KFC taps into go-kart racing with Mega Cup GP

- Handsome cash prizes on offer

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By Avenash Ramzan

Beharry Restaurant Holdings, through its Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise, has taken a dip into go-kart racing, partnering with Pure Racing and GT Motorsports to stage the inaugural KFC Mega Cup Grand Prix.

At the official launch on Friday afternoon at GT Motorsports, Albert Street and Thomas Lands, it was revealed that the alliance will see two events being held before the end of 2018.

The Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club sanctioned event will take place on November 18 and December 9 at the GT Motorsports track, and both will be day events, starting at 15:00h and concluding by 18:00h.

Four categories would be contested, namely Easy Cup Rookie, 60cc Kids Cup, X30 125cc Junior and X30 125cc Senior. Each race will consist of Qualifying (five laps), Pre-final (10-laps) and Final (20 laps).

The top three finishers in each category would be rewarded with trophies and cash prizes, specifically $40,000, $20,000 and $10,000 respectively.

The organisers would also be providing tyres to the competitors- one set red for Rookies and 60cc for both events, and two sets yellow for 125cc karts.

In announcing her company’s sponsorship, Wendy Fernandes, Restaurant General Manager of KFC’s Vlissengen Road branch, said motor-racing has become a major sporting event in Guyana and the future of the sport looks promising with the current generation of talented youths who are involved.

“KFC, in our commitment to supporting and developing our Guyanese reputation as producing world-class champions, has invested substantially to make this the biggest go-kart racing event ever,” Fernandes said.

She added, “We are confident the series of races will be an exciting exhibition of skills and competition that will result in a thrilling experience for all racers and race fans. We take this opportunity to wish the competitors well and we urge the fans to come out and experience the biggest go-kart racing event in the history of motor-racing in Guyana.”

Leah Alphonso of GT Motorsports said the entity is happy to partner with KFC and Pure Racing to host the first-ever Mega Cup GP.

“We are grateful for this opportunity given in this two-part series to promote motorsports, especially for the youths. We look forward to an exciting partnership, and competitive but safe racing in the KFC Mega Cup,” Alphonso told the gathering.

Anna Lisa Fraser- Phang, Administrator of Pure Racing, a family-oriented group with a common interest in motorsports, said the event is geared to provide an opportunity for the young talents in the sport to be exposed to competitive racing.

Fraser- Phang noted that karting is the foundation from which almost all top racers have emerged and the Pure Racing family is enthused to provide such an avenue for the next breed of Guyanese racers to prosper.

Cheryl Gonsalves of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports, said karting is moving in the right direction in Guyana and the club is keen on having more participation, especially among the younger ones.

She expressed gratitude to KFC for coming onboard as a sponsor and wished the organisers and racers well at the upcoming races.

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