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Mostert drives a great cause to third

Little Luan Mostert completed his first full season of karting by not only taking third in the Western Province under-8 Cadet championship race at the last turn at Killarney on Saturday, but the young man also made a huge statement by turning up with his kart all dressed up in pink to celebrate his AMV team’s R5000 donation to Pink Drive in support of Breast Cancer. Bastion Laerskool Brackenfell Grade 1 kid Mostert then went on to move up to clinch third in the championship with a fine third place on the day.

“We knew what we had to do today,” Luan admitted. “But it was not going to be easy!” I qualified well but we were only fourth — Eric Norman, Ethan Deacon and me were seven-thousandths of a second apart on the grid — wow it was so close! “Then race 1 was also very close — Ethan beat me to third by a tenth of a second, but the second race was a problem — I spun on the fifth lap and lost a lap so I was only fifth, but I fought back to third in the last race.

So we ended up third for the day, but I was able to wrap up third in the championship and I am very happy with that! Next year some of the more experienced guys go up to bigger classes, so we will be fighting for my first win and many more too — I can’t wait. “Thanks so much to everyone for all the help and support — uncle Kito Perdigao and uncle Luke Herring, my mom and dad and nono Franco Donadio.”

As proud as he was to take third in the championship, Luan was equally delighted to raise awareness for breast cancer. “When my mom told me we were making my kart pink I was very cross and I said no!” Luan explained. “But then mom and dad sat and explained to me what it means to support the Pink Drive and I was very happy — and very proud to race in pink this weekend — just like all the F1 cars did! “I also dared my rivals to make a contribution so we hope we are making a difference!”