WhatRotax Mini Max Grand Final Report
WhereSarno, Napoli, Italy
WhenSaturday 26 October 2019

Close, but no world title cigar for Troy

Pietermatritzburg karting sensation Troy Snyman came to within two corners of becoming a world Rotax Max karting champion over the weekend, but contact between the leaders saw both karts off the track and Troy limping home eleventh in the under-13 Mini Max Grand Final. It was a trying week for Snyman, who had to fight back from the cauldron of the mid pack to launch his attack following a tough few days of practice and qualifying heats.

“We came so close to pulling it off against all odds,” Troy admitted. “The weekend started well and I was in the top ten in most sessions as we tuned our brand new chassis in and I was even top three once or twice, but I struggled for whatever reason and only qualified 14th for my first heat. “Then it went from bad to worse — being so far back, there is always far more chance for drama and that’s exactly what happened — I became caught up in a major incident and lost 16 places to end up a horrible 30th!

“The second quali heat went a bit better, but I knocked my nose cone off and took a 5-place penalty to finish up 19th, which meant I started the Pre Final in a dreadful 24th. “We had a mountain to climb and I was pretty nervous about another incident, but I put everything into it and drove the race of my life to pass 19 karts to end up fifth.

So I would start the Grand Final in fifth. “We were delighted — from there we could do something from there on Saturday…

“I was pretty nervous Saturday morning and the Final started well enough, I was up to third early on but in a wild 7-kart slipstreaming lead dice and found myself at the back, so took a few laps before pushing back up to fourth for a while. “The laps were running out, so I made a move on third and then up to second at the beginning of the last lap and also managed to break away from the wild kids behind me.

“The leader was a second ahead, but I was not going to give up and pushed as hard as I could — he made a small mistake and I was on him with a few corners to go with a world championship there for the taking. “I made my move with two corners to go — it was a but cheeky, but he slammed the door closed and we collided and both of us went off. “That was it — game over — I limped home in eleventh.

“We were racing for the world title — no quarter given, no quarter taken, I took my chances and it did not pay off, but that’s racing — disappointing but we will remember the positives. “The Rotax Mini Max Grand Final was an incredible weekend and I managed to come from 24th on the Pre Final Grid to challenge for the win in the Grand Final. “Next time maybe the luck will go my way — bring it on!”

“I would like to thank my guru Wesleigh Orr — having a double world champion in my corner is a huge bonus and now we know we can do it — and also to my family and everyone else who has helped and supported my efforts — it is all greatly appreciated — thank you, one and all!"


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