Killarney karts set to thrill as always
Cape Town’s karters will be treating the second round of the WP regional karting championship Saturday 11 March as a pre-national in anticipation for the first round of the South African championships in Vereeniging two weeks later; from where some locals have also just returned following great weekends racing upcountry.
WP Junior Max champion Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic) was one of the drivers who had a great weekend in Gauteng, where he beat his Gauteng rivals to take an inaugural MSA Academy class victory to add to the trio of wins he enjoyed over Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight RKT Kosmic) in the opening WP 2017 high school races last time out.
Charl Visser (Charl Electrical Engineering Kosmic) was another driver to impress at the Vaal and he too, will be keen to turn the tables on Simon Simpson-Heath (S-H QS/SAKRA Kosmic), who beat fellow class debutant Visser to third last time out at home. Don’t rule out Dario Busi fresh from a great main circuit debut in GTi Challenge a few weeks back, Tyler Croy and Lanfear sisters Gabi and Jade.
Jason Coetzee will also be racing in the Senior Max class, where he will first have to overcome the on-form Luke Herring (RKT Kosmic), the always competitive Umpie Swart (EMR CRG) and WP champion Dino Stermin, never mind fellow class rookies Andrew Rackstraw and Reece Oellermann. Senior Max delivered fraught action last time out and nothing should be any different this time around.
Umpie Swart (EMR CRG) will be keen to repeat his triple victory in the DD2 class over Julian van der Watt (Zanardi) last time out, but Julian will have his number 1 engine in time on this weekend’s races and more than just keen to turn the tables on his old rival. Both must first beat Jonathan Thomas (Partners CRG), impressive DD2 rookie Andrew Rackstraw (CRG), Tristan de Nobrega (RDSA CRG), Christopher Vrettos and Fernando Rueda, as well as Masters drivers Ernst Viljoen (CRG) and David Walker.
Joseph Oelz (Kosmic) will be keen to continue his winning ways in his under-13 Mini Max, but he will have to deal with Kai Van Zyl (SAKRA Kosmic) and Tate Bishop (TPB Kosmic) fresh from positive trips to race Mini Rok at Vereeniging, while Sibo Solomon, Thaqib Meyer, Andre Le Riche and Luke Oellerman are all keen to move up onto the podium.
Bishop (TPB Kosmic) is out to repeat his three under-12 Maxterino 60cc race wins at Killarney last time out, but not if Troy Dolinschek (RKT Kosmic), rapid SAKRA class rookie Denis Joubert; Kyle Visser (Charl Electrical Engineering Kosmic), fresh from a positive Vereeniging outing, Dylan Snell and Jason MacBeath have anything to do about it. Maxterino now includes the new SAKRA class where kids race with engines drawn from a hat, where Joubert, Lucas Royston, Paul Malcolm, Mikhail Fernandez and Luca Wehrli will compete.
The under-11 Mini Max is another class where anyone can win between Reza Levy (Jive/Levy Racing CRG), Julius Schwager (Kosmic), Valentino Hoffman (GP Energy FA Kart), Joaquin De Oliveira (ESA Zanardi) and karting lass Mishca Williams, while Reese Koorzen is out to repeat his under-8 Cadet winning form over Joshua Smit, Ethan Deacon and rookies Luan Mostert and Eric Norman.
A Killarney kart race day is not a Killarney kart race day without the regular Clubmen fighting it out and the weekend will see Jody Van Rensburg, Terry Watt, Kyle Poulter, Andrew Thomas, Charles Matthewson and Wayne Abegglen among those keen to unsettle Kian van der Merwe, who drove to a trio of wins last time.
Don't miss the action on Saturday - Killarney Raceway is on Potsdam Road, Killarney Gardens with the kart track situated across from the main circuit pit complex. Cape kart meets offer a cool atmosphere with entertaining commentary and great grub and drinks at the clubhouse in the pits. Adult entry is R60 per adult, R20 for under-16s and under-12s are free.
See you at the Killarney karts!