Debut Micro Max victory for little Moerat
He may be one of the youngest drivers in his class at all of seven years old and he only drove his new Praga kart in the bigger class for the first time a week ago, but none of that would prevent 2016 Cadet champion Mohammed Moerat from racing to debut victory in 2017’s Northern Regions Mini Max season opener at Zwartkops on Saturday.
“I am very, very happy with today’s result,” the little guy they call Momo admitted. “I only drove a Micro Max kart three times before today and I am on pace already, but even more important is that I won my first race in the class!”
Mohammed qualified third, but was soon up to second, where he’d stay for the rest of the first race. But the kart that won was excluded, to hand Momo that debut Micro Max race win. Mohammed started race 2 in second, where he became embroiled in a tight battle up front before moving into a lead he would not relinquish on lap 5, going on to win by six-tenths of a second.
Mohammed started the finale in second, where he stayed as he stalked leader Jayden Goosen down until pouncing to take the lead on lap 7. Moerat then became immersed in a battle for the lead with the highly experienced Joshua de Paiva and Goosen, the two of whom he ultimately followed home to third. His two earlier wins were however enough to see Mohammed to a handy six-point overall victory on his debut in the Micro Max class.
“I still have so much to learn about this kart, so I’m sure it will get even better, especially with the support of Shaheen Goolam and Derrick Irving of Praga South Africa and my dad,” Mohammed concluded. “I really can’t wait for the rest of the season.” The next round of the Northern Regions championship happens at Vereeniging Kart Track on 04 March.