Northern Regions races deliver action
Zwartkops International Kart Raceway hosted the Rand Kart Club’s thrilling third round Northern Regions Rotax Max Karting Championship races on Saturday and while certain drivers continued on their dominant championship way in some of the classes, others delivered frantic, competitive action.
Perhaps the hardest-fought class in the country at the moment, the high school Junior Max brigade delivered and then some as three different drivers claimed each of the three races to see final heat winner Jayden Els best fight back to steal overall honours on a day that saw all the frontrunners suffering good and bad through the day. Els struggled in the first two races won by Aqil Alibhai and Jarrod Waberski to emerge the winner over Waberski, the hard fighting Daniele Patrizi and Alibhai, with Leyton Fourie fifth from Kwanda Mokoena, who delivered a great last race fight-back to claim sixth overall.
Bradley Liebenberg took the open DD2 gearbox class with two wins and a second on the day after race 1 winner Arnold Neveling slipped in race 2 and retired from race 3 to allow Masters winner Cristiano Morgado to take second for the day from Eugene Brittz, lady karting star Ivana Cetinich and visiting Cape lightie Jason Coetzee covered by two points in third, fourth and fifth and Brandon Smith sixth. Philippe Chapat, Jean-Pierre Joubert, Pascal Acquaah and Marouan Selmi followed Morgado home in the Masters standings.
Nicholas Verheul was one of the men to dominate, taking three straight wins to stake his claim to the Northern regions Senior Max championship, while Liam Pienaar and Wayland Wyman shared out the second places en route to second and third overall. Wyman beat East London lass Shannon Jackson to the final podium slot on a count-back with Carlo Olivier and Ian Allnutt in fifth and sixth.
Domination was also the order of the day in the primary school classes where Jordan Brooks romped off to a trio of under-13 Mini Max wins over Matthew Morrell. There was however another close-fought fight for that podium step too, as Jayden Goosen edged out Liam de Beer by just a point, with de Beer, Michele Patrizi and Joshua De Paiva covered by all of three points in their tussle for fourth.
Joshua De Paiva however made no mistakes as he ticked off three straight under-11 Micro Max heat wins to topple the recently dominant Muhammad Wally, who instead found himself fighting Troy Snyman off for second. KC Ensor-Smith enjoyed a consistent afternoon as he took three fifth places in the three races to sneak fourth over the similarly consistent Kyle Beukes, who pipped Mohammed Moerat for fifth.
Cyril Jacobs and Tshepang Shisinwana fought hard over under-8 Cadet honours with Jacobs taking it two wins to one over Shisinwana, while Aadam Kajee, Anesu Maphumulo and Troy Van Der Laan enjoyed a great scrap for third, with Enzo Rujugiro closing off the top six.
The next round of the Northern Regions is over the double-header African Open weekend when most national competitors come to Zwartkops to race round 4 on 30 June in preparation for the wildcard Open the next day, Sunday 1 July.