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Coetzee conquers MSA Academy

Cape Town kart racer Jason Coetzee quite literally came, saw and conquered the all-new MSA Academy karting class against a quality field at the Laserfische Raceway in Vereeniging on Saturday. The new class is a landmark for South African karting in that competitors use identical engines equipment drawn out of a hat at the beginning of the weekend, versus the usual practice of chasing horsepower to win.

Despite missing pole position by seven-thousandths of a second and ending a close second to old rival, Gauteng driver Cameron O’Connor in the opening two races, Coetzee bounced back to take a pair of comfortable wins in the third and fourth races, to take the day. “I’m more than just happy with how the weekend went,” Jason admitted. “It was great to go up to Gauteng and beat the locals there — now we just need to do it again at the Max nationals back in Vereeniging later in March!”

“I really enjoyed racing in the MSA Academy too — it’s definitely the best class to race because everything is fair and I’m looking forward to the next round.” Jason is meanwhile preparing for double-duty in the second round of the Western Cape Karting Championship Saturday 11 March, where he is keen to improve on his last meeting results.

“I will race both Junior and Senior Max at Killarney again - I won all three races in Junior last time, but Senior got a bit rough. “My aim is to win all six races in one day - three Junior heats and three Senior - it may be a bit more difficult than it sounds, but I certainly will try!”