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Youngsters shine at Karting Karnival

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 5:00 AMLivingston Scott
David Summerbell Jr getting the better of Mike Simmons in the Super Rotax R1/R1 race during the Jamaica Karting Association Race at the Palisadoes International Raceway yesterday.
Duncan Stanley leading the field in the Rotax juniors during the Jamaica Karting Association Race at the Palisadoes International Raceway yesterday.
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The future of Jamaica race driving looks bright after some magnificent performances from the younger generation of drivers at the Jamaica Karting Association, Karting Karnival at the Palisadoes International Raceway yesterday.

Duncan Stanley, of the Junior Rotax class, was the top performer, winning his four races to top that category with maximum 50 points. He finished ahead of Mark Moodie with 36 points and Stanley said he expected a great performance.

"Yes, I did expect it. You have find ways to pass people and once you catch them you can pass them," he said.

The young driver noted he did it before in a different class and it felt good being able to repeat at a higher category.

 

DRIVING SKILLS

 

"I've done it at another category but not in this (Rotax Junior) category. It feels really good and it says much about my driving skills. But it was awesome as I pushed through and got the win," he stated.

The most exciting race was in the Minimax Rotax between Ryan Lue and Ryan Chisholm. The pair had two wins each and ended tied on 45 points, but Lue got the edge after topping the qualifying, for which he earned 0.5 points, which made the difference.

However, it was Chisholm's bold move to overtake Lue and win the final race that brought the house down. Nevertheless, Lue was please with his display. "It was hard race, it was close but I knew if I qualified on pole (first) I would get an extra point.

"In the last race I though I had it, I was going to pen him back but he took a dangerous risk and I could have hit him so I just let him through,," he explained.

Chisholm, who also lost to Lue last year, was satisfied but thought he could have done better. "I have this trainer in American who showed me how to pass right there and how to keep my line. I have been doing it for some time," he added.

Meanwhile, David Summerbell Jr took the Super Rotax class with 48 points, with Thomas Hall second with 32 points, and the senior Rotax title to 15 year old Justin Sirgany with 47 points. The Rotax Micromax prize went to Ajani Haber (48), while the Comer 50 champion was Phillip McCreath with 42 points.