TTKA Event #6

TTKA Event #6

This past Sunday the Trinidad and Tobago Karting Association held their 6th championship event at the Arima Race Club Car Park. Their two main classes held center stage this weekend and drivers had valuable championship points up for grabs.
In the Sportsman Class, returning from his trip to the 2017 FIA Americas Awards Ceremony in Uruguay Scott Wortman showed no signs of jetlag, out-qualifying current championship leader Shane Sheppard for pole position, with Jonathan Aqui securing 3rd, Rossi Lochan (4th), and Siddique Mohammed (5th).
In the first race of the day, a collision on the first lap between Jonathan Aqui and Rossi Lochan at the top corner of the track shuffled the field and at the fall of the checkered flag, Shane Sheppard took the win followed by Jonathan Aqui in 2nd, Scott Wortman in 3rd and Siddique Mohammed in 4th. Unfortunately, after the collision, both Rossi Lochan and his NP Ultra sponsored go-kart wasn’t able to take part in the competition for the remainder of the day.

In the remaining two races both Scott W and Shane Sheppard reminded everyone why they are in such a heated battle in the championship, the traded places a few times during the race but in the end, Scott Wortman took the remaining two wins less than a second ahead of the championship leader Shane. Jonathan Aqui brought home a credible and two 3rd places and Siddique Mohammed rounded off the field in 4th.

In the Rotax international class, Matthew Singh continued in his recent good form and put his kart on pole position followed by Reza Ali in 2nd,  Justin Wortman in 3rd, Justyn Kanta Persad in 4th and Anil Singh in 5th. Dillon Ali failed to make the qualifying session with kart issues.

In the first heat, all 6 karts took to the grid but none could match the pace if Matthew Singh in the first few laps. Nearing the end of the race Justyn Kanta Persad caught up to Matthew Singh but while trying to make the pass tangled with a cone and that threw the alignment off on his kart and gifted Reza Ali the second spot. When the flag dropped Matthew took the win with Reza 2nd and Justyn rounding off the podium in 3rd.

In the second heat of the day, Dillon Ali seemed to finally get the problems with his kart sorted out and together with Matthew Singh they provided the crowd with bumper to bumper racing for the entire heat. In the end, though Dillon took the win, Matthew Singh followed in 2nd, and Reza Ali rounded off the podium in 3rd.

The final of the day also provided the crowd with bumper to bumper racing between Matthew Singh and Dillon Ali, but Matthew made sure that Dillon would not have gotten the better of him this time and lead till the checkered flag. In the last two laps, a hard-charging Justyn Kanta Persad fought with Dillon Ali for that second spot but in the end, Dillon held on.

These results mean that the lead in the Rotax Championship changes hands again but this time in favor of Matthew Singh. But the lead wasn’t the only thing that Matthew won on the day, a newly introduced Champion Driver Of The Day Challenge Trophy was sponsored by the management of TTASA. This trophy is awarded to the driver who accumulates the most points on a given race day, and so happens that the Champion Driver of Race day 6 was also Matthew Singh.

With the next event scheduled for September 16th, 2018 at the Arima Race Club Car Park, we are sure that all teams will be taking the time to re-prep their equipment to not only regain valuable championship points but to also gain the bragging rights of being the Champion Driver Of The Day.

Words by Dillon Ali.

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