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Issa, Sirgany impress in Florida

Published: Thursday | August 18, 2011

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

Jamaica’s Thomas Issa and Justin Sirgany stole the spotlight at last weekend’s Spring event, held at the Homestead Go-Kart Track in Florida, United States.

Making his debut in the Rotax Junior Class, Issa turned in a classy performance when he qualified on pole, won the pre-final, then returned later to take the chequered flag in the finals.

“I think it was an outstanding performance by the young karter. He was competing in that class for the first time and won the pre-final and finals. This is his best performance on the Florida circuit,” commented Peter Rae, Issa’s driving coach.

The Campion College schoolboy is now looking to this weekend’s double-header at the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston, where karters will be using the occasion to qualify for next month’s Pan Am Max Challenge Finals, which is dubbed ‘The Olympics of Kart Racing’.

Nine-year-old Justin Sirgany of St Andrew Preparatory stunned his rivals in the Micro Max Class. After an impressive run in the pre-final, the youngster took the chequered flag in the finals.

“As a country, I think we did really well. Thomas (Issa) was impressive. He won the Rotax Junior event, pulling away from them. It was just unbelievable,” said Ricky Sirgany, Justin’s uncle.

In the meantime, Bill Wright, promoter of Formula Kart Production of the United States, which has exclusive rights to the Florida Winter Tour series, arrived in the island earlier this week to oversee this weekend’s race meet.

He has been influential in getting the respective entities to use Jamaica as the venue for the 2012 Pan American Rotax Max Challenge Go-Kart Championship finals.

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