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Go-karting frenzy

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 07, 2014    

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WITH a full complement of racers for the Jamaica Karting Association's (JKA) second meet for the year, it was a day of non-stop action at Palisadoes International Raceway last Sunday.

Mattea Issa left off where she started last meet, crushing all comers and leaving no doubt about her skills behind the wheel. Issa took a dominant role in the Comer50 class, winning both her race finals with relative ease. The same could be said for Ryan Chisholm. The move to Comer80 hasn't made a dent in his front-running position and he too won both his class final races with a wide margin.

"Everything was fine," said Chisholm, cognisant of the incident for which he was reprimanded at the last meet.

Ryan Lue, who was competing in both the 50cc and 80cc races, seconded him. Chisholm's rival, Zander Williams, rounded out the top three.

Minimax was where the action lay as names like Summerbell, Gore, and Moodie graced the entry tables. However, all three had to deal with Justin Sirgany, who has a tight grip on the class. This was evident in race final one, where Gore and Sirgany came together handing Senna Summerbell his first final win of the season.

"I realised once Tommi got past me something was going to happen between him and Justin, so I backed off and waited," said Summerbell.

There wouldn't be a repeat for race final two and Justin was once again on top, with the consistent Duncan Stanley taking two second places.

In Rotax Junior, the day didn't go well for perennial favourite Joshua Sirgany, starting with a broken chain in the pre-final that put him at the back of the grid for the final. This meant a fight to the front with each race and William Myers needed to score both victories. Sirgany gained a place with each final, moving from third in final one to second in final two.

Another big expected bout was in Rotax Seniors with current karting champion Thomas Issa and Colin Daley Jr. Their first race final saw both catching up back markers in the closing laps.

"I saw Colin coming so I had to push hard every lap, but it was nerve-racking going through the lap traffic. I just wanted to finish without an accident," said Issa.

Issa would win race final two, with Fraser McConnell getting the better of Daley Jr for second place.

The only class without significant numbers was Rotax Masters and after Peter Moodie Jr won the first final the second final didn't happen.

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