It was so nice, Daniel Ullyett had to do it thrice.
The talented 13-year-old held off a stiff challenge from defending champion Calem Maloney and Blake Thompson to capture the
Sectus Technologies Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) 2023 driver’s title.
It was Ullyett’s third title, having won in 2020 and 2021 and his first in the 100cc Easykart Juniors class.
The final round scheduled for November 5 was lost to bad weather and has not been re-scheduled, so the Sectus Technologies Championship points have been declared after the six rounds run between March and October.
Ullyett ended the season with a total of 501 points, 14 more than 17-year-old Maloney and 13-year-old Thompson, who shared second place overall. Ullyett, who turns 14 in two weeks’ time, previously won a hat-trick of 60cc Easykart Cadets class titles from 2019 to 2021.
Maloney won the 125cc Easykart Lights title for the second straight year and was the only driver to claim a maximum score all season – 100 points for four race wins in one day, which he achieved twice – while Thompson, who led the overall title chase for the bulk of the season, finished second in class to Ullyett.
Raizer Stoute finished fourth overall with 462 points, and was third in the 100cc Juniors behind Ullyett and Thompson, with the top six completed by Zak Mayers (441pts) and Colin Bradshaw (426pts), who placed second to Maloney in 125cc Lights.
Mayers added a new name to the BKA’s Roll of Honour, by winning the 60cc Cadets class for the first time. He edged out his cousin Jacob to the title by 26 points, with outgoing champion Aeden Bruce finishing third.
Meanwhile, Mark Thompson regained the 125cc Easykart Masters title he last held in 2020, after ceding it to fellow rallyists Justin Campbell and Kyle Catwell over the past couple of seasons.
More than 30 karters raced at Bushy Park throughout the season, with the 125cc Easykart Lights the best-subscribed of the BKA’s four classes.
While BKA chairman Roger Mayers expressed disappointment over the final round being abandoned, he said the 2023 season had been a success.
“Having to cancel our final date was very disappointing, but the weather over the last weeks has been OK for the MudDogs guys, but certainly not good enough to race karts in safety. It has been a great season and we’re looking forward to more of the same in 2024,” Mayers said. (PR/RB)
Championship points Overall:
1st Daniel Ullyett, 501 points 2nd Blake Thompson, 487pts
2nd Calem Maloney, 487pts
4th Raizer Stoute, 462pts
5th Zak Mayers, 441pts
6th Colin Bradshaw, 426pts
1st Z Mayers, 441pts
2nd Jacob Mayers, 415pts
3rd Aeden Bruce, 385pts
1st D Ullyett, 501pts
2nd B Thompson, 487pts
3rd R Stoute, 462pts
1st C Maloney, 487pts
2nd C Bradshaw, 426pts
3rd Aaron Blackett, 360pts
1st Mark Thompson, 364pts
2nd Cody Mark, 269pts
3rd Maurice Fortier, 89pts