IT was a long, hard day's racing in all the classes at the fifth meet for the Jamaica Karting Association's championship season at Palisadoes International Raceway, St Andrew last Sunday.
Things were close from the drop of the first flag as the expected rivalries pushed competitors to the edge, causing some spills and thrills.
The younger set led off the programme as the battle between Ryan Chisholm and Zander Williams for the 50cc class had both drivers take one race final win apiece. There were similar happenings in the 80cc class as Mark Moodie took the first final victory.
He was, however, unable to repeat the feat as perilous contact with Duncan Stanley in the second final took him out of the race. This left Thomas Gore a free run to the finish line.
Things were not so smooth for Joshua Sirgany on his return from overseas competition in Rotax Minimax.
"My kart just died," Sirgany said after the race.
His mechanical retirement in the first Minimax final left MarcAnthony Eaton and Justin Sirgany fighting hard until a collision ended their skirmish, leaving Senna Summerbell to grab his initial podium of the season.
For final two, it was back to normal as Joshua took the victory. In Rotax Juniors, the kart-on-kart contact continued as Thomas Issa survived race damage to continue to dominate the class with two wins.
"I had contact with William (Myers) after the race, and that (accident) broke my radiator," Issa told Auto after the first race final.
Rotax Seniors had a more clear cut outcome as Colin Daley Jr took on a host of tough rivals and still came out on top. Once out front, he never bothered to look back as the chasing pack of Matthew Williams, Phillip Myers, Fraser McConnell, and Najee Scott kept each other busy. Daley would win both class finals.
Rotax Masters was kept afloat by Christopher Issa as class leader Peter Moodie Jr was unable to participate due to an injury. Mark Minott was able to capitalise on the points from winning the first Masters final to close the gap on Moodie Jr. Sheldon Morgan would taste victory for the second final.