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Jamie Mackay races his way to victory in the Scottish kart Super Series


By Jean Gunn

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Jamie Mackay (right) proudly holding the 'A' plate and his trophy after Gordon Donaldson made the presentation. Picture: Kenne McKenzie.
Jamie Mackay (right) proudly holding the 'A' plate and his trophy after Gordon Donaldson made the presentation. Picture: Kenne McKenzie.

Halkirk kart driver Jamie Mackay (23) has won the Scottish karting Super Series senior max 177 class title after securing the most points over rounds at three circuits.

The Super Series is raced over rounds at three Association of Scottish Kart Clubs (ASKC) registered circuits – Grampian Kart Club at Boyndie in Banff, the East of Scotland Kart Club, Crail in Fife, and his local club, North of Scotland Kart Club based at Golspie. Each competitor is awarded points in the three heats and final of each round, depending on where they are placed.

At the first round at Boyndie in the middle of June he had engine power issues but managed to get four second places, while at the second round, held at Crail at the beginning of last month, he was placed first in all three heats and although he had contact with another kart in the final he still managed third place.

Jamie taking part in the Super Series. Picture: Jake Smith
Jamie taking part in the Super Series. Picture: Jake Smith

His father Jay Mackay, also a keen kart driver and the present chairman of the North of Scotland Kart Club, said: "You have to have a bit of skill to race at all three clubs."

He explained that at the final round in Golspie at the end of August, Jamie, who has been racing for about seven years, just needed to finish in front or one place behind his nearest competitor in the championship to win.

In the first heat Jamie finished third but was promoted to second when another competitor jumped the start, while in the next heat he finished second and then went on to finish first in the third heat.

Jamie Mackay showing his skills on the track.
Jamie Mackay showing his skills on the track.

He decided to play it safe in the final and just finish. Jay said: "He was racing in third place and was going to move up but he had a soft front tyre so just settled for third and that was enough to win the championship."

This means the young driver, who won by five points, is now entitled to proudly wear the Scottish 'A' plate on his kart number for the next year to signify his achievement. The 'A' stands for Alba.

If the new sticker arrives soon Jamie will be able to put it on his kart in time for the next race at Golspie at the end of the month.

Jamie, assistant vice-chairman of the North of Scotland Kart Club, also finished third in the Scottish championships this year.


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