But it's race faces on for Killarney karts
It may be Spring Weekend come Saturday 2 September, but that won’t make much of a difference to Province karters as the Western Province Regional championship heads into the final stretch at the Killarney Kart Track’s penultimate seventh round races. With some title chases in the balance, it will be no-holds barred, while other drivers will be out to wrap up the championship as soon as possible based on their strong showings through the year.
Jurie Swart was one of the men keen to wrap the Rotax DD2 title aboard his EMR CRG, and another trio of race wins won’t do his efforts any harm at all. Swart leads Jonathan Thomas (Partners Hair CRG) by 45 points in the championship chase, with Andrew Rackstraw (CRG) a further 14 points adrift, but never ignore Julian van der Watt, who is quick but has missed races to compete on the national main circuit this season. There’s a separate battle going down among the madalas in DD2 Masters, where Jacques De Bruyn holds a handy title advantage over Ernst Viljoen in DD2 Masters.
Luke Herring (LHR Kosmic) is one man who can possibly wrap up the WP Senior Max 125cc title on Saturday - Luke holds a sizeable 50 point advantage over young charger Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic), with Andrew Rackstraw (Tony Kart) third from Reece Oellermann, but possible wildcards the likes of Dino Stermin and Dario Busi could very well stir things up there.
There’s a close fight going down in the super-quick new club championship DVS class, where Kohen Bam (FA Kart) is maintaning home honour over Gauteng driver Arnold Neveling, while the likes of Dino Stermin (Designer Trims Kosmic), Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic), Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic) Julian van der Watt and Delano Fowler will be out to show who is boss.
Charl Visser (Charl Electric FA Kart) had an exceptional day in the high school classes last time out, taking a close 125cc Junior Max overall win aboard his Charl Electric FA Kart over Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic) and Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic), but those three sit in reverse order in the championship chase where Coetzee is in a handy lead. Visser will need positive results to stay in third though - Simon Simpson-Heath sits just three points adrift with Nicholas Sage and the Lanfear sisters, Gabi and Jade and brother Storm snapping at their heels.
Visser was unstoppable in the first ever OKJ Academy race last time out and he will be keen to assert his overseas experience in that class to fend off the likes of locals Storm Lanfear and Sibo Solomon.
The Cape’s primary school classes can be expected to deliver their usual thrills, but Tate Bishop (TB Kosmic) has an iron grip on the under-12 Maxterino 60cc over Kyle Visser (Charl Electric Zanardi), Jason MacBeath (Kosmic), and SAKRA Kosmic duo Denis Joubert and Dylan Snell, but they will all be looking over their shoulders for the quick Troy Dolinschek (Makita Kosmic).
Joseph Oelz (Kosmic) and Kai Van Zyl (SAKRA Kosmic), Tate Bishop (TB Kosmic) and Sibo Solomon (Kosmic) will continue to fight out the under-13 Mini Max 125cc championship with Thaqib Meyer, Andre Le Riche and Luca Wehrli looking on. Valentino Hoffman (FA Kart) Joaquin De Oliveira (EA Partners FA Kart) and Reza Levy (ALR CRG) are involved in a tight under-11 Micro Max 125cc title tussle and will all come under renewed pressure from African Open winner Reese Koorzen (FA Kart), Ethan Stier and Mischa Williams next weekend.
The baby under-8 Cadet 50cc kids are also involved in a tight championship chase with Joshua Smit dicing Reese Koorzen for the lead and Ethan Deacon fighting Luan Mostert and Eric Norma off for that title third. There’s another close fight going down among the Cape Clubmen where Class A drivers Andrew Thomas and Jody Van Rensburg are fighting for both overall and class honours and not far ahead of Class C pilot Terry Watt and Class B leader Kyle Poulter.
Find Killarney Raceway on Potsdam Road, Killarney Gardens with the kart track situated across from the main circuit pit complex. There’s always a cool atmosphere at the track with entertaining commentary and great grub and drinks at the clubhouse in the pits. Entry is R60 per adult, R20 for under-16s and under-12s are free.