TTKA Karting #3 2013

TTKA Karting #3 2013

Article by Krissie Garcia

While most of you were tucked away under your blankets on Sunday, the Trinidad and Tobago Karting Association hosted its third even of the 2013 season. Despite overcast skies and a wet track, this race meet was the most successful for the year. Karters came out in their numbers and we saw the return of several racers who have been absent from the sport for some time.

Qualifying kicked things off as racers geared up for serious action in less than welcoming conditions. In their heats, the 100cc and Junior Max classes shared the track for their three races. 100cc driver Chris Sukhbir maintained his momentum as he moved quickly through the track leaving Haymant Singh trailing closely behind to place second. For the juniors, Isa Deen, who took pole position, started out in the lead followed closely by Frankie Boodram, Aamir Mohammed and Jonmycal Sant. Jonmycal showed improvement on the track and Aamir also showed great competitive skill. These young drivers continue to show their increasing levels of technique and skill as they drove fearlessly throughout their heats. Final placement for this class – Frankie Boodram first, Isa Deen second and Aamir Mohammed third.

With an outstanding qualifying time that put him in the lead for the start of the Rotax International heats, Ryan Peyrau finished the first race in the top spot ahead of Matthew Crisp while Saleem Deen finished third. Ricardo Legree of Legree Motorsport was on-hand throughout the day to assist in the setup of Ryan’s brand new Tony Kart, #100. This class lived up to its name yet again as pure driving action was witnessed first-hand by all who were present. In the second race of the Rotax International class, Ryan navigated the track like the back of his hand in his attempt to take win from race leader Che Carrington. It all seemed unreal as he swiftly moved from the back of the pack, tackling his competitors one by one while other competitors Shane Pinheiro, Marcus Skinner, Matthew Crisp and Saleem Deen tried to keep up. Those who were there witnessing this amazing display of prowess all expected Ryan to be victorious once again. His feat was short lived as competitor Reza Ali who was in second position made it known that he could handle the highest level of competition in this sport. Reza remained un-impeded as Ryan’s kart came within sight and a short battle for second place ensued between the two. Without hesitation Reza shot-off leaving Ryan behind. Shane Pinheiro took advantage of this unexpected fall back by Ryan to finish third in the second heat. The Rotax International class ended its day of racing with Ryan Peyrau in first place, Reza Ali second and Che Carrington in third.

The rain certainly brought out more Karters today than in many previous events, and this was most evident in the Shifter class which saw a total of ten competitors. As the buzzing sound of shifter karts took over the grounds, the racing between these adept drivers made way for a competitive race. Competing with veterans such as Ryan Garcia, Gerard Carrington and Ray Wong Doo, Kristian Boodoosingh made haste and proved that he was on par with the rest. Ryan finished first in the first heat followed by Kristian in second position and Marc Gill in third.

The fact that this class was a big one at the start caused some racers to face challenges throughout the day. Some bumping and altercations left some karts needing minor repairs while some were unable to finish the race.  Kristian had a commanding race day which led him to finish first at the close of competition. Ryan Garcia who always impresses finished second overall, followed by Marc Gill in third place.

Our third event ended on a high note despite troubling weather conditions. The TTKA would like to say thank you to all the Marshals that braved the rain to ensure the safety of all drivers throughout the day. To all the Spectators, Karters, Families, Friends and Photographers that came out and helped make this event a successful one, we thank you.

Special thanks also goes out to our sponsors – Blue Waters, Monster Energy drink, Trini Tuner, Tropical Power and The Presidential Insurance Company Ltd. For information on the Trinidad and Tobago Karting Association and our upcoming events, be sure to check out our Facebook page:

Our Next event is carded for the 9th June at the Arima race club, Santa Rosa.

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