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Great action at karting meet

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer

Friday, July 20, 2012    

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LAST Sunday's race meet of the Jamaica Karting Association held at Kingston's Palisadoes International Raceway provided thrills for the fans.

The meet — fifth since the start of the year — saw head-to-head battles as well as the appearance of Kollin Stuart and Jordan Perry — two karters visiting from Florida.

The pre-lunch finals started with Mark Moodie in taking the chequered flag in round one Comer 50cc class ahead of Thomas Gore. This grouping normally sees a close battle between the trio of Moodie, Gore and Zander Williams, but the latter found himself knocked out early in a collision with Linval Howard Jr. This put a new face on the podium, rookie Jeorme Stanley in third. For round two's final Moodie again took the winning flag in a race that was all his. Gore, however, had to fight to pass Stanley with three laps to go replicating the first final's finishing positions.

New for the meet was the Comer 80cc class, which saw participants brought more up to speed, literally, with go-Karting. There may have been only three drivers, but novice Lewis McKinson made enough of an impression be reach the winner's circle in the first final. For the second race, his rivals stepped up their game with Justin Stanley and Daniel Robertson to finish ahead of him.

Rotax Mini Max saw head-to-head action. Floridian Stuart was added to the rivalry of Joshua Sirgany and MarcAnthony Eaton. Sirgany, however, prevailed taking both finals. Eaton survived Stuart's onslaught and Giovanni Hui's pressure to finish first runner-up both times.

Rotax Juniors witnessed the second overseas infusion. William Myers, Frazer McConnell, and Jonathan Law had to contend with the other Floridian Perry.

Both finals saw hard racing and Perry's aggressive style, but it was not enough to break Myers' hold on the top spot of the podium.

The Rotax Seniors and Masters were combined into one group. This time Phillip Myers would take dual victories in the Senior class, while Peter Moodie Jr ran unfettered in Masters taking the two finals win.

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