Barbados got a taste of the young talent that is highlighted each time the Barbados Karting Association takes to the track for a round of their 2013 Frutee Season.
Last Saturday for the Crane and Equipment-sponsored round four, the karters moved from their base at the Bushy Park, St. Philip racing circuit and travelled to the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre as part of the Automoto Showcase and did not disappoint as they sped around the purposed designed course for 20 incredible laps of speed and skill.
Though many may have thought that on such a small course there may not have been any areas to pass, some of the karters proved them wrong and showed just how clean and calculated driving can lead to some incredible and exciting passing without incident.
Each lap lasted about 13 seconds and the drivers had to be focused all the way. Leading the way was Tremaine Forde-Catwell who on his way to a clean sweep with four wins from four races in the X30 Class, showed some incredible skills as he passed a number of drivers on the day.
“I would just watch what they were doing for about two laps before I made my move,” said Forde-Catwell, after the racing was completed.
However, he admitted that the track only had one obvious passing area unless someone made a mistake but this did not hamper his progress as he collected 100 points on the day.
Second in the class was Aiden Fortier (75 points) who placed third three times and second once on the day. Third was Javani Smith (53 points) who also was second in one race but was unable to complete the final race.
Christian Hinds (42 points) who had a broken axle on the day finished fourth overall after a promising start as he claimed two second place finishes.
Owen Yarde had some mechanical issues which he was unable to rectify.
Saviola Thomas with two race victories to his name claimed the top honours on the day in the 270 Class with 89 points in a race which saw many chances as karters slid off the track. Second was Clavin Bratlett 75 points, while third was Joshua Parris (62) who won the first race of the day, managed to hold off a late surge from fourth place Zane Maloney (61). Krystal Kirton was fifth and Reco Alkins was unfortunate not to collect any points.
Merged in the same race as the X30 Class, Nicholas Gill swept the 310 Premier Class and carried off 100 points. Second place was Kyle Proverbs with 78 points, while Alex Kirton was third with 60 points. Also competing on the day was Kareem Alkins.