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Jamaican representative Alex Powell returns to the South Garda Karting circuit in Italy this weekend for the Autumn Trophy Final, an event seen as a warm-up for next weekend's World Finals at the same facility.

With 99 Mini drivers entered for this weekend, Alex has been practicing since Thursday, aiming to be in the fight for a podium position.

Event timing and live feed can be found at https://www.southgardakarting.it/en/calendario/07102018/28-trofeo-d-autunno-final

JMMC wishes him good luck for a safe and successful event.

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Jamaican representative Alex Powell's qualifying effort was frustrated by the wrong tyre choice in damp conditions during the Autumn Trophy Final qualifying session at the South Garda Karting circuit in Italy.

After posting the fastest lap times in the two official practice sessions before qualifying, expectations were high for Alex. Rain put a damper on proceedings, ensuring that qualifying would be slower than the blistering times Alex laid down in practice. The team opted for "wets" on Alex's kart, which turned out to be the wrong choice on a drying track, relegating Alex to 13th quickest, which is the position he will start from for tomorrow's first Heat.

The race format for Alex's Mini ROK class will be two Heats, a pre-Final and Final, leaving Alex with a lot of work to do if he is to start close to the front for the Final in his quest for a podium finish. Moral is high in the team as they recognize that Alex has shown he has the speed for the task at hand.

Alex's (Jamaica time) race day schedule is:

1:28am Warm-Up
4:12am Heat 1
6:27am Heat 2
8:30am Pre-Final
11:59am Final

Event timing and live feed can be found at https://www.southgardakarting.it/en/calendario/07102018/28-trofeo-d-autunno-final

JMMC wishes him good luck for a safe and successful event.

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With the Jamaican flag flying high on a stadium flagpole, Jamaican representative Alex Powell caught everyone's attention with his drives from mid-pack to the front during Sunday's racing at the Autumn Trophy Final at the South Garda Karting circuit in Italy.

Starting from 13th on the grid with only two Heats before a single Final, Alex needed good finishes in order to have a chance at the front in the Final. In Heat 1 Alex was initially hampered when passing, which allowed the leader to extend his gap to the pack while impressive overtaking saw Alex secure a 2nd place finish. In Heat 2 Alex stormed to the front by the fourth lap, capped by a breathtaking passing maneuver from 3rd to 1st and never looked back, securing the win and enough points to start the Final fourth on the grid.

A bad start in the Final dropped Alex to 5th for three laps. He moved to 4th the following lap, then into 3rd position on lap five. For four laps it seemed that he would be able to hold off his hard charging teammate Kimi Anotnelli, but Antonelli passed Alex on the 9th lap to claim the final step on the podium by the narrowest of margins; less than 8/100ths of a second ahead of Alex.

It wasn't quite the result the team had hoped for, but it has proven to be an excellent event in preparation for the ROK Cup International World Finals this coming weekend.

"He has gotten over his disappointment and he's okay now, getting into a positive zone already" said his father John Powell.

"Fourth out of 96 drivers isn't bad, but the real race is coming up this weekend." said Alex, as he looks forward to the World Finals.

JMMC wishes him good luck for a safe and successful event.

Pictured with Alex, right; his teammate Kimi Antonelli.


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