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Karters get a grip

Rory Daley

Friday, May 10, 2013    

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WITH all karters fitted with Maxxis tyres, Sunday's meet at Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston provided some of the closest racing to date.

With the overnight rains and a hot afternoon, teams tried to figure out the best strategy to make the tyres last.

In the 50cc class, Zander Williams may have thought he would have it all to himself when rivals Mark Moodie and Thomas Gore migrated to Comer 80. Rookie Ryan Chisholm put a stop to that in one fell swoop. Showing promise at his debut in March, Chisholm took the fight straight to Williams from qualifying where a 0.2-second margin sat between them. In race form, Chisholm would prove the faster, only putting a foot wrong in the day's second pre-final and heading home with trophies in two finals.

"I'm happy to finally beat Zander," said the eight-year-old Chisolm to Auto.

Roger Chisolm, Ryan's father, said his son has been putting in a lot of 'seat time'.

"He has been practising hard ... at least, three times a week," said Chisolm. "And we are very supportive of him."

In the Minimax class, 2012 Abe Zaidie Champion Joshua Sirgany strutted his stuff. The competition was intense, but not enough to stop him from winning both of his finals.

Justin Sirgany exited early due to mechanical failure, leaving a charged-up MarcAnthony Eaton to put pressure on the race leader. Eaton would have to play both attack and defence trying to get at Sirgany, while keeping Senna Summerbell, son of David Summerbell Jr, behind.

Where Sirgany dominated Minimax, Rotax Junior was all Thomas Issa. As usual each race was a train containing William Myers, followed by Jonathan Law and led by Issa. Both Rotax Junior final podiums reflected that pattern.

The Comer 80 is as exciting as its 125cc counterpart since the revamp as an entry-level training ground for the higher classes. Karts were bumped, egos bruised, and the ambulance was called out even though there were no injuries.

A look at the results would indicate no dominant racer, but that tag would go to Mark Moodie. Moodie took the first race. The race two final was a watershed moment for Duncan Stanley, as he took advantage of the clash between Gore and Jerome Stanley to get his first race win.

In the Seniors class, Colin Daley Jr brought his electricity to it, coming to terms with the tyres faster than his rivals on the first-round final. Fraser McConnell won the second-class final.

There was no Rotax Masters at the event.

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