“What would you say if I beat you at Dover?” Kyle Gregg jokingly shouted across the showroom to Doug Gore. With a broad grin, Gore told the scores of diehard motor-sports fans that he would respond to Gregg’s question when they clash at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Monday. Both drivers were among a large turnout at the launch of the Carnival of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Easter Monday. The launch was held in the main showroom of the Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, Kingston, on Monday night. After posting a 1:19-second lap time during a recent practice session – with his newly acquired United Kingdom-manufactured Radical race car – Gregg has become an overwhelming favourite to upstage Gore and David Summerbell in the Thundersport II Class. This showdown has been generating a lot of interest because it is the first in a long time that so many well prepared, highly competitive cars will be participating in the stellar event. “The car is nice and I am looking forward to Dover,” said Gregg, who up to four months ago was concentrating on rallying, until he got bitten by the bug and went shopping for a new circuit-racing machine. Gregg, in a previous interview with The Gleaner, sent a stern warning that the lap record at Dover may be erased at this meet Gore was not amused and has since brought down a first-rate mechanic, out of the Czech Republic, to assist with the final preparation of his Audi. At Monday night’s launch Gore, who sat beside his old rival, David Summerbell in the front row just kept smiling. He had already indicated that he has a trump card up his sleeve. “I will be doing all my talking on the track,” Gore told his rivals. Dubbed as ‘King David’, the usually high-spirited Summerbell was in jubilant mood and told his fans that as the king of circuit racing he is not ready give up his throne. “I am going to make sure that my sponsors, Total Lubricants, is proud of me. It is going to be a great race meet,” said Summerbell. Organiser of the event, Dean Corrodus, said there will be 21 races and the meet will get under way at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Monday. “We have expanded our parking area, renovated the road surface leading to the entrance, plus the police will be exercising tighter traffic management controls,” said Corrodus. Newly elected president, Monique Gibbs, said the meet promises to be a thriller, as apart from the high expectations of the top drivers, the ‘Bracket 45 Class’ is back and this she said will be used as a strategic development for circuit racing at Dover. Howard Henry, marketing manager of the title sponsor Total Lubricants, said he anticipates a great race meet and his company is committed to the development of motorsport in Jamaica. TRUMP CARD
Earlier, key batsmen Shahzad (24) and captain Asghar Stanikzai (16) fell early while trying expansive shots off Samuel Badree (3-14), who also clean bowled Usman Ghani off his fifth delivery. Samiullah Shenwari and Naib fell in the space of six runs and left their team reeling at 56-5 in an attempt to increase the scoring rate. Zadran and Nabi added 34 runs for the sixth wicket stand – going from 56-5 to 90-6 – before Nabi fell in the 17th over off a brilliant catch which was set up by Sammy. He stretched full length and palmed the ball into the safe hands of Samuels after intercepting Nabi’s hard drive at extra cover. Zadran held the innings together and took the total beyond 120 when he smashed two boundaries in Bravo’s last over of the innings with a switch-hit and a crisp drive through the covers. Key batsmen NAGPUR, India (AP): Spirited Afghanistan upset former champions West Indies at the World Twenty20 with a thrilling six-run victory in their last Group One match yesterday. Afghanistan’s four-pronged spin attack – led by 17-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan and experienced off-spinner Mohammad Nabi who both returned identical figures of 2-26 – restricted the West Indies to 117-8 on a turning wicket after Najibullah Zadran’s 48 off 40 balls earlier anchored them to 123-7. Despite the defeat, West Indies topped Group One over England on a superior net run-rate as both teams finished on six points with one defeat and three victories. West Indies will take on India in the second semi-final at Mumbai on Thursday. Afghanistan lived up to their promise to at least win one match in the Super 10 stage after earlier putting up brave performances before losing to England, Sri Lanka and South Africa. “We knew we could defend the total after watching low scoring games here in Nagpur,” Afghanistan coach Inzamam-ul-Haq said. “Our spinners were fantastic today and the fielding was simply outstanding.” Extra cover Needing 25 off the last two overs, Carlos Brathwaite smacked two sixes off Gulbadin Naib’s gentle medium pace, but West Indies captain Darren Sammy holed out at extra cover in the same over. With 10 required off the last six balls, Brathwaite missed Nabi’s first two deliveries before Zadran took a spectacular diving catch at deep mid wicket to stun the 2012 champions. In the absence of rested Chris Gayle, West Indies couldn’t get the sort of start it wanted as Evin Lewis was out for a duck in his debut T20. In form Andre Fletcher pulled his hamstring at the end of the sixth over and left the field in pain. That opened the door for Afghanistan to have a crack at the middle order. Marlon Samuels (5) was baffled by Khan’s vicious googly and was bowled off the back foot and Dwayne Bravo (28) was trapped leg before wicket by Nabi. Denesh Ramdin was stumped by Khan’s sharp leg-spinner after the wicketkeeper-batsman made a pedestrian 18 off 24 balls, while Andre Russell (7) was run out by a direct throw from wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad to reduce West Indies to 98-6 in the 18th over.