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Karting action unfolds tomorrow

Friday, July 13, 2018

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Given the World Cup finals on Sunday, the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) will shift its fourth meet to Saturday at Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston.

David Summerbell Jr, president of the JKA, promises an exciting meet.

“The racing has been amazing. The competition in the senior class has been something else. Now that we have the inverted race, the reverse grid for the final race it's created a lot of excitement and the spectators are loving in,” he told the Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

Tomorrow should see the biggest jump for the JKA in recent times, as it will introduce a new engine platform for the future of the local karting series.

“We have the new Rotax evo engines for the first time,” Summerbell Jr explained.

The JKA has purchased 23 of these engines and they will filter down from the senior class as the season progresses.

“We're not going to totally open it yet, by the next meet everything. All the senior drivers will run the new evo engines.”

Currently, the JKA uses the Rotax brand engines, in various displacement sizes. The 125cc motor is reserved for the faster classes. Adopting the new engine will bring racers up to the international technical standards. Featuring better technology Summerbell Jr expects the racing to go up a notch.

“The engines actually rev quite a bit more, up to 14,900 rpm. What we've been running usual go to 14,200 rpm, so it's suspect some new track records will come out of this weekend if the guys are ready,” he said.

— Rory Daley

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