TTKA Karting #2 2013

TTKA Karting #2 2013

Article written by Krissie Garcia (TTKA PRO)
The 2013 Championship series continued on Sunday 10th March as the Trinidad and Tobago Karting Association hosted their second event of the year. Qualifying for pole positions started things off and with times fractions of seconds apart, each class promised an action packed day.
The 100cc class opened racing for the day and we saw the return of Event #1 winner Haymant Singh (#96), Randoll Doon (#360) and Samuel Martin (#72) who is yet another newcomer to the sport. Starting out in pole position, Doon put on a magnificent display of control and driving skills. For the majority of the day both competitors left everyone looking on in anticipation, not knowing who would come out victorious. Doon maintained his line and kept Singh at bay to clench his first checkered flag of the season in the first race, but Haymant won both heats #2 and #3 to take the top spot on the podium.
The Junior max class which had a total of 6 competitors continued action with racers Aamir Mohammed (#9) who started in pole position, Nicholas Madan (#11), Frankie Boodram (#46), Isa Deen (#190), Jonmycal Sant (#2) and Avith Seepersad (#14). Aamir had a tough time defending his leading role and eventually lost it to promising young driver Nicholas Madan. After a short battle, Nicholas finished first followed by Aamir second and Frankie third. In the second heat, not much was different from the first but with 15 laps to complete their last race, there was mixed emotions from both viewers and competitors.
Early in the race there was an altercation between Isa Deen and Jonmycal Sant which left Sant unable to complete the final race. Frankie Boodram who was at the back of the pack counted his lucky stars as this gave him an opportunity to earn a spot on the podium. Nicholas ended the day victorious as he held on to first place followed by Aamir second and Frankie third. On to the most exciting and action packed class of the day, we had Che Carrington (#175), Reza Ali (#111), Ryan Peyrau (#05), Shane Pinheiro (#29), Marcus Skinner (#999), Saleem Deen (#191), and newbie Aaron Ramsey (#43). This 15 lap race left spectators wanting more as this is where the real racing happens. The unbeatable Che Carrington continued to show dominance and left the rest of the competition battling for second and third places as there was no catching this talented, yet controlled driver. Ryan Peyrau finished the first heat in second position and Reza Ali in third. With some of the most electrifying battles between the drivers in this international class, there is no doubt that for the duration of the competition the Rotax International class would be entertainment central.
In heat #2, the reverse grid allowed the back of the pack to take advantage of the other racers and Shane Pinheiro had a chance to claim victory as he started at the front of this 15 lap heat. That challenge sadly was short lived as Salem Deem made a smart move and passed Shane in fine fashion. Che did not let the fact that he started at the back deter him from reaching the top and he swiftly moved his way through the field of drivers. Saleem finished the race in first place with Marcus second and Che third. The young  drivers in this class are certainly shaking things up for the rest of the Rotax International competitors.
In the final Rotax International heat of the day a last ditch effort was made by all to finish in podium positions. As Che Carrington maintained his first place followed closely by Ryan Peyrau, we saw intense competition between Marcus Skinner and Reza Ali and also Saleem Deen and Shane Pinheiro from early. Marcus did not allow Reza the opportunity to pass him and it was a game of touch and go between these two for the duration of the race. Shane had the crowd focused on him as he eagerly waited for a slip up from Saleem He also displayed a magnificent level of driving and navigating the track as he did not give up his quest to gain a spot. This race ended as it started with Che first, Ryan second and Marcus third.
In their first race for this season, the shifter class came out with veteran racer Ryan Garcia (#125), Ray Wong Doo (#300) and Kristian Boodoosingh (#05) who is one of the youngest competitors to ever join this class. Kristian had his hands full but did not hold back as he showed his ability to compete with the best racers in Karting. After a great opening race, Ryan finished first, followed by Ray in second place and Kristian third. With karts getting up to speeds of over 72 mph the shifter class requires one of the highest levels of control while driving and sometimes errors are made. With an almost heart wrenching clash between Ray and Ryan at the start of the second heat, both racers ran off the track. Luckily both escaped unhurt and a restart of this race was ordered with only Kristian and Ryan competing. Kristian, as young as he is, put on an incredible show as he battled with Ryan on the track but could only muster up a second place finish. Ryan Garcia was unable to compete in the last shifter race of the day so a decision was made to have a 5 lap race between Kristian and Ray. This race finished with Kristian first and Ray second.
This event certainly drew more crowds than the first and the T&T Karting Association would like to thank our Racers, Marshalls and all the spectators who came out to support their teams and those who simply came to watch some electrifying racing action. We would also like to thank the many photographers for providing their services and capturing the best of the day’s activities. We would not be able to have these events without the assistance of our Sponsors – Blue Waters, Monster Energy Drink, Presidential Insurance Co. Ltd, Tropical Power and Trini Tuner.
Our next event would be held on Sunday 28th April at a venue to be confirmed.


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