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BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) will hold its sixth meet for the 2017 season at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston, on Sunday. This will leave only two more events from which championship contenders can gain points.

“The JKA championship gives a little chance to competitors by allowing them to drop one meet in their final points tally. So if a team missed a meet they wouldn't be out of the running and if they attended all meets they can drop their worst,” JKA president David Summerbell Jr told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Sunday's meet is scheduled to start at 10:00 am. The format remains the same with qualifying for all classes followed by two rounds of racing and a lunch break in-between. Each round of races consists of a set of pre-final and final for each of the six classes for a maximum of 24 races.

With the summer holidays over, the JKA expects competitors out in full force to try to gain as much points advantage as they can over their class rivals. However, things will get a bit tougher as Sunday's meet will see the circuit run in the opposite direction.

“Coupled with the possibility of rain, this is always good for an upset as drivers and teams struggle to keep up with the new track configuration as it changes with tyre wear and temperature,” said Summerbell.

Currently, all the class championships are up for grabs. In Comer 50, Justin Donaldson on 184 points leads Phillip McCreath (141) and Dimitri Castro (136.5). Things are a bit closer in Rotax Micromax as Zidanne Madden with 167.5 points is only slightly ahead of Shane Chisholm on 154.5 points and Ajani Haber's 141 points. In Rotax Minimax, its business as usual as the top three Ryan Lue, Ryan Chisholm and Zander Williams are embroiled in a battle for class honours. Senna Summerbell enjoys a significant lead in the Rotax Junior class having 203 points to the 130 points of Tommi Gore and 127 of Duncan Stanley. In Rotax Senior, it's a Sirgany sandwich for second points holder Jonathan Law. Ahead of him is Joshua on 174 and Justin sits in third on 111.5 points.

The final class, Super Rotax, is a complete toss up. It's current led by Summerbell Jr.

“The Super Rotax class has been a revolving showcase of stellar talent ranging from former karting champs and wannabes, to circuit racing icons, upstart rally champion, motocrossers to equestrian regional title holders and more. Who might turn up at any meet is anybody's guess,” Summerbell Jr added.

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