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Karting action heats up

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer

Friday, August 24, 2012    

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THERE were few surprises at the Jamaica Karting Association's sixth race meet at Palisadoes International Raceway on Sunday.

Being the final summer meet for the year, it was the perfect opportunity for the young drivers to boost their championship points before the potential interference of scholastic responsibilities.

After what seemed to be an event-ending downpour of rain, the heat of the track left the circuit surface water- free, allowing racing to quickly resume.

The 50cc class, on the track, was a three-horse race between Thomas Gore, Mark Moodie, and Zander Williams, but in the points it was a Gore/Moodie battle, as they both took a race final victory each. The event saw Gore move into the faster 80cc group where he made short work of Justin Stanley and Lewis McKinson. The latter two had the class to themselves at the last outing. However, Gore's pedigree shone through, handing him two thrilling race victories.

In Rotax MiniMax, Joshua Sirgany wrapped things up in fine fashion, taking command early on and leaving no room for response from his rivals MarcAnthony Eaton, and Giovanni Hui, despite their best efforts.

Thomas Issa ruled the roost in the 125cc-powered Rotax Juniors, but William Myers kept him honest to the end in a close chase to the chequered flag. Issa took both wins, holding off Myers and Jonathon Law. There was a Myers on the top step of the podium, that being Phillip, in the Rotax Seniors where he took the final trophy in race one. For race two it was Najee Scott who got the win after spending most of race one getting familiar with the back of Matthew Williams' kart. Williams had the move of the day, with an aggressive first corner pass in race one on Scott for second position. From third he late-braked with a shallow race line, forcing Scott outside to put two wheels on the grass.

"I had the move," said a winded Williams after the race.

Rotax Seniors is the domain of Peter Moodie Jr. Still, he didn't have it all his way as Mark Minott, who suffered technical issues at the previous meet, came out blazing. Both men spent the day trading places and glued to each other. For race one Minott took a daring last-lap lead, which he converted to victory, while Moodie Jr claimed the race two final.

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