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Karters to face off at Valentine's meet

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

'Let's Go Racing!' That's how Jamaica's talented go-karters will be celebrating Valentine's Day at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston this afternoon.

Qualifying races are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. while the first event is set to get under way at 11:30 a.m."We will be having a 12-race card and the highlight of the day will be the clashes and close finishes anticipated in the Rotax Mini-Max Class," said Peter Rae, the newly elected president of the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA).

Though it will not be a meet for championship points, all winners will collect trophies courtesy of Jamaica Fibreglass Products Limited - which will be making them this year.

Today being Valentine's Day, some parents are expecting to celebrate their children's success on the track.

"If he gives us a podium finish, then that would make me and his mother proud; a chequered flag would put the icing on the cake," said Peter McConnell of Tru-Juice, speaking of his son, Fraser. The younger McConnell is one of the top competitors in the Rotax Mini-Max Class.

He is expected to drive a spanking new CRG Chasie kart which should enable him to be on top of his game.Christopher Issa stressed that once his son, Thomas, goes out and does his best, then that would make the perfect Valentine's gift for him.

Sammy Law had similar words about his son, Jonathan.

"I am hoping for a podium finish. His lap times have improved and I know he can deliver."

According to Law, Jonathan will be using today's meet to prepare for next weekend's Homestead race meet in Miami.A perfect Valentine's gift for Neil Williams would depend on if his son, Matthew, gets out there and demonstrates good sportsmanship, is competitive, has fun and enjoys himself."That would make me feel happy," said Williams.