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O’Connor wins on car & kart debuts

They say that karting is a brilliant racing playground — just mention Max Verstappen and all of the top race drivers in the world to justify that. But to win two South African championships in two years — and those being the vastly different primary school 60cc Maxterino title in 2015 and the doubly difficult 125cc high school Junior Max crown in 2016, is proof of a special talent — and that’s exactly what Cameron O’Connor did.

Now the Gauteng East Rand 15-year old has gone two steps further — not only winning Senior Max on his open class debut at Zwartkops’ Northern Regions kart opener last weekend, but also putting his Formula Ford on pole position on his first ever main circuit race in Formula Monoposto at Midvaal the week prior, before going on to win the second race of the day on his clutch and gears racing debut.

“We entered Midvaal to learn about racing single seaters, so I was quite surprised to put it on pole position!” Real Me Edenvale Grade 9 scholar Cameron explained. “Unfortunately I fluffed my first-ever clutch start and I dropped back a little, but I still finished second in the first race. “The second race was awesome and I won from the front. “I am absolutely delighted with that!” 

Cameron’s first karting regional of the year also went very well as he took two race wins to one to take Senior Max for the day and also drove home fourth in DD2. “I had a good dice with Daniel Duminy throughout the day so I am chuffed to have won on my Senior debut. “DD2 was a bit more of a challenge — my kart is packed with lead ballast and we need to find the right set-up there, but I have the best mechanics on the grid in Cleopas Mbawa and Prince, never mind Etienne Roos and RKT’s help, so bring it on! "

O’Connor is set for a busy season ahead racing both Senior Max and DD2 karts and the national Investchem Formula Ford championship when he steps up to the new wings and slicks series Killarney’s first national race 25 March. “I have had a great start to the year,” Cameron concluded. “I’m under no illusions that the nationals will be a lot tougher in the open karting classes, never mind in Formula Ford, but as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained and we can’t wait for the rest of the season!”