JKA shifts into overdrive

Friday, May 25, 2018

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The Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) will host its third race meet for the 2018 season at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on Sunday.

The event, dubbed 'Reverse Overdrive', is slated for a 10:00 am start time.

“Our season is going very well,” David Summerbell Jr, president of the JKA, told the Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

The event title is a giveaway to the major change for Sunday's meet, as the course will be run in reverse. And Summerbell Jr said he expects an exciting day of racing, coming off the second meet which took place at the venue on Sunday, April 29.

“We had 40 competitors that day and we're ahead of everything that we did last year,” he said.

Last time out, it was Kishan Hylton that led the Comer 50 class. As the beginner class, it features 50cc motors.

Micro Max, the next class up, using 50cc engines, saw Shane Chisholm as the points leader. The faster 125cc machines start with Mini Max and it continues to be dominated by Ryan Lue. Tommi Gore was the victor on the day for Rotax Junior, while current karting champion Senna Summerbell led his class Rotax Senior. The popular Super Rotax was taken by Andrew Graham.

“The quality of the driving is exciting and we have more kids who want to get involved,” said Summerbell Jr.

The JKA hopes to host an international meet in the next two months.

“It has to take place over two days, so that complete weekend, whichever we work out,” he added.

— Rory Daley

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