Local motorsport returned with a bang as the 2022 Radical Invasion caused an uproar with a huge crowd gathered at Dover Raceway in St Ann on Easter Monday.
Legendary driver Doug “Hollywood” Gore was pleased with the turnout as motorsport had been absent from the local scene for two years due to the pandemic.
“We had over 7,000 paid patrons. We think it could have been even more if people weren’t expecting rain. Luckily the rain spared us and we had a great day of racing as we had a crowd of spectators and exciting racing. I think we worked really well with just four weeks of planning,” Gore said.
The only disappointment of the day was that Formula Woman driver Sara Misir was unable to grace the track in front of the thousands of fans who came out to see her for the first time.
“I’m so happy to see so many people here supporting the local racers, the vendors and everyone who has been here from the start. I love it even when I’m not racing. I’m happy to be here and see how it happens,” said Misir, explaining her absence from the track.
“We did really well but of course anything can happen in motorsport from time to time and last night the engine just reached the end of its life,” added the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Awards 2021 Motorsport Athlete of the Year.
While drivers were excited to be back on track and winning races, they were even more excited to see thousands of fans returning to support motorsport after a two-year hiatus.
Senna Summerbell, the first day winner of Thundersport2 Race One, said the feeling was “great”.
“It’s a great feeling to win the first race of the day. I came into this weekend as an underdog as it is my first ever event in a radical Thundersport 2 class. Honestly, I didn’t expect not to have enough seat time as the other drivers and the car are a bit limited,” Summerbell said.
“It’s amazing to see the viewers and sponsors that have come out. I have to give credit to my sponsors Tropical Battery and Q8 Oils. It’s good to have everyone back in racing as a community,” he added.
Nicholas Barnes, who won the Modified Production 2, said it was good to be back and to win.
“It’s a phenomenal feeling, believe me. We haven’t been in motorsport for two years. It’s good to be back and getting back to winning ways. We worked a bit during the break so I’m happy with the results. ” ‘ Barnes said.
“It’s a great feeling here with the fans. The love of the crowd is just amazing,” he added.