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Top regional awards to Sirgany, Rae

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

Two of Jamaica's top motorsports performers for this year, 12-year-old Joshua Sirgany and circuit racer Sebastien Rae, are among several regional champions who have been selected for special awards by the Federation of International Automobile (FIA) affiliate, FIA Americas Award. The group represents North America, Central America and Mexico.

"Jamaica is a member of FIA Americas Award and every year we are given special awards. This year, it will be Sirgany for go-kart and Rae for circuit racing. The awards ceremony will be held on January 19, 2013, in Panama City," disclosed Peter Clarke, president of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC).

The JMMC president further explained that this is a major achievement for both Jamaicans, especially Sirgany, who will be the youngest Jamaican ever to receive the FIA Americas Award. It is also an opportunity to bid for and stage the 2014 FIA Americas Award Rally in Jamaica.

"In the past Collin Daley Jr got it for karting, but I think Sirgany (Joshua) is the youngest," argued Clarke, who emphasised that David Summerbell Jr and Doug Gore were recipients one year. Summerbell was awarded for circuit racing and Gore for rallying.

Sirgany has won the Abe Ziadie Memorial Trophy, which goes to the Driver of the Year. Young Sirgany hopes to follow in the footsteps of some of today's greatest racers worldwide, such as Phillipe Massa, Jensen Button and Michael Shumacher, who started in go-karting. His dream is to one day become a Formula One Driver.

Rae recently wrapped up championships at the Dover Raceway and the lower class of the Seaboard Marine-sponsored Caribbean Motor Racing Championship, which concluded in Guyana last month.