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Visser makes up 13 places in Academy Final

Cape Town kart racer Charl Visser had a tough first encounter at the FIA-CIK Karting Academy in Genk, Belgium over the weekend, when he was hit with carburetor problems in qualifying. But the Durbanville youngster fought back hard to qualify for the final, where he made up thirteen places in the final.

"I had to drive my heart out today, Charl explained. “I started the final last and made up thirteen places to finish 21st, although I was one of several drivers to suffer a nose cone penalty and ended up being classified 24th overall. “Still, I am very happy with my drive today.

“The reason we ended up so far back was a very bad qualifying — we had a carburettion problem and the kart would not run right. “So we changed the carburettor but I ended up starting all the heats in 34th and last and just squeaked into the final, again in 34th. “The final was great though and I enjoyed a tremendous battle, picking off the karts ahead one by one.

“I learned so much again this weekend and I can’t wait to get back to the next Academy round in France in July.” Charl and kid brother Kyle meanwhile return to home action at the fourth round of the Western Province karting championships Saturday 20 May before the next national at iDube, KZN in June.