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Wortman, Ali set sights on karting titles

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Reza Ali maybe able to celebrate but Scott Wortman will be sweating with one race day left in the Karting Championships this year. Both men suffered blemishes during the penultimate race day of the season this past weekend at the Arima Race Club’s car park. In the Rotax International, Ali won only the final race, but it won’t seriously set back his pursuit of the title.

From the onset, he looked like he would be having a challenging day. In the qualifiers, he lost pole position to Enrique De Leon, who would then go on to win the first heat. De Leon had the best lap time 29.666 seconds and the fastest speed of 72.811km. In the second race, neither Ali nor De Leon could see what was coming. With no Shifter class, Kristian Boodoosingh returned to the Rotax International and won the second race. De Leon followed him in second place while Ali was distant in fourth spot. Boodoosingh clocked 29.746 seconds, which was the fastest lap of the race.

However, in the final race of the Rotax, the fight was back to between the familiar foes. Finally, Ali sprung to life and grabbed the initiative. He completed the 15 laps in a time of ten minutes, 23.453 seconds, which was seven seconds faster than De Leon in second. In addition to his third place in the second race, Justin Persad picked up a second third spot.

Still, Ali will be hard to push off from the top of the overall championship.

Among the Sportsman class, Wortman was expected to dominate the day. However, the qualifiers set the tone for what this class would be like throughout the afternoon. To get pole position, Wortman narrowly edged out Shane Shepperd by 0.137 seconds. The first heat took a similar path. Wortman and Shepperd battled over 15 laps, with the former taking first place with a 0.566 seconds time difference.

Like the Rotax, the shocker came in the second race, when out of nowhere Matthew Phillip stunned both karters to take the top spot. Shepperd pushed him all the way as Wortman also lurked closely behind, but Phillip held on for a rare victory. In the final race, both Wortman and Shepperd tussled again. Wortman completed the 15-lap race in 9 minutes and 11.108 seconds. Shepperd wasn’t far behind in second. Two out of three wins gives Wortman a big chance of copping the title at the final race day on November 26th.


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