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Karting plans speed up

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMGlenroy Sinclair
David Summerbell, president of the Jamaica Karting Association.
Christopher Williams, CEO of Proven Management Limited, vice-president of the Jamaica Karting Association.
Go-karters in action at the Palisadoes Speedway, Kingston.
Peter Rae
Andre Anderson, one of the competitors in the Super Rotax Class.

If newly elected Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) president David Summerbell and his cabinet implement their plans quickly, 2016 may be an eventful and outstanding go-karting season. Among the team's list of priorities is the proposal of hosting a night race meet at the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston.

"Our 2016 season begins today (Sunday) with a 12-race card. Though some of the youngsters will be absent because of exams, the day promises to be a good one," Summerbell told Automotives on Friday.

A new class has been introduced to the sport this year and, according to reports, some exciting contests between old rivals are expected in the Super Rotax Class. It has attracted several top circuit racers, such as Andre Anderson, Kyle Gregg, Peter Rae, and Summerbell himself. Others who will be on the track are Garth Senior, Steve Sirgany, Chad Leahoung and Rugie Miser. Numerous motorsport fans are expected to cram the track to see the action.

There will be a lot to see. "There will be four races in the Mini-Max Class and another four races in the 80 cc Class," said Summerbell.

Outside of the competition on the track, children attending the event with their parents will have an opportunity to rent karts and, under the watchful eyes of driving experts, drive around the track.

There is also the possibility of Jamaica hosting an international race meet later this year. "We are hoping to pin down sponsors for this to become a reality," said Summerbell,

Building on the plans and programmes of the previous JKA administrations, Summerbell and his team have vowed to continue increasing the JKA's membership and offer more training for the

marshals and stewards, in accordance with international standards. In addition, they will continue with the programme of the previous administration to groom and sharpen the skills of the young karters, preparing them for the international circuit.

There is also taking care of the equipment. "We have also upgraded our equipment to continue with the first retesting of all karts and petrol," said Summerbell.

There are also plans to stage a special race meet at which the contestants will race in the opposite direction than they normally do. "This will be very challenging and should feel like competing on a new track," the newly elected JKA president said.

Summerbell's cabinet includes vice-president Chris Williams, CEO of Proven Management Limited. He will be assisting Summerbell in implementing the 2016 plans. The secretary is Monique Gibbs, who is also an executive member of the Jamaica Race Drivers' Club, Debra Gore is treasurer, while Danah Chisholm has been tasked to work with the marshals and stewards.

The multitalented Ishmael Moodie is charged with the responsibility of working with the youngsters in the 80 cc Class, while director Neil Williams will be assisting with the technical aspect of the sport.