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Maputo lad set to take on karting's best

Mozambican lad Karl Pitzer is enjoying a whirlwind karting year and it’s just about to be uprated to cyclone status. Africa and Mozambique champion Pitzer is headed for Bahrain to take on 100 of the world’s top under-16 drivers in the CIK-FIA Junior World Karting Championship 15-19 November.

“International karting rules change to reduced maximum ages for 2017, so this is the last race I can do in the Junior category,” Karl explained. “I am going to give it my absolute best as I will be competing against the World’s best in this one — we are told that this the highest level where one can race as a karting Junior.” 

The Maputo Escola Marginal grade 9 scholar who beat off South Africa’s finest to win the African Junior Max Open in September, also has the benefit of the experience of competing in the Junior Rok International Final in October. “I have complete confidence in my trackside and mechanical assistance of Richard Blom, Adelino Maposse and my dad, who’s made it all possible. “We make a great team — I am just a part of it so I really need to do it for the guys. 

“From what we can see, Sakhir is a tough track and the level of competition is even tougher, never mind that only a third of the karts will get through to the Final. “Either way I can’t wait to be on the grid!” Pitzer heads to Bahain as part of a Southern African Junior Team alongside SA drivers Stuart White, Jason Coetzee and Sebastian Boyd.