Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Nine-year-old Justin Sirgany continues to turn in classy performances on the Florida circuit. Most recently, the St Andrew Preparatory student took the challenge to the South and North Americans at the Homestead Go-Kart Track, Florida, where he walked away with the top honours in the Rotax Micro Max Class.
Today, Sirgany, along with scores of other karters, will be in action again, this time at the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston, where the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) will stage its first race meet of the 2012 season.
Among the other big names who will be in action are Thomas Issa, Collin Daley Jr, Matthew Williams, Fraser McConnell, William Myers, Joshua Sirgany and Jonathan Law.
The class that is expected to arrest the attention is the 50cc category, which will be contested by the new kids on the block, who have chosen to follow in the footsteps of their parents, attempting to stamp their names on the map of motorsport in Jamaica.
The list includes six-year-old Mark Moodie, son of Garth Moodie and grandson of Peter Moodie Sr. Six-year-old Tommi Gore, the son of rally and circuit-racing champion driver Doug Gore, will also face the starter for the first time. The lone female of the group is five-year-old Mattea Issa, daughter of Chris Issa, who was among the top-rated circuit and rally-racing drivers in the 1980s and 1990s.
There is also Zander Williams, five years old, the brother of Matthew Williams, who competes in the Rotax Jr Class. Their father, Neil, is the president of the JKA.
Justin Sirgany's kart is tuned by veteran Jamaican driver, Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae. According to a report on the ekartingnews.com website about the Homestead meet, Sirgany had an impressive run in the pre-final before taking the chequered flag in the finals.
Canadian Antonio Serravalle qualified fastest by just three one-hundredths of a second over Dylan Tavella (USA). In the pre-final, Antonio Serravalle and Justin Sirgany (Jamaica) hooked up in a two-kart draft and left the pack behind. In the last few laps, Sirgany threw everything he had at Serravalle, who was just able to hold him off at the line.
In the final, it was a replay to a point, the Jamaican coming out victorious this time around.