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Rivalries resume at Southside Raceway

Helping hand: Bermuda Karting Club came together to clear three truckloads of rubbish from the surrounding area of Clearwater Beach on Saturday

Racing resumes at the Rubis Southside Raceway with the third round of the Bermuda Karting Club National Championships campaign on Sunday.

After last weekend’s first instalment of the Trophy Series Championship, attention turns back to national championship action with rivalries resuming across the six fiercely fought classes.

Ryan Rebello will be aiming to further stamp his authority on the Shifter Class having enjoyed a dominant start to the season. Picking up from two wins out of the three in the season opener, Rebello finished the second round with a flawless record, taking his tally to five wins from six so far.

Despite holding a commanding lead in the early standings, Rebello will be wary of the continual challenge from ever-improving rivals Blake Horseman and Jorja Thomas.

Another racer who was firmly in the driving seat last time out was Jason North, who will be keen to build on the momentum of three successive victories in round two in the bumper L206 Seniors Class.

Having missed the season opener, North more than made up for lost time, finishing the weekend with a perfect record. However, in Rian Lindo, who claimed two heat victories in the first round, and David Barbosa, who has claimed a number of podium finishes, North faces stiff competition.

Barbosa could also feature in the L206 Masters class, where he will again attempt to halt the early-season dominance of Robert Wheatley.

The most intriguing and arguably fiercest rivalries are in the Tag Junior Class with Jauza James, Nile Bean and Jayden Brimmer battling for supremacy.

James finds himself in the early-season ascendancy but Brimmer and Bean have both enjoyed heat success this season to stay in touching distance of the class leader.

Club president Scott Barnes will be out to tighten his grip on the Tag Senior Class, while Sunday should also see the continued progress of the Cadet Class.

For the first time in three years, the class was included within a race day a fortnight ago as Junah Moniz and Isaiah Greene gained their first taste of competitive karting.

Meanwhile, the club spent Saturday morning helping to clear rubbish from the surrounding area of Clearwater Beach. With the assistance of the Keep Bermuda Beautiful charity, three truckloads of rubbish were cleared from the area.

“Bermuda Karting Club were proud to partner with our major track sponsor Rubis and be able to do something like this to give back to the community,” Barnes said.

Action on Sunday starts at 11.30am. Spectators are free to watch from outside the fencing or can gain access into the pits for a $5 entry fee.

Anyone interested in getting started in karting can contact the club via e-mail at bermudakartingclub@yahoo.com or by phoning Scott Barnes on 505-1611.

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Published November 13, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated November 12, 2020 at 7:37 pm)

Rivalries resume at Southside Raceway

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