Karting on Sunday
THE motorsports season kicks off at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston with the first meet for the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) this Sunday.
"We're streamlining operations to increase the efficiency of the running of the meet and fans can expect great racing," said Heather Eaton, newly electly president of the JKA.
She expects the quality of racing to increase based on changes for 2014.
The other major changes are the moving up of the drivers into their higher classes. 2013 Comer50 champion Ryan Chisholm will move to Comer80 alongside the class runner-up Zander Williams to re-ignite their rivalry there.
"We've been training from December in the new kart," said Roger Chisholm, Ryan's father.
As the Comer80 races use a rolling start, more laps, and the longer circuit layout it should present a more tactical approach from both youngsters.
Another pair of rivals, who spent most of 2013 battling, Joshua Sirgany and MarcAnthony Eaton will move from Rotax Minimax to Rotax Junior. However, fans later in the season can expect a Gore/Summerbell match-up on a smaller scale as Tommy Gore, son of racer Doug Gore, advances to fill the space left by the two. Gore will have to contend with Senna Summerbell, son of his father's greatest circuit rival David Summerbell Jr.
"We're not ready as yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing them race together down the road," said father Doug.
Rotax Senior will see the addition of 2013 Zaidie Memorial Trophy Champion, Thomas Issa.
Issa has already been racing in the class overseas in the Florida Winter Tour where he sits sixth in the standings.
"The difference in Rotax Senior isn't the karts, but the range of talent you're up against due to the wider age spread of the class," he explained.
His father, Christopher Issa, who is expected to spice things up in Rotax Masters with Peter Rae on race day pointed out that Rotax Senior is filled with older more experienced drivers, many with factory backing. Considering Thomas had his eighth-place finish at the Rotax Grand Championships finally confirmed, his talent should still shine through.