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‘Karting presidency has been a challenge’

Still having fun: Bermuda Karting Club president Bilal Binns

Bilal Binns admits it can be a challenge racing while also fulfilling his duties as the Bermuda Karting Club president.

Binns, who succeeded Scott Barnes as the BKC president in May, has endured a tough season in the Tag Senior class, but is hoping for an improvement when racing returns to the Rubis Southside Raceway next weekend.

“It’s a little difficult racing and being president at the same time,” Binns said. “Issues come up at the track and you have to shift from being a racer to being the president. Thankfully, I have a good pit hand, Michael Corrado, who looks after my kart. I expected [the presidency] to be a big role and knew it would require a lot of my time.”

Binns said he has been helped greatly by Barnes and Jason North, the race director.

“I couldn’t ask for more from them,” he said. “Jason’s role is even more important than mine on race days. I wouldn’t oppose to stepping back up as president [next season]. We’ll see what happens.”

Binns believes he has been on the receiving of some bad luck this season.

“I’ve had what Mr Corrado calls ‘the Gremlins’. The last race day, the battery was dead before practice ... before qualifying the steering wheel was knocked loose. I suffered a bent axle in the first heat, struck a barrier in the second and in the third heat, my air box fell off. I’m still having fun, though!”

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