Sunday, March 3, 2024

Karting battles resume today


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A CODE OF Conduct Tutorial as well as a drivers’ briefing will form part of the opening formalities of the seventh round of the Barbados Karting Association’s FruTee Championship at Bushy Park today.The sessions will precede practice in all classes before drivers face the starter for the day’s action which is expected to see young drivers such as Javani Smith and Tremaine Forde-Catwell resume their title chase in the Yamaha 270-pound class.Smith will be hoping for another good day, as he tries to stay ahead of a determined Catwell. Smith got the better of his rival at the association’s July meeting. After the summer recess and with remedial work completed, competition in this class is expected to be very high.Also out to upset the front-runners will be Raphael Russell, who should have sorted out the challenges he encountered last time out.Smith ended race day No. 6 at the top of the points table with 89 points, compared to 86 for Catwell, while Russell had 81. The other driver entered in the group, Owen Yarde, did not add to his tally.Another driver who would also be hoping for a better day is Joshua Parris, competing in the Williams Equipment kart in the Yamaha 230-pound class. In his last outing he was hampered as a result of weight problems and could only muster 46 points, while rookie Saviola Thomas made good use of the prevailing conditions in the class to end with 92 points.A good showing from Thomas with a full slate of drivers could go a long way towards boosting his confidence for the task ahead.CousinsIn the Easy Kart 60cc class, cousins Joshua Maloney and Zane Maloney will be keen to resume their rivalry, remembering that Joshua took the advantage last time out with 96 points to Zane’s 67.In the championship class, Christian Hinds with 96 points is clearly ahead of the experienced Allan Kinch on 75 points, while son Mark, who may be out of action for the remainder of the season, has 67.Last year’s champion Matthew Noel, who has 66 points, has much work on his hands if he wants to retain the coveted title.


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