Close battle underway for top of new go-kart league

| 24/05/2010

CNS): Organisers at the new go-kart track off Sparky’s Drive in George Town have announced the start of the sport’s new corporate league. The first two rounds of races have already been held in a competition that will bring together 120 people representing 20 local companies over an 8 week season. With he dust had settled on round two a close four way fight is already underway for the top spot. Premier Wines, LRPF Walkers, Maples Skidmarks and Team Parker’s are all only a point apart from each other. A second grouping of B Bandits B, Team Valvoline and Harney’s sits just behind the leaders. (Left Jenny Deacon)

 
Each round involves a series of 50 lap races with 4 team members having to drive a minimum of 10 laps each and each team has to field at least one female in their team. Additional points are given for qualifying in pole position as well as for the team setting the fastest lap of the race.
 
In the second round races of the AI Group Corporate Karting League spectators were treated to some high quality racing. The first race pitted LRPF Walkers and Team Parker’s, placed second and third in the league, against each other. Team Parker’s, the only team in the league to race two females in their team, took the points for Pole Position and Fastest Lap, but lost out in the end to a confident performance by the Walkers Team. McAlpine Flyers took a creditable third position pushing the Maples team into fourth.
 
The second race saw four of the top five fastest karters on island competing and did not disappoint. The tight battle between league leaders Premier Wines and Butterfield’s ‘B Bandits B’ produced the two fastest lap times of the month with Butterfield taking the points for their fastest lap of 31.228s while Premier Wine’s consistency earned them race victory.   For the second consecutive race a McAlpine team registered third and pushed a Maples team into fourth. The Ernst & Young team finished a disappointing fifth.
 
Race three saw the clever pit stop strategy of the Maples Finance team earn them victory over Butterfield’s ‘B Bandits A’ team. Maples Skidmarks had chosen to go with a series of early pit stops and then a long stint for their final driver which saw them progress through the pack to snatch victory over Butterfield with a controversial overtaking manoeuvre just before the end of the race. Team F1 edged home in third just ahead of an improving Mourant outfit.
 
The final race of round two involved a tight tussle between Team Valvoline and Harney’s which lasted the full 50 laps with numerous lead changes. Team Valvoline emerged triumphant although an impressive qualifying performance from Eurocar Cayman 1 prevented Valvoline from a clean sweep of the race points.
 
League racing continues under floodlights every Tuesday from 7-9pm with round three setting the top two teams in the league race against each other. Any teams wishing to sign up for the summer league should e-mail info@caymankarting.com. General information on karting is available at www.caymankarting.com.
 
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