Pitzer powers into World pre-finals
Mozambican kart hero Karl Pitzer did his country proud when he powered into the pre finals of the CIK-FIA Junior World Kart Championships in Bahrain over the weekend, even though the Maputo kid was slowed by an overheating engine in the end.
“We went to Bahrain to learn and to compete and to be honest, even if it did not turn out to be the best of races for me, we achieved far more than we expected to just get in to that pre final,” Karl explained. “We knew that the level of competition was extreme at this level and we knew that we lacked the necessary experience in the class, so we were there to learn and learn we certainly did.
“I made a very good start and gained some positions among the mayhem of the first three corners and then gained a few more positions, but then the engine got too hot and I had to slow down a little. “I thought I should just carry on and the engine came back on song after about the eighth lap, so I finished 28th in my heat, which makes it 56th overall among the world’s best.
“Only 17 karts went through, so I never got into the final, but it was so special to be the reason that the Mozambique national flag was flying among all the flags of the world there and I am proud to have raced for my country — especially since I managed to qualify for the pre final.
“Thanks so much to everyone who made this dream come true for me — we learned so much from this experience and we will do things differently in future — bring it on!”