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Ryan Rebello puts in a good shift as karting returns

Dominant force: Ryan Rebello claimed a clean sweep of victories in the Shifter Class to extend his advantage at the top of the standings

Ryan Rebello picked up where he left off at the Southside Raceway in the fourth round of the Bermuda Karting Club National Championships on Sunday.

Having been on hiatus since mid-November, owing to a winter break and enforced interruption because of government Covid-19 restrictions, action returned to the track, albeit under restricted circumstances.

With guidelines now allowing a maximum of 25 people at a gathering, racing took place over two sessions with only competitors and mechanics permitted. Safety measures were also taken in the form of social distancing being undertaken and masks worn.

Having dominated much of the first three rounds, Rebello further cemented his place at the top of the Shifter class standings, clinching a clean sweep of victories across all three heats. In all three races, Blake Horseman secured second place with Jorja Thomas settling for third place.

Meanwhile, in the Modified Shifter class, Shannon Caisey prevailed against Ben Savill in all three races throughout the afternoon.

It also proved a perfect outing for Nile Bean, who swept the Tag Junior class with three successive wins. Jayden Brimmer finished in second place in all three races with Nathan DeCosta completing the podium in each.

While there was also a clean sweep of wins in the Tag Senior class where Scott Barnes overcame Brian Bulhoes in each of the heats, the well-contested L206 Seniors class proved slightly more competitive.

Barnes picked up his fourth first place of the afternoon, prevailing in the first heat ahead of Rian Lindo with Jeff Sousa completing the top three.

The latter two found themselves in the top three again in the second heat with Lindo claiming victory ahead of David Barbosa, while Sousa once again settled for third place. Building on that momentum, Lindo wrapped up proceedings with another win in the final heat, again ahead of Barbosa, with Barnes this time completing the podium.

“We managed to get the whole race day completed and it was good to be bale to get back to racing,” said Barnes, the Bermuda Karting Club president. “It’s been almost two months since some of the drivers have been able to race, so it was great to be back out on the track after so long.

“To stay within government guidelines, we split racing up and after the morning session finished those guys packed and left and the next set of drivers and mechanics arrived.

“It was a shame to have no fans present but we had to do what was needed to get racing back under way. Hopefully, things continue to improve and we can get back to a more normal race day soon. But until then we will do whatever is required to remain on track.”

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Published January 27, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 26, 2021 at 7:09 pm)

Ryan Rebello puts in a good shift as karting returns

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