Five karters take all at Killarney
The second round of the Western Cape Karting Championships on Saturday saw six drivers in dominant form as the Province’s top karters put the finishing touches to their preparations for the opening round of the SA championships at Vereeniging this weekend. Luke Herring, Jason Coetzee, Valentino Hoffman, Joshua Smit and Isabelle Fowler won all three of their races, as did Jurie Swart, although one of his wins remains subject to post-race deliberation.
Luke Herring (RKT LHR Kosmic) continued to make the open age group Senior Max class his own, adding another three victories to his card over class rookie Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic), who beat Jurie Swart (EMR CRG) two second places to one, to stand on the second step of the podium ahead of Swart, Dino Stermin, Andrew Rackstraw and Reece Oellermann.
Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic) likewise once again dominated high school Junior Max to maintain his perfect title chase so far, but not before he had to deal with Sebastian Boyd, whose Boyd Boss Kosmic had built huge lead. But Jason reeled him in over last few laps to take the win. Charl Visser and JP Hamman fought over fourth and the same the piece of tarmac, which ended in tears to Allow Simon Simpson-Heath to nick third for the day from Visser, Nicholas Sage, Hamman and Tyler Croy.
Little Valentino Hoffman (GP Energy FA Kart) was in top form in the junior primary age Micro Max, where he beat Julius Schwager (Kosmic) three times ahead of Joaquin De Oliveira (ESA Zanardi), who beat Mischa Williams and Reza Levy off for third.
The Cadet race was delayed when the flywheel on Koorsen’s kart exploded, but everyone rallied to replace the damaged engine and attend to his sore arm to allow Reece to finish the race as karting won. On track, Joshua Smit was unstoppable to win three times over Ethan Deacon, the improving Luan Mostert, Eric Norman, Koorzen and rookie Yusuf Parker.
Isabelle Fowler (Suprocom Tony Kart) made a victorious return to Clubmans, but not before she was relegated to last on the grid after her chassis broke. That was not enough to stop the Stellenbosch lass from racing back through the pack to hit the front on the final lap and deny Jody van Resnsburg the win. Isabelle went on to make it a triple for the day ahead of Class B runners Mario Ras, Jody van Rensburg and Andrew Thomas, while Kyle Poulter beat Terry Watt and Jonathan Gunn to Class C honours.
The quickest open age group DD2 class saw Jurie Swart racing to a triple victory aboard his EMR CRG, but he was found underweight after losing a side pod in the second race. But race officials effectively excluded him from wrong class at the wrong time citing the wrong infringement. That allowed Julian van der Watt (Zanardi) to provisionally take the overall win from Jonathan Thomas (Partners CRG), Andrew Rackstraw (CRG), Tristan de Nobrega and Christopher Vrettos, but those results remain subject to protests and appeal.
The primary school Maxterinos survived a red flag to deliver the races of the day as Troy Dolinschek (Makita Kosmic) fought through from a lowly grid position, but was unable to depose Tate Bishop (TPB Kosmic) for the win, while impressive newcomer Dylan Snell ended race 1 in third. Dolinschek ran home a close winner over Bishop, the recovered Kyle Visser (Charl Electrical Engineering Zanardi) and Snell in the second and third races, with Jason MacBeath next up from SAKRA runners Lucas Royston, Denis Joubert and Paul Malcolm, Reza Levy and Mikhail Fernandez (SAKRA) overall.
Last but not least, Mini Max was all about Kai van Zyl (SAKRA Kosmic) although heat 2 delivered an epic battle between Joseph Oelz (Kosmic), who ousted van Zyl in that race. Kai’s race 1 and 3 wins however saw him take the day from Oelz, Tate Bishop, Sibo Solomon, Andre Le Riche, Thaqib Meyer and Luke Oellerman.
The Cape’s top karters now head north to Vereeniging and the opening round of the SA National Karting Championships Monday 20 March, before the next regional at Killarney 8 April and then the WP national on 29 April.