Season start Roks, Max weekend next

NOTE - the 4 March Vereeniging Northern Regions Karting races have been postponed until further notice

The Vereeniging Kart Club’s season has started with a bang, with the inaugural Rok Cup races going down at the Laserfische Raceway this past Saturday and the second round of the Northern Regions Championship coming up this weekend. Then two weeks later, the Club will host the first round of the South African National Karting Championship on Human Rights Monday 20 March.

This past weekend drew competitors from around the country to the brand new Gauteng-based Rok Cup races, which included something of a watershed moment for South African karting in the first running of the MSA Academy class, where karters will race the entire season using identical equipment and engines drawn out of a hat.

It was a good day for Cape Town visitors as Durbanville lads, double winner Jason Coetzee and Charl Visser sandwiched local ace and another double winner over the four-heat MSA Academy raceday, second-placed Cameron O’Connor in the top three. Wayland Wyman was third from Kwanda Mokoena and another Cape visitor, JP Hamman in sixth.

The local drivers among them will be split over two classes at this weekend’s Northern Regions races, where early championship leader O’Connor will face off against Durbanite Daniel Duminy, Oliver Gunner, karting heroine Shannon Jackson, Joshua Dias and Tiago Rebello in Senior Max, while Blaine Rademeyer will tackle two more incredibly capable karting lasses, Tiffany Napier and Cameron Dias; world Mini `Rok champion Jayden Els, Wyman and Christiaan Van Wyk in Junior Max.

The past weekend’s Mini Rok action saw Paulshof lightie Kwanda Mokoena score three of the four wins to take the day over Leyton Fourie, with race 3 winner Saood Variawa next up ahead of Cape visitors Kai van Zijl and Kyle Visser, and Muhammad Wally. Fourie heads to Zwartkops leading both the Mini Rok and Mini Max Northern Regions championships.

Fourie leads the way in NR Mini Rok from Variawa, Mokoena and Anthony Pretorius and ahead of Daniel de Paiva, Jarrod Waberski and Aqil Alibhai in the rival Mini Max series heading, while Jordan Brooks heads to the Vaal ahead of Joshua de Paiva, Aqil Alibhai and Bjorn Bertholdt in the third senior-primary school Maxterino class. 

Getting back to the past weekend’s Rok action, Simile Zamxaka took junior-primary Micro Rok honours from Ashton Martin, Giovanne Otto and Mohammed Moerat, who now heads to the weekend’s V-Town Northern Regions races leading Jayden Goose, Judd Bertholdt, Hriday Pooren and Caleb Cotterell in the early Northern Regions Micro Max title chase.

Last Saturday’s Rok Cup 125 GP Superkart action saw Nathan Parkins leading a star-studded result ahead of Luca Munaretto, Connor Rogers and Kyle Lawrence, while Paulo Dias beat Wayne Masters and Miguel Dias to 125 GP honours. Lawrence meanwhile heads back to Vereeniging for this weekend’s NR races leading Michael Pringle and Matthew Adams in that 125GP title chase. 

Another new class to make its Rok Cup debut this past weekend, was the gentleman’s Rok Warrior class, where Kenny Garcia beat  Michael Hawcroft and Johan van der Walt to maiden victory.

This coming weekend also sees the DD2 gearbox karts racing at Vereeniging’s Northern Regions round, where Marouan Selmi takes on regular stalwarts Michael Buchholz, Ronaldo Baptista and Eugene Gous, while young guns; the pretty Ivana Cetinich, Brandon Smith and Cameron O’Connor will be out to stem the Masters tide.

The baby under-8 Cadets will provide thrills at the other end of the karting spectrum, where the dominant Luke Hill takes on the likes of Wian Boshoff, Anthon Lombard, Cyril Jacobs, Rayn Asmaland Tshepang Shisinwana.

The Vereeniging Kart Track is on van Riebeeck Street, Vereeniging next to the Vaal Show Grounds, left off the Boy Louw Street off-ramp heading south on the R59 Vereeniging freeway. Warm-up starts early Saturday 5 November followed by qualifying and first races starting late morning; scrumptious refreshments are on sale at the circuit and entrance is free — sounds like proper day’s entertainment.