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Karting reaches finish line after stop-start season

Deserved recognition: Jason North stands on top of the podium after being declared the champion of the LO206 Senior Class from the Bermuda Karting Club 2019-20 season awards night

The Bermuda Karting Club was finally able to bring a difficult season to a close after hosting its 2019-20 awards evening at Spanish Point Boat Club on Saturday.

The club had to endure a turbulent campaign in which Hurricane Humberto brought the first major disruption, damaging parts of the track, before the Covid-19 pandemic halted the season prematurely in March.

Despite missing out on five race days, the committee agreed to still declare champions of each racing class with the winners finally honoured at the weekend.

Jorja Thomas picked up the honours in the Tag Junior Class, finishing ahead of Jauza James and Jaydon Malpas, while Stephen Corrado was named the Tag 125 Class champion ahead of Richard Walker-Talbot and Bilal Binns.

Travis Lewis scooped the award in the L206 Masters Class, beating Robert Wheatley and Patrick Stamper to the title. However, Stamper picked up a notable consolation after being presented with the rookie of the year award.

In the biggest division of the season, the L206 Senior Class, Jason North took the title ahead of club president Scott Barnes and Corrado.

Matthew Lines was also honoured on the night after picking up the club’s good sportsmanship award.

“Overall, it was a pretty crazy season,” Barnes said. “We got started late with Hurricane Humberto damaging the track and breaking all the fences. Three out of the first four race days were also then rained out.

“Then Covid hit, which cut short our season and we only managed to fit in nine out of 14 race days in total.

“It was slightly disappointing for some of the guys sitting in second and third place with five rounds remaining, but you can’t plan for something like the pandemic.

“Missing five races was disappointing and not being able to finish the season, but we decided to award titles nonetheless as a committee.

“On a positive note, it’s good to be back this year with more drivers returning and the season looking promising. Things look like we’re back heading in the right direction as a club.”

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Published November 24, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated November 23, 2020 at 8:13 pm)

Karting reaches finish line after stop-start season

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