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Key karting performances

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, April 11, 2014    

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IN what was a day of top racing at the Jamaica Karting Association's third meet held at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston, last Sunday, two names stood out at the end of the day: Ryan Lue and Jonathan Law.

Seven-year-old Lue, who started his karting career late last year, has taken on the tough task of racing in both the 50cc and 80cc classes.

"It's tough and each class requires a different driving style," Lue told Auto, during one of the few breaks between races.

Contesting the two classes sees Lue doing a punishing eight races per meet, excluding the qualifying sessions and free practice. While 50cc is for beginners with standing starts, fewer laps and use of the short section of the circuit, 80cc is the more demanding of the two. For those races, Lue has proven he has the stamina and skills to handle the full track, and higher lap count.

Despite the gruelling schedule, the Hillel Prep student continues to find success either winning outright, which he did for the first 80cc final, or finding his way on the podium, as he did for the second day's race final.

Thirteen-year-old Law has been at the sport for six years now, working his way up to Rotax Junior. Each class requires a minimum of three entrants, but his love for competition was so great that as the lone 'Junior', he was willing to be rolled into the Rotax Senior races.

On the surface, it would seem to be a sheep-amongst-the-wolves moment, but Law acquitted himself well, staying with many of the more experienced racers like William Myers and Frazer McConnell.

"The seniors are faster, but it's about having fun and I plan to move up soon," said Law.

Peter Moodie Sr, his driving mentor, had nothing but praise for his student.

"Jonathan has excellent driving skills, as exhibited on Sunday," said Moodie.

He added that Law's determination and passing prowess during the races was exemplary and indicated a potentially bright future.

"It is quite likely that he will move up to Rotax Senior sometime this year as he is currently overweight for the class," explained Moodie.

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