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Thrills, spills at Palisadoes Raceway

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMNeville Graham
Ryan Lue in action at the Palisadoes Raceway earlier this year.

Those who missed the Jamaica Karting Association Meet 6 at the Palisadoes Raceway on Sunday will rue the chance they had to see everything from persistence to dominance to keen rivalry.

The biggest winner for the day was young Justin Donaldson in Comer 50. The little man may be barely out of diapers, but he left his other rivals in his dust qualifying quickest at 56.417. This was 3.5 seconds ahead of Miles Addison as they both led a procession around the track all day with Donaldson winning all races in the class.

In Rotax Micro Max, Zidane Madden was equally as dominant for all his four races, but a heavy right foot at the start of Race One cost him points to finish with 50.5 points. For Rotax Mini Max, there was intense competition between 2017 Karting Champion Ryan Lue and arch-rival Zachary Williams, Lue was not his usual clinical dominant self given the torrid pace set by Williams who qualified fastest. All four races in this class provided a ding-dong battle between them, with Zachary Williams taking the first two rounds and Lue replying emphatically in the last two rounds after a pep talk from number one fan and mechanic, dad Craig Lue.

In Rotax Junior, the pace set by Tommi Gore in qualifying fastest was undone by skilful piloting from Senna Summerbell. Gore only managed to win one of the four races in this class after Senna had a mishap in the last round.

The class worth going miles to see was Rotax Senior, where it was the Joshua Sirgarny/ Jonathan Law show. The two fought tooth and nail all day, with Law being second best except when Sirgarny was literally run over by Dominic Gordon-who ripped off a radiator in the process. Gordon was penalised after the race stewards took a hard look.

Super Rotax produced a lot of excitement, but this was too much for the timekeeper with more than half of the well-stocked field 'breaking out' of class and being penalised. In the end it was 'Old Geyser' Rougie Misir besting David Summerbell 38-37 points and Sara Misir toughing out an ankle under treatment to finish third on the day.