Karting is the new recreation that
is capturing the attention of casual racers without burning a whole in their
Over 200 drivers are taking part in
the AI Group Summer Corporate Karting League being held at the Cayman Karting
track off Sparky’s Drive. In an
extremely competitive season Cayman Airways took the initial lead before
Deloitte seized control. Now at the halfway point of the ten race season the
table is topped by two law firms: Harneys hold the lead, whilst Maples sit two
points behind them.
The first five weeks of the league
have seen some tight, competitive racing with record lap times, a variety of
pit-stop strategies, controversial manoeuvres and a couple of disqualifications.
This league has also involved racing on the reverse track for the first time
which has presented a whole new challenge for drivers.
The change of track has, however, only reinforced the reputation of the fastest
karters on island with the lap record being swapped around the same individuals
it was on the regular track: Daron McLean, George Manderson and Alexander
Conolly. Manderson is the current holder
and the only person to have driven the reverse track in under 31 seconds.
Last week’s fifth round of races
saw the top two teams, Harneys and Maples, face off on the track. After a
particularly feisty battle including each team spinning the other off the track
in the early stages the pace of Kieron O’Rourke and Jenny Deacon saw Harneys
emerge victorious and steal the league lead from Maples.
Team Valvoline sit menacingly in
third place and after a shaky start are looking increasingly confident in their
quest to depose the lawyers from the top of the table. They combine the out and
out speed of Ajoni Ambersley with the local racing pedigree of Keith Tibbetts
and consistency throughout the rest of the team. Team Parker’s and Automotive
Art sit in fourth and fifth positions and are littered with more of the
island’s racing veterans including Bobby Hulse, Michael Weatherford, Andy
Bodden, the Kirkconnell brothers as well as three representatives from the
In sixth place Deloitte sit first
amongst accountancy rivals. The pace of Michael Pearson and Andy Childe helped
secured a couple of early wins for the team.
KPMG occupy twelth and fifteenth spots with their two teams and Ernst
and Young sit just behind them in sixteenth.
The format of the league is a
series of 50 lap races with each team having to use three pit stops to change
over their four drivers. A minimum of one female must drive for each team each
week although Harneys have shown their strength in depth by winning races with
two females in their team.
League racing continues on Monday
and Tuesday nights. A Premier League will run from September to November and a
Winter Corporate League will start in December. For those who haven’t made it
down to the track yet Saturday 21 August is the perfect opportunity. For one evening
only racers can have the chance to try karting for only $9.99. It is a
drive of 10 laps and it’s a time trial.
There will be music and food as well as two Cayman Airways tickets to any of
their destinations up for grabs.
More details are available at