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Alibhai shines in iDube kart wars

Aqil Alibhai enjoyed another most competitive karting national peppered with furious dices, a pole position, fastest lap and a race win as he did double duty at iDube’s third round South African National Karting Championships in the KZN Midlands on Saturday. Alibhai ended up second overall in Maxterino and fourth in Mini Max to keep his championship challenges at full steam ahead in both classes.

“I had a great day at iDube,” Aqil admitted. “I think I overtook and I was overtaken thirty times through the weekend - we had some wild races and it was really great fun.” The Ormonde 11-year old started the weekend in style with pole position in Maxterino pole before enjoying a titanic battle with Tate Bishop, the two of them swapping the lead literally lap by lap with Aqil eventually taking the win by 0.1 seconds in the end.

Race 2 was much the same but their dice allowed the bunch to close in at the end. “Tate and me were racing so hard that we allowed Jordan Brooks who came from behind to steal the win by just 0.2 sec!” Aqil admitted after ending second. “And race 3 was a great 10-kart — I had to fight back from fifth with two laps to go, to finish second - what a race!”

Aqil qualified third for Mini Max and chased Leyton Fourie and Daniel De Paiva home in  the opening race with the three covered by just 0.2 seconds, before fighting with de Paiva to end third in race 2 and then taking fourth in the final to end up a close fourth for the day. “It was a hard day, but a very good day — thanks to my rivals for the great racing and to everyone else at the track and in our team!”