Jamaica's contingent to the Rotax World Karting Championship in Portugal, starting this Wednesday, departed the island last Thursday afternoon. Thomas Issa and Collin Daley Jr will be taking on the world.
"Thomas Issa was in Portugal recently competing at one of their race meets. His knowledge of the track will help him a lot. While Collin (Daley) is an excellent shifter kart driver, he adopts quickly, and I am expecting at least a podium finish from the two," said Neil Williams, president of the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA).
In Portugal, Issa and Daley will complete their rigorous preparations.
Williams said he will be using the occasion to promote the Palisadoes International Raceway as a venue to stage one of the world events next year.
He stressed that the JKA's membership has increased this year, especially with the return of the 50cc Class.
GROWTH IN MEMBERSHIP
"We have seen a 10 per cent growth in membership. It has been a successful year and, come 2013, we will be bringing back the 80cc Class. Right now we are exploring some options with a view to reducing the cost of kart racing," said Williams.
Chris Issa, Thomas' father, is hoping for the best. "We don't know what the outcome will be, but it is going to be a good learning experience for Thomas," he said.
Collin Daley Sr is upbeat about his son's chances. "We are hoping to win. But I would love for him to achieve his dream, which is to become a Formula One driver. I wish him all the best," he said.