforts of the organisers of Rally Jamaica, Reggae Racers, and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport.

“Harold Morley, a Bajan who has been coming to Rally Jamaica for over 12 years consecutively now, has been launching an appeal for a team from Jamaica to go and compete in Rally Trinidad. Every year we've been promising and saying we want to do it. This year for the first time, in a long time, we're doing it,” Lawrence Henriques of Rally Jamaica told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Rally Trinidad has seen individual participation on the part of Jamaica competitors, however, this is the first and largest collective sent on behalf of the country to the event.

The team will be split across three classes in an attempt to maximise success. Jackson and Dawkins will run the equivalent Group A, the highest. Marshall and Laidlaw will run the class for front-wheel drive naturally aspirated cars. The remaining three crews will race in Group N, for showroom-based rally cars.

Leading the team on the basis of having the most experience is Marshall. Marshall in 2008 became Trinidadian Rally Champion and is intimately familiar with the stages the Jamaican crews will tackle next weekend.

“The stages are more dangerous than what we have in Jamaica,” Marshall said.

While Jamaica has fast flowing stages with plenty of run off areas, in Trinidad the rally stages tend to be narrow and lined with culverts that can easily destroy a car.

“You just have to look out for the culverts, so it's not about the flamboyance style, you have to be neat.”

Marshall's words were echoed by Jackson, 2016 Rally Jamaica winner and a three time visitor to Rally Trinidad. In their last visit they were halted on the first stage when they hit a culvert and damaged their suspension.

“We last went in 2015, so we have a little bit of experience there,” Jackson said.

This time around Jackson is aiming for the top step of the podium by switching their car to fit the faster Group A class.

“Our plan is go there and win basically. Anything short of that would be a disappointment. It's the same car, but what we did is made some changes to the engine to step up to what is Group A, which is the class where you're allowed to modify the car. The reason being is that the faster guys there are running Group A as well,” Jackson explained.

He hopes the class switch will give him the best chance at victory.

While Jamaican victory is an aim, Henriques is betting on reciprocation at the end of the year by Trinidadian competitors.

“We, Rally Jamaica and Rally Trinidad are the two longest running dirt rallies in the region, and essentially you don't have to do any changes to your vehicle, suspension, etc. We are supporting dirt rallying,” Henriques added.

Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ja-to-invade-trinidad_160816?profile=1052

Offline toyracer

  • Moderator
  • Extreme Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 13705
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: 5 car Team Rally Jamaica off to compete in Rally Trinidad 2019
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2019, 08:02:17 PM »
When Team Rally Jamaica began the final day of Rally Trinidad 2019 with cars in 1st (Kyle & Marcia), 3rd (Timmy & Stephen) and 5th (Joel & Dmitri) hopes were high for multiple cars on the podium or even a dream clean sweep of the top three positions.

Kyle Gregg and Marcia Dawes did their part, driving thoughtfully with enough pace to manage their outright lead without causing undue stress to their car or themselves on the challenging Jack & Jill stages. They were rewarded with 1st in Group N and 1st Overall, winners of Rally Trinidad 2019.

Showing excellent pace while winning SS13 outright, Joel Jackson and Dmitri Dawkins were the first Jamaicans to suffer mechanical failure, as their gearbox broke on SS14 while in 5th place chasing a podium finish. The damage was severe enough to put them out of the rally permanently.

Unfortunately a similar fate would befall Timothy Stewart and Stephen Gunter three stages later while they were locked in a close battle with Trinidad's Craig Sumair and Simon Rodriguez. The Evo IX’s gearbox housing cracked close to the transfer box, rendering them immobile on SS17 and with no spare gearbox in Trinidad they were out of the rally while in 3rd place.

For Bobby Marshall and Michelle Laidlaw, the five minute deficit caused by the electrical fire on Saturday’s first stage proved to be too much to overcome, as they tried valiantly to compete against the Porsche of Harold Morely, normally in a higher class than their Mirage. Finishing the final day without further incident, at the end Bobby & Michelle were credited with 6th Overall and 2nd in Class M4.

Lee Vaz and Andrew Grahame became the talk of the rally as they battled problem after problem, mostly with the suspension of their WRX. In all, they destroyed a total of five strut assemblies, twisting some into unimaginable shapes, but never giving up. The determined efforts of their service crew consisting of Chris Yap & Paul Lee coupled with Lee’s never-say-die attitude earned them respect and praise, so much so that the organizers of Rally Trinidad 2019 created a special “Spirit Of Rallying” award which was presented to Lee the following day.

JMMC congratulates Kyle & Marcia for winning Rally Trinidad 2019 and commend the entire Team Rally Jamaica for their accomplishments and efforts.

Pictured: Top left – the three Jamaican finishers. Top middle – Kyle & Marcia flying the Jamaican flag before going on the Super Special stage. Top right – Bobby Marshall thanks sponsor Buju Banton after completing the rally. Lower left – the special “Spirit Of Rallying” trophies created for Lee Vaz & Andrew Grahame. Lower middle – Lee Vaz accepting the trophies from TTRC President Matthew Russell. Lower right – Lee Vaz after finishing the Super Special stage with suspension almost fully collapsed.

« Last Edit: April 10, 2019, 10:29:06 PM by toyracer »
https://www.facebook.com/NDRCSeries
Facebook, Instagram, twitter: @ndrcseries

Offline Nismodfy

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 2219
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: 5 car Team Rally Jamaica off to compete in Rally Trinidad 2019
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 07:00:48 PM »
RALLY TRINIDAD 2019 CHAMPS – THE UNSTATED UNDERSTANDING IN CAR #6
by @RallyPrincess

https://committedbutnot.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/rally-trinidad-2019-champs-the-unstated-understanding-in-car-6/