Summerbell inks ‘Tropical’ deal
Driver Senna Summerbell (centre) shakes the hand Daniel Melville Jr (right), deputy managing director of Tropical Battery Company Limited, while David Walton, director of sales & marketing of Tropical Battery Company Limited look on. Summerbell recently secured a sponsorship deal from Tropical Battery Company Limited. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

AFTER a stunning debut in the top ranks of circuit racing in April, Senna Summerbell secured future sponsorship from Tropical Battery Company Limited. The racer recently inked the agreement with David Walton, director of sales & marketing and Daniel Melville Jr, deputy managing director, at the Tropical Battery’s Ferry, St Andrew headquarters.

“I can’t thank Tropical Battery enough. I am extremely excited to continue my partnership with them, as we have had a long relationship since my karting career,” Summerbell told the Jamaica Observer’s weekly Auto magazine.

Walton echoed Summerbell’s statements.

“Tropical Battery is extremely elated to be a part of Senna’s career trajectory. We see his success growing and we will be with him as far as we can go,” said Walton.

The now 20-year-old son of racing legend, David Summerbell Jr, has been making his own mark in motorsports from go-karts to circuit racing where he transitioned to Thundersport class 2 (TS2) driving a Radical this year. Fresh in the driver’s seat, the young Summerbell shocked with his performance winning two of the TS2 races, and was on his way for a clean sweep of the top step of the podium when a slow puncture relegated him to second on the final race. Completing the story was the fact that he was able to turn in lap times very close to the 1:15.767 track record set in 2019 by Kyle Gregg.

Senna Summerbell displays sponsor merchandise.

“My career definitely wouldn’t be where it is without them, and my first race win in the Thunder Sport 2 class is owed to them,” said Summerbell.

According to Walton, the sponsorship agreement is open ended and sees support through a variety of methods, including but not exclusively financial, for Summerbell. The company sees their deal with the young driver as a commitment to match the excellence he’s displayed on the race track as well as part of their corporate responsibility to help build Jamaica and Jamaicans across a diverse range of fields.

“We’re very proud of Senna and like him we’re ready to go racing,” said Walton.

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer

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