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Jamaican Junior karters Thomas (Tommi) Gore, Ryan Chisholm and Zander Williams are presently in Barbados for the first rounds of the inaugural Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy.

Held at the Bushy Park circuit, the Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy will feature karters from host nation Barbados as well as Guyana and Jamaica racing over six rounds contested by racers aged from 11 to 15 at three double-headers on January 12/13, February 2/3 and March 2/3.

In addition to the racing on the weekend, all karters in the CJKAT series will benefit from a team of FIA-accredited Regional Training Providers (RTP) who will conduct a two-day programme of training at Bushy Park Barbados on Thursday and Friday, January 10/11, ahead of the opening round of the Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy (CJKAT). Three experienced motor sport professionals, led by Dubai Grand Prix Clerk of the Course Ronan Morgan, Morgan’s Deputy Clerk Gordon Mellis, a kart racing expert, and former F1 driver Tommy Byrne complete, who will work with the karters registered for the new series, along with a number of the island’s volunteer officials and marshals.

The JMMC wish Tommi, Ryan and Zander good luck for a safe and successful race weekend.

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Christopher “Teach” McFarlane reporting for the JMMC on Thursday’s progress for Jamaican Juniors Thomas (Tommi) Gore, Ryan Chisholm and Zander Williams: “This afternoon was good and bad. One engine didn’t work so it had to be changed, all your boys were fast in the last session but the person to beat for them will be Maloney who was very fast.”

“Tommi had a moment to battle and it made Tommi faster and matching times for 3 laps, however consistency fell and Maloney checked out.”

“Young Chisholm is driving well and should be competitive on times, however needs a little more track time to get the lines right. Young Williams was also fast and has to also get the lines sorted.”

“They all need more seat time in the Direct-Drive Karts, which seem to have quite a bit of torque. Tommi though sounded very positive at the end of his final session.”

“The challenge is none our guys have fitted weights as yet. Once the weight is fitted to their karts and all other karts we will see how the times go in the afternoon tomorrow (Friday).”

The JMMC thank Teach for his report, and wish Tommi, Ryan and Zander good luck for a safe and successful race weekend.

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Jamaica’s 2018 JKA Junior Champion Tommi Gore topped the unofficial timing sheets on Friday at the Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy currently being held at the Bushy Park circuit in Barbados, with fellow Jamaicans Ryan Chisholm and Zander Williams firmly rounding out the Top 5.

Tommi, Ryan and Zander are being assisted by the support team of Donnie Lawson, Neil Williams, Peter Rae, Debra Gore and JMMC Envoy Christopher “Teach” McFarlane. Qualifying and all races of Round 1 of the CJKAT series will take place today.

JMMC wish them good luck for a safe and successful event.

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Ryan Chisholm’s consistent driving saw him emerge third in points after Saturday’s Round 1 of the Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy. Tommi Gore and Zander Williams rounded out the Top 5 positions, with a bit of bad luck in the Final contributing significantly to Gore not being higher placed overall.

After qualifying in 3rd at the Bushy Park circuit in Barbados, solid finishes of 5th, 2nd and 5th in the three Heats laid the foundation for Chisholm’s podium quest in the Final. An almost explicable exhaust failure on Tommi’s kart resulted in Tommi being Disqualified at Technical Inspection after crossing the line in 2nd place at the end of the Final, elevating Ryan to 3rd.

For much of the day, Tommi led the charge for the Jamaicans. He qualified 4th before recording 2nd, 1st and 3rd place finishes the the Heats, earning a front row starting position. Midway through the race, the silencer broke loose and was ejected sideways from the exhaust system in spectacular fashion. The resulting loss of weight meant that Tommi was declared underweight at post-race Technical Inspection and disqualified from the results. The team attempted to protest but the Stewards advised that the rules were clear, even though Tommi was using a part provided and mandated by the organizers themselves. The DQ meant zero points for Tommi, dropping him from 2nd overall to 4th.

Zander Williams was a model of consistency all day, qualifying 6th before recording 4th, 4th, 4th and 4th places in the three heats and Final. He is currently in a solid 5th place in the points standings.

JMMC congratulate all three drivers for their performances.

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Well done Team Jamaica   [2thumbsup]

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Ryan Chisholm showed on Sunday that he has the speed to go along with his consistency, posting the quickest lap time in Qualifying and claiming Pole position at Round 2 of the Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy at the Bushy Park circuit in Barbados.

Unbothered by the reverse direction of racing on Sunday, Chisholm signaled his intentions early by putting himself firmly on Pole position. Despite a bad start in Heat 1 he maintained composure to finish 4th.

The reverse grid Heat 2 saw Chisholm storming his way through the field from the back of the pack, making his way to 4th position with a few laps to go while a separate incident involving another karter resulted in a local yellow in one corner. However, the marshal at the following corner failed to display a green flag, leading Ryan to believe that the entire course was under caution, therefore meaning he could not pass any other kart. Even though he was faster than the karts in front of him he maintained position so as not to be penalized. In post-race debrief, he explained his dilemma to his grandfather Donnie, who then questioned the Stewards. The Stewards confirmed that Ryan was correct and admitted that the marshal erred by not signalling the green flag but then declared that nothing could be done. Ryan had to settle for 4th.

With momentum on his side after a 2nd place finish in Heat 3, in the Final fate struck a cruel blow while Ryan was seeking the win; his bumper became dislodged after putting a wheel off the track and unfortunate contact from behind by teammate Tommi Gore. The black flag signaled the end of his race while still in 3rd with open opportunity to pass the two karts in front. He was eventually credited with 13th position, but importantly scored enough points to remain 3rd overall in the Championship.

Tommi Gore’s run of bad luck that struck in Saturday’s Final continued on Sunday. After qualifying 4th, he finished 3rd in Heat 1. A 10th place finish in Heat 2 included a post-race time penalty for a bumper infraction and Heat 3 produced a similar 10th place finish after being hit by another spinning karter. Although driving the entire Final with his fuel tank vent hose spewing gas onto his racing suit, his 3rd place in the Final helped secure 4th place in the overall Championship points standings.

Racing in Junior karts for the first time, Zander Williams solidified his Top 5 points position from Saturday. “Zander had a fantastic learning experience this weekend” reports Neil Williams. “The karts were bigger, heavier and much faster…he performed way above everybody’s expectations and was able to be very competitive. We are very proud of his performance and his ability to learn so quickly. Looking forward to him doing even better at the next round of the Championship.” Zander sits 5th in the overall Championship.

JMMC congratulate all three drivers for their performances. They return to Barbados for Rounds 3 & 4 on February 2nd & 3rd.

Pictured: Tommi Gore in kart #J04. Zander Williams with his kart #J09. Ryan Chisholm being interviewed by TVJ’s Sam Allen after arriving back in Jamaica on Monday.

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