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Friday, November 24, 2017

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KARTING fans will be treated to a double dose of action at Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston this weekend.

The Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) will have its season finale — Abe Ziadie Memorial — tomorrow and Sunday. The event will incorporate the September 29 meet which was rescheduled due to a flooded track caused by heavy rains.

Patrons who buy tickets for tomorrow's event will be able to enter with them on Sunday.

“We're back to running the track in the regular direction for this weekend. We originally wanted to run it in both directions, one each day of competition, but we realised that our overseas participants wouldn't have time to practise,” David Summerbell Jr, JKA president, told the Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

In an effort to avoid a recurrence of the flooding, Summerbell Jr said the club undertook work to strengthen the drainage capacity of the track.

“At worse-case scenario, racers will just have to switch to rain tyres and race in the wet,” he said.

The two-day meet sees over 100 points up for grabs. The weekend schedule has a race to the finish between defending champion Ryan Lue and current points leader Senna Summerbell. Summerbell holds a slim 15-point margin over Lue from the last completed race meet. Lue, who had contemplated heading overseas for the Superkarts - SuperNationals (SKUSA-SN) in Las Vegas has opted to stay to defend his title.

Several of the class championships are still up in the air.

Joining in the fun are six Guyanese karters: Elan Rahaman, Matthew Phang, Rayden Persaud, Mikhail Persaud, Jeremy and Justin Tenpow. Their visit represents a return serve from October when the Jamaican team of Senna Summerbell, Joshua Sirgany, Ryan Lue and Tommi Gore made their appearance in Guyana for the Georgetown Grand Prix Caribbean Showdown.

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