Ryan Rebello and Scott Barnes reign supreme in third round of karting championship
Ryan Rebello and Scott Barnes were at their dominant best during the third round of the Bermuda Karting Club National Championships at Southside Raceway on Sunday.
Having won five out of the first six races in this season’s Shifter Class, Rebello further cemented his supremacy with another perfect outing, albeit with a slice of good fortune.
The first heat saw Rebello lead from start to finish to take a comfortable victory ahead of Blake Horseman, who blitzed his way through the pack having started at the back, and Ryan Burgess.
Jorja Thomas got herself in the ascendancy in the second heat, leading for the first 13 laps ahead of Shannon Cassey and Rebello. Cassey and Rebello were then involved in a collision on the final lap as the latter made contact, but it was only the former who spun out, allowing Rebello to eventually pass Thomas on the final lap to take another win.
Because of St John Ambulance having to leave the track early, the third heats of the Shifter, LO206 Senior and Tag Junior classes had to be missed and will be made up on the next race day.
“Ryan Rebello is showing good speed in Shifter class but young driver Blake Horsemen is coming on strong,” said club president Barnes.
“Jorja Tomas is also is getting faster and almost won her first race Sunday. I think she would have if it wasn’t for a contact move from Ryan on Shannon to be able to eventually catch Jorja on the last lap.”
Barnes himself enjoyed a perfect race day, dominating the field across two different classes.
In the bumper L206 Seniors class involving 14 karts, Barnes took the chequered flag in both heats, finishing ahead of David Barbosa and Rian Lindo in the first race, and ahead of Horseman and Lindo in the second.
Barnes continued that momentum in Tag Senior Class, winning all three heats, with Bilal Binns and Brian Bulhoes finishing second and third respectively in the three races.
“My goal was to get six wins for my six, but I managed to get five from five,” Barnes said. “The 206 Senior is the biggest and most competitive class in the club right now, so it feels good to be winning those races.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to push forward as the season moves on.”
Races proved far more competitive in the L206 Masters Class between Robert Wheatley, Kenneth Harrison and Bobby DaCosta.
Heat one resulted in Wheatley taking the chequered flag ahead of Harrison, before DaCosta roared back in style to win the second heat. Wheatley settled for second, with Harrison completing the order.
Only one heat was completed in the Tag Junior class, where Jauza James claimed victory ahead of Nathan DaCosta and Nile Bean with Jayden Brimmer in fourth.
Fresh from their first taste of competitive karting in round two of the championship, Junah Moniz and Isaiah Daniels-Greene returned to action and were joined by new driver Syah Pedro.
The day was to belong to Daniels-Greene, who won both heats, with Moniz and Pedro finishing second and third respectively in both.
“As president, it’s great to see the club growing,” Barnes added.
“We had 36 karts last race day and 35 karts this race day. In the last two seasons, we were seeing 22 karts at most, so it’s great to see drivers coming out and new junior drivers getting into the sport.”
Action returns to the Southside Raceway on December 6.