|What||African Open & Northern Regions Karting Round 4 Report|
|Where||Zwartkops International Kart Raceway, Pretoria|
|When||30 June - 1 July 2018|
|Community||Cape Town, Western Province + National.|
Coetzee’s weekend of ups and downs
Cape Town karter Jason Coetzee had a busier weekend than most at Zwartkops’s double-header of African Open and Northern Regions races. Coetzee raced in both Senior Max and DD2, which meant racing twelve times over two days as he ran in Saturday’s regional races in preparation for Sunday’s African championship in a weekend that brought both wins and woes.
“I had a strong weekend in DD2,” Jason admitted. “There was a full field with all the best drivers in South Africa and beyond competing, so I was pretty happy to have ended up in tenth and sixth in the heats and qualified sixth for the African Open DD2 Final. “I had a good dice and finished fifth in the Final — I’m pretty chuffed with that in such a competitive class. “It was a weekend for fifths in DD2,” Jason smiled. “I came fifth in the Northern Regions races too with a fifth, a sixth and a seventh in the three heats.
“Senior Max was much more of an emotional weekend — Saturday was great — I won the final and took a couple of seconds to share the Northern Regions win with Dominic Lincoln and Sunday’s African Open was pretty good until the last lap! “I qualified fourth for the first heat and moved up to third in the race and took second in the second heat to qualify for second for the Final.
“It all went a little pear-shaped from there — there was plenty action on the first lap and I ended up off and dropped down to 13th, but I was back to sixth by the third lap and then fought up to third, but Dubai driver Liam Crystal and I made contact and I dropped back to eighth — all that work came to nought. “We’ll take the positives home — we learned a lot this weekend and head to the remaining nationals looking for best possible results - thanks so much to my team and everyone in my corner — it was a big effort this weekend!”