Ryan Lue impresses at Palisadoes Raceway
Nine year-old Ryan Lue developed an appetite for motorsport, after watching his father, Craig, competing on the Vernamfield, Clarendon, drag racing circuit.
This taste was whetted two years ago when Ryan accompanied his parents to the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston, to watch go-kart racing. Like a chip off the old block, the Hillel Academy schoolboy fell in love with the sport and shortly after signed up for the go-kart 50 cc Class.
Two years ago he won the 50 cc championship and last year took the 80 cc championship, amassing enough points to walk away with the national title the Abe Ziadie Memorial Championship, which goes to the Jamaica Karting Association's (JKA) top driver of the year.
Last Sunday, the youngster turned in another fine performance, making a clean sweep of the Rotax Mini-Max Class in which he is up against the bigger boys.
"Motor racing is in his blood. His father and his father's relatives are involved in the sport at various levels," said Kelly Lue, Ryan's mother.
According to Kelly, it is her son?s dream to one day become a professional race driver, perhaps competing in the Formula One Series. While not fearful of the potential danger, each tims her son takes to the track, Kelly Lue is more interested in moulding him to be a better sportsman.
"I having been teaching him how to accept winning and losing," Kelly Lue told Automotives. Both Craig and Kelly have lifted their hats to Guy Eaton, their son's driving coach, who they believe is responsible for Ryan's achievements to date.
President of the JKA, David Summerbell, described last Sunday's meet as a success. "There was some very close and spectacular racing. It was a good start to the season," said Summerbell, whose son Senna took the chequered flag in the afternoon's feature, the Super Rotax Class.
Another key performance was that of Zachary Sirgany in the 80 cc Class. "It was a great weekend for Zachary. He did very well. My wish for him this year is for him to continue to learn and improve his driving technique," commented Steve Sirgany, Zachary's father.
After a long stint at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, on the circuit racing course during the 1990s, the older Sirgany has returned to competitive racing again. This time it is at the Palisadoes International Raceway, where he competed in the Super Rotax Class last Sunday.
"If they continue to have this class then I will definitely be racing," said Sirgany.
Peter Rae, one of the competitors in the Super Rotax Class, believes it is great for karting.
"Bracket racing is a first time for karting. Though it was taxing on the old body, it brought back memories of yesteryear. We brought the curtains down with some fine racing. It was an excellent day," said Rae.
The next race meet is set for Sunday, March 20.